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A Mother’s heart break story

I cannot tell you how familiar this story sounded, when I read it on another Davis facilitator’s site. I have literally heard these lines, word-for-word from mothers of my dyslexic students – and also as the mother of a dyslexic child, who had been struggling before I found Davis. Phrases like this mother expressed: “He will be fine,” “He just needs to try harder,” “He isn’t applying himself,” “He’ll catch up,” “You should read with him more,” “Make him read more…”

Getting clients to realize that they are not dumb, but just learn differently, is one of the main aims of a program – and of course that only happens when they prove their abilities to themselves, when that overwhelming feeling of ‘I get it now’ comes over them and you see that smile and start believing in themselves.

Yes, they still have their creativity and the genius way of thinking, inventing, dreaming – but after they unlock their potential, they also have a way of showing this to the world:

http://www.drangiesplace.com/davis-program-saved-son/

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I Suck at Poems

Well, that’s what my 14-year old client told me today and I wrote these words down vertically for him to give me an acrostic poem:

P.S. An acrostic poem is a type of poetry where the first, last or other letters in a line spell out a particular word or phrase. The most common and simple form of an acrostic poem is where the first letters of each line spell out the word or phrase.

am lost

o lost

U sually not so lost.

C losed shows

K iss my nose

A t the snow

T onight’s the night

P ity she’s not here

O pen mouth

E ats cake

M y stuff is tough

S o tough.

It certainly got him over writer’s block and opened the gate to writing and expressing himself. Why not try it yourself – it works with any message, of course. Often it’s very daunting trying to write an essay, when you are creative and your mind just seems to race in every direction – yet no words make it to the page.


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Invented Spelling

Have you ever heard of Invented Spelling? You may have seen it in your child’s writing, like I did, when my dyslexic boy was in Year 1, 2, 3 ….

I used to cringe, when I looked at Keanu’s very brief essay, spelling ‘finx’ (instead of ‘thinks’) among many other creative spelling ideas – but now a new study has confirmed that invented spelling has a lot of merit. Dr. J. Richard Gentry penned the essay ‘Raising Readers, Writers, and Spellers’ for “Psychology Today”.

His ‘invented spelling thesis’ is based on a study they did over years, following the level of literacy levels in students. To their surprise they found that those students whose literacy peaked early through memorization of sight words ended up with a lower level of literacy later in life than the children who learned over time by misspelling and not memorizing passively.

So instead of correcting your child, he suggests that it would be wiser to encourage them to keep on writing, reading it back to you. After that you can write their text correctly and ask them to read it again, yet never to point out the difference in spelling or any of their mistakes. Tricky words may look like Keanu’s ‘finx’, then evolve to ‘tinx’ – ‘thinx’ – ‘thinks’…all organically and when the child is ready. By then the word is truly integrated and actively known.

To read the full article, click here:

http://www.parent.co/sight-words-are-so-2016-new-study-finds-the-real-key-to-early-literacy/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialWarfare


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Davis Gift of Dyslexia Workshop

I have recently decided to take on a Davis trained person to help me run ‘Sydney Dyslexia’ in Mosman. Ever since my lovely graphic designer friend made a new website (www.sydlexia.com.au) for me and won several awards for it, it has been even busier than before. About a month ago he decided to also put up posters for the origami exercises all around Sydney CBD to create awareness of Dyslexia (all at his own cost!) and of the cool new site. Unfortunately/fortunately that has caused even more enquiries and I am not really in the position to look after each new potential client properly.

Unfortunately there are currently no new facilitators here in Sydney and the trainers from New Zealand have decided to introduce a new Gift of Dyslexia workshop for 10-13 July 2017. These four day-workshops are incredibly insightful and are often all that a teacher or tutor needs to help the children in his class or his clients. It also represents the first part of a training towards a certified Davis Dyslexia facilitator.

Please email me if you would like more information, prices (which I haven’t received yet) and details about it: hoi.barbara1@gmail.com…or reply to this blog.

Thank you!

Barbara