Dyslexic problems usually start in school.
Many bright, potentially dyslexic, toddlers, use their dyslexic thinking style to relate to the world around them. As a result, they have ideas, language and opinions beyond their years.
Parents, for that reason, relax in the belief that everything is going to be plain sailing for these little ones. They are often, therefore, eager to have their children start school. They appear so ready. Parents can think they are wasting precious time at home when they could be making headway in the field of education.
For many parents, the child who comes home from school is almost a changeling. Not making the progress expected. Lagging behind in terms of reading and writing and, perhaps, arithmetic. Possibly acting up in class: the ‘naughty’ one who disrupts the others, the class clown. Frequently unhappy, disinterested or angry, changeable in mood.
Parental hopes and expectations are thus dashed and anxiety sets in.
Visual/spatial v audio/sequential learner
School’s teaching is biased is towards the audio/sequential, or verbal, thinker. Those who hear the sound of words in their head. The potential dyslexic tends to be a visual/spatial thinker; someone who thinks using mental images. When you understand How Dyslexia Happens and see how school’s bias frequently, therefore, leaves the visual/spatial thinker behind, it becomes clear why this seemingly bright toddler seems to be failing so much as a schoolchild. You will see why it follows that all the phonic instruction in the world is never going to turn a dyslexic child into a fluent reader, who understands the text.
The aim of The Davis Programme is to give these children conscious control over the talent at the root of their thinking style. They will , therefore, no longer be handicapped by the bias of the academic curriculum to tend to teach exclusively to the strengths of the verbal thinker. 30% of learners at the top of most classes are visual/spatial (therefore: dyslexic) thinkers who have cracked the audio/sequential code. A Davis programme offers the struggling dyslexic child the opportunity to do the same.