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VOL. 42 Davis Dyslexia Association International ISSUE 3 • 2006

The Seven Causes of Handwriting

Problems, Part 1
Excerpted from The Gift of Learning Handwriting is an art form that
by Ronald D. Davis and Eldon Braun requires certain skills to accomplish.
Some people may consider it dispensable
Until the typewriter was widely used, in today’s education process, but the
good handwriting was considered education system still considers legible
essential. Clerks and scribes wrote handwriting an essential element of the
every legal and business document in grade school curriculum. A child with
impeccable script. People spent a lot dysgraphia (difficulty writing) or
of time and effort composing personal agraphia (inability to write) is likely to
letters to friends and relatives. Now be labeled “learning disabled” and sent
there is considerable debate as to to special education. I think most of us
whether or not good handwriting is would agree that it is handy and valuable
relevant in today’s world of computers, to be able to fill out paper forms, or to
e-mail and such. If a student can learn jot down a grocery list you can read
to use a keyboard and a spell checker, once you get to the store. An individual
maybe that’s enough to get by. (Cont’d on p. 6)

IN THIS ISSUE Mr. Lucas and the Capital A

Excerpted from the book “Homeschooling and
News & Feature Articles the Voyage of Self-Discovery” by David H. Albert

Mr. Lucas, my sixth grade teacher at to junior high school, was there to
The Seven Causes of Handwriting . . . .
Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Public School #131 AND Three- ensure the incoming students from P.S.
Mr. Lucas and the Capital A . . . . . . . .1 Quarters in New York City had a plan 131-3/4 were not going to be found
Overcoming a Roadblock . . . . . . . . . .3 (I’ve changed the number to protect, wanting. Or at least not if he had any
well, I’m not exactly sure what I’m say in the matter.
trying to protect, but it Mr. Lucas was a former
Humor Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

seemed like a good idea). military man who fought in

Famous Dyslexics Remember . . . . . . . .5

We were all going to North Africa in WW II. One

Dynamic Duo “Entrepreneurs . . . . . . .9

leave his 6th grade class of his preferred activities

Bee Wear the Spill Chequer . . . . . . . . .9
with absolutely perfect was to regale us with stories
Gift of Dyslexia Now in Danish . . . . .11
Ecos Colombianos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 handwriting, and he was of imbibing diverse varieties
A Davis Graduate Speaks . . . . . . . . .18 going to make sure that it of African bug juice, thus
Facilitation and Freedom . . . . . . . . . .23 happened his way. You making all the girls, including
see, he understood that Stacy Schwartz who was
our current state of already too hot from her new
Regular Features
In the Mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
imperfection wasn’t our training bra (did they really
Book Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10-11 fault. It was a result of need training?), extremely
Q&A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16-17 poor teaching and a lack uncomfortable. (Would “bug
New Davis Licensees . . . . . . . . . .20-25 of attention to detail in the earlier juice talk” now be considered a form
grades, and he, being in charge of us of sexual harassment?) So his plan was
before we made the great leap forward simple: handwriting was to take place
Davis Workshops . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-28

(Cont’d on p. 8)

In the Mail:
help. She is even talking about taking completing Alphabet Mastery and
college classes when she reaches high Punctuation Mastery and progressing
school. to Spell-Reading, he complained of
I feel that the Davis Method is a glare from the white background
a gold mine that we were fortunate against the black text of the book we
Five years later
Dear DDAI:
Our daughter attended the Davis enough to find. My greatest wish is were reading. It didn’t appear to be
Method training in Renton, that all kids had this opportunity. linked to any specific triggers at word
Washington with Marilyn Anderson Kristine Morrison or letter level.
in 3rd grade. The difference that one I decided to conduct an experiment
week made in her life is immeasurable. with ReadOn, because of its versatile
facility to select a wide variety of
Success with ReadOn
Even five years later, she is reaping Dear DDAI:
the benefit of that week. She is active I feel compelled to share with you an different colours for both text and
in sports, has A’s in reading, science, exciting experience I had recently background.
math and history, and a B+ in writing. with an adult client using the ReadOn We discovered that with black
She is an eager learner, becoming an software. text on a lightish grey background my
avid reader, and has an attitude and The young man I was working client didn't experience any “glare.”
confidence that is awesome. She is the with showed symptoms of what I took So I asked him to read from the screen
one that the other students call for to be scotopic sensitivity. After with plenty of Release and Alignment.
Every few sentences, I lightened
the background very slightly, asking
my client to continue monitoring his
Copyright 2001 Randy Glasbergen. www.glasbergen.com

Release and Alignment and taking a

break whenever “glare” symptoms
By the end of the programme,
we had progressed to a background
just off of white.
Last week, he came back for a
Review session. When I asked him
about his progress in reading, he
casually commented, “Oh, by the way,
that glare thing doesn’t happen any
more. So I’ve been reading loads from
books and newspapers.”
Best wishes,
Richard Whitehead
Director DDA-UK
Staplehurst, Kent

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improvement, and then we tried and now shuns new activities, rarely
an eye therapy program that was willing to step out of his small area of
said to cure eye-tracking and comfort. How I miss that silly, playful
focus issues. After more than a little boy, and I do realize that I have
year, we abandoned the eye played a part in his withdrawal. In my
therapy, much to Nathan’s relief. frenzied attempt to identify the problem
Based on his poor performance, and find the right program, I was hard
we had Nathan repeat first grade on him. I pushed, begged and bribed
when we moved to a new area. him, hoping that if he just experienced
some success, doors would open for
By the time Nathan entered fifth him. I only succeeded in helping to
Tests and More Tests
By Janet,
Nathan’s Mom grade, he had been tested by cement his obstinacy and create a
the public school with the full thick barrier of resistance between us.
battery of tests, a speech and A Davis Dyslexia Correction
hearing specialist, specialized Program
optometrist, Lindamood-Bell So, when we started the Davis
specialists etc. Although the Program, it was clear that Nathan
One roadblock overcome; combined costs of these tests, would be resistant. He had tried so
many more to conquer. programs and tutoring hours many programs and worked with
added up to more than a college many wonderful people, only to find
From the time my 11-year-old Nathan education, my husband and I were most the road frustrating and unsuccessful.
was in preschool, I knew that the concerned about how the constant One month after completing the one-
traditional building blocks of academic testing, failed programs and frustratingly week Davis dyslexia correction training,
learning were not getting through to slow progress affected Nathan. Nathan’s interest had waned. He did
him. When he was four and attending During Nathan’s schooling, there not want to work on the trigger words
morning preschool, he still could not were periods when we just let him or do his daily fine-tuning; as far as
consistently identify colors or shapes. work through school on his own while he was concerned, it wasn’t helping.
Upon entering kindergarten, he had providing any needed support. But as Although I realized that Nathan and I
mastered only half of the alphabet more time passed it was evident that had fallen into our old dysfunctional
letters at best, and even fewer of the he was not going to “grow out of it.” roles, I had no idea how to extricate
alphabet sounds. Although French us from this situation.
fries were one of his favorite treats, I called on Dee, the director of
he often could not find the words in the Burlingame office, for help. She
his head and would simply describe encouraged me to talk openly to Nathan
the food as “those straight things.” about his resistance and feelings about
From his toddler stage on, he always the program, and to allow him to make
preferred to point and grunt rather than some suggestions on how to proceed.
using language to express himself, but He needed to be in control and set the
he was a joyful and imaginative child pace. I needed to be the supporter, not
who enjoyed playing alone with his the pusher.
toys or building elaborate structures. I talked openly with Nathan about
His preschool and kindergarten teachers The disparity between his ability and my concerns, his unwillingness to
all assured me that he would “grow the classroom expectations grew more proceed with the program. Although
out of it.” He was a happy, playful quickly with each grade level. he didn’t respond or offer much
child who laughed often and loved his Amazingly, Nathan always earned information, he seemed, at least more
friends and the activities in school. good grades, mostly a B average. But open to setting a schedule and following
By the time Nathan was in first these were hard won. The amount of through. His difficulty with the Koosh
grade, it became clear that he was not time and effort to stay afloat grew balls, I think, stemmed from his roving
progressing, and he started to show incrementally with each passing year. mind’s ear, so we have been doing the
signs of frustration and fatigue where It was inconceivable that he could work ping exercise daily along with the Koosh
school was concerned. Individual any harder. The playful kindergartener balls. Although he lacks enthusiasm at
tutoring that consisted of more of the had turned into a solitary, quiet fifth times, he has been consistent.
same phonics and memory-based grader who worked hard, talked little Yesterday we counted up all the
learning by his well-meaning teacher and opted out of any social involvement words he has completed; he had 16
proved fruitless. By the end of first or lunchtime activities. words finished. Realizing that he was
grade, Nathan had been tutored in the Over the years, Nathan has close to his first benchmark, 25, he
Lindamood-Bell program without withdrawn from his circle of friends agreed to work with the clay on a
weeknight. In our earlier conversations, He was still angrily crying, and I
I had mentioned that tension was could hear him clambering up onto his
growing between us because I was bunk bed. When I went in his room, he
pushing and he was shutting down. was curled up in his covers sobbing. I
I told him that I did not want this quietly asked him if he wanted me to
program to become a burden on our stay or leave. “If you don’t want to see
relationship; if it was going to work, or talk to me, I will leave you alone,
he needed to be motivated and meet but I want you to know that I am here
me more than halfway. I asked him for you.”
how he felt when it was time to work think of anything to make. We made Not surprisingly, there was no
with the clay or do fine-tuning. What up more examples and I encouraged answer. I slowly climbed up the bunk
was he seeing in his mind? How did him to use me in the sentences. “Why bed and lay down next to him. His
his body react? Never one to elaborate, don’t you say something like, ‘When head and body were turned away from
he simply grunted and shrugged his Mom pushes me, I resist.’” me in an attempt to shut everything
shoulders. I described the signs he He grudgingly made a model the out, so I just snuggled up next to him
exhibited when he was shutting down: size of a tack. I questioned how he and hugged him and rubbed his back
no eye contact, no words – responding could possibly show the word resist in repeating, “I am here for you, go
with grunts and shrugs – turning his such small figures. He moaned and ahead and cry, get it out.” I couldn’t
back on me, fiddling with his hands or slouched; I teased him that he was help but cry myself; I felt so useless,
hair, to name a few. He acknowledged “resisting” me and continued to make but I started to realize that I cannot do
that he resists me but I wasn’t sure he sentences containing the words resist, any of this for Nathan. He needs to
wasn’t simply agreeing with me to get Nathan and Mom. He made bigger work through these tough spots. I
me to stop pestering him. models but didn’t put a head on his body. don’t have the power to take the pain
At the family dinner table the topic As he was cutting one block into away. As you know, that is a very
of the dyslexia correction program came two legs for a model of him, it looked difficult realization for a mom.
up. Both John and I asked Nathan if like the Nathan model was kicking the I asked Nathan again, ”Do you
he thought the program fit him, if the Mom model. I teased him and said that want me to stay?” He nodded yes so I
fine-tuning and other techniques make a it really showed “fighting against” even hugged him tighter and let him cry.
difference at school. He enthusiasticallythough I don’t think he did it on purpose. Then, he got up to move, turned and
said that it was helping, that he noticesHe continued to hem and haw, so I hugged me tight. My heart melted.
a difference – thumbs up. Again, John encouraged him to finish the final step After awhile, I asked what he was
and I looked at each other, a bit dubious;
of the process. feeling. He said, “Sad, mad.” I asked if
we often found that Nathan would say Spelling the word, he was clearly he was mad at me, and he said, “kind
anything to end conversations about frustrated; I could feel the anger bubbling of.” I told him he can be really mad at
his difficulties. up inside. He spelled it wrong and me, he doesn’t have to lessen it with
insisted he couldn’t do it; didn’t like it ‘kind of.’ I asked how his body felt.
After dinner, Nathan got out the clay etc. etc. I asked him if he wanted to He said he felt tight in his stomach and
The Walls Go Up

and we worked on three words. His take a break. “NO!” his fists became clenched. I explained
energy level was high and he was “Should we just stop here and that he probably had such a big reaction
motivated to do more even though it come back?” “NO!” to this word because it is such a part of
was getting late. After finishing three “Well, Nate it is up to you.” And his defense system. I asked him if he
words, I suggested that we do the word I just sat and waited. Clearly he was resists other people and experiences
“resist.” Nathan was reluctant and fighting within himself. My guess is besides me, and he said, “Sometimes.”
tried to persuade me to do it later, but that he was very uncomfortable and I smiled at him and announced, “This is
I held my ground saying that Dee had wanted to run away. Finally, he took a a good thing. We hit a major road block!
suggested we try it. look at me and ran out of the room. Do you understand why it is good?”
The definition was “to fight He slammed doors, threw things and “Yes,” Nate said, “because now I
against or work against,” – easy broke a light. I could hear him sobbing can work through it.” This resistance
enough to visualize. When we started from the other room. had become such a part of Nathan’s
making sentences, I said, “When I coping skills that he had never realized
want to work with the clay, Nathan
Sad, Mad how much he had been automatically
What do I do? It was so hard to hear shutting out. He acknowledged that he
sometimes resists me.” He looked at the frustration and pain in his voice,
me but didn’t say anything. As we “doesn’t do” things because of this
but I was afraid to go after him. internal resistance. We talked about
worked on the models, Nathan quickly Wasn’t I the one causing this reaction?
became deflated. He didn’t like this how hard it is to look inside ourselves
I let him simmer for ten minutes and and see things that are working against
word; it was too long. He couldn’t then decided to see what he was up to. us, but it is a necessary step towards
positive change. of the United
After some States. He whipped
quiet time, I asked through all the
Nathan if he just answers, spelling
wanted to stay in the important ones.
bed. He said that When I asked him
he wanted to get where his energy
up. Then I asked dial was, he said,
him if I should “5.” After a long
clean up the clay. hug, Nathan
“No,” he said, “I skipped off to bed.
want to finish it
now.” There was no mumbling or
When I went to
check on him 10 minutes later he was Learning Numbers
indecision. We sat down and looked at sleeping blissfully. The teacher asked one of her
his broken model. I teased him about This was a powerful experience young students if he knew his
breaking us apart. He laughed. He took and most of the way through it I had numbers.
a deep breath and said, “Resist meaning no idea what steps I should take. “Yes,” he said. “I do. My father
to fight against or work against; Thanks to Dee’s guidance and support, taught me.”
r-e-s-i-s-t, t-s-i-s-e-r, r-e-s-i-s-t, resist.” we hurdled a difficult roadblock. “Good. What comes after three.”
He turned to me with a triumphant “Four,” answers the boy.
smile. “What comes after six?”
Today I had an epiphany – instead of
I then showed Nathan my model. trying to avoid the hard stuff in life, it “Seven.”
I had made a block model of Nathan is so important to face it head on. My “Very good,” says the teacher.
with a sour face and arms outstretched personal strategy has been avoidance “Your dad did a good job. What
keeping everything at a distance. My of conflict – to keep everything calm comes after ten?”
Mom model had open arms and and under control; Nathan has been “A jack,” says the little boy.
concerned eyes. I wrapped my model’s modeling me. Now I see the importance
arms around the rigid Nathan model of meeting challenges with a positive
and said, “Resist – to fight against or belief that resolving and overcoming
to work against. Even when Nathan tough spots makes life better. And I
“He who uses many words
resists, Mom still loves him.” Nathan am going to provide my children with
to explain any subject,
gave me a bright smile and hug. the opportunity and encouragement to
doth, like the cuttlefish,
While we cleaned up the clay, meet their personal struggles with a
hide himself for the most
Nathan remembered that he needed to sense of confidence and purpose.
study for his 50-State test. We went
part in his own ink.”
One roadblock overcome, many
and snuggled in my bed with the map
– John Ray, Naturalist
more to conquer. v (1627-1705)

Famous Dyslexics Remember

Dan Malloy, Barbara Corcoran, real estate executive, author and TV
mayor of personality. In the February 2006 Fortune Magazine article
Stamford, by David Whitford, she states, “If you can picture it, you
Connecticut and can get it. It’s a great business talent, because I could always
2006 candidate for see it all right away–the timetable, the money, me being
Governor. In an successful.”
interview with The
Associated Press
after his nomination, he stated, Patrick Dempsey, actor and star of the TV series, Grey’s
“Realistically, if you asked people Anatomy. In a March 2006 pre-Oscar interview with Barbara
about me from my childhood, they Walters, Dempsey revealed he was diagnosed with dyslexia
would not have predicted the level of at age 12. “I think it’s made me who I am. It’s given me a
success that I’ve been able to achieve. perspective of ‘you have to keep working.’ I have never
If you can’t read, you can’t do math given up.”
and you can’t spell, then how is anyone
going to assume that you can be
– child or adult – with dysgraphia or agraphia There are three different situations wherein
Handwriting problems . . . (cont’d from p. 1)
has a problem that is more than just an disorientation can be a factor in handwriting.
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inconvenience. Even though some people The trigger word phenomena in reading
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may trivialize the problem, it can be a source dyslexia can carry over to writing, and the

of extreme embarrassment, and can contribute trigger words can cause disorientation when
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attempting to write.
Correction program is
now available from more
to lowered self esteem.
Also in this situation, a person with
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y cruzando el Paso de Chicamocha, llegué a
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Colombia como los mejores de mi vida.
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muchísimos años para “las damas”, porque el para de nuevo escaparse al aire libre. A veces,
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estímulo tan masculino de la cerveza no es cuando me sentaba en una mesa del restaurante
Mia Jenniskens para nosotras, criaturitas tan delicadas.... del patio, se revoloteaba un pajarito, posándose
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Helen Kaptein y me parece que me gusta un poco más la el mesero a ahuyentarlo con una servilleta.
+31 (0118) 64 37 73 persona que soy cuando hablo español. No es Los padres de Nicolás escogieron el “Club”
Marie Koopman en realidad que sea diferente – no sé explicarlo. porque consideraban que sería mucho más
Bilthoven Quizas es que simplemente me siento más tranquilo que un hotel en el centro bullicioso
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Carry Kuling
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+31 (0235) 287 782 repentinamente en el camiones y autobuses.
Edith Kweekel-Göldi ambiente linguístico Escogieron muy bien.
Soest +31 (035) 601 0611
colombiano fue a la vez Dentro de nuestro
Imelda Lamaker
Hilversum encanto y tortura para tranquilo santuario,
+31 (035) 621 7309 mi. Me sorprendió que Nicolás seguía muy bien
Yvie Leenaars-de Rooÿ pudiera hablar, porque las etapas del programa.
Bavel +31 (0161) 433 449
me desorientaba oyendo Había sacrificado buena
ZeiZei Lerninstitut
Drs. Siegerdina Mandema viejos sonidos, sintiendo parte de sus vacaciones
Specialist Trainer viejos sabores, recordando de verano para trabajar
Advanced Workshop
Presenter viejas amistades…. Oía conmigo. La educación
DLS Workshop Presenter palabras que no había secundaria en Colombia
DDA-Nederland Director
Robin Temple dicho desde hace más de Un sector de Girón, pueblo cerca de es exigente. Los alumnos
Specialist Trainer treinta años, cierto ritmo Bucaramanga, preservado tal como era a se matriculan en más
Workshop Presenter
Maria Hoop
y cadencia. Me di cuenta finales del siglo XIX, con calles de adoquín y cursos que nuestros
+31 (0475) 302 203 que no los había oído en ladrillo, edificios con puertas y ventanas de alumnos en EU., y no
Sjan Melsen ningún otro país de un marrón oscuro, adornadas con rejas de todos los cursos se
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América Latina, y que los metal o de madera torneada. reunen todos los días,
Marianne Oosterbaan había echado de menos. Me encontraba de modo que hace falta completar mucho
Zeist +31 (030) 691 7309 sumergida en un español que me producía la aprendizaje fuera de clase. Los colegiales
Ineke Pijp sensación de “liberación”; era como volver a también deben completar un curso de cálculo
casa después de toda una vida en el destierro. para poder recibir su diploma – un estándar
+31 (050) 542 0817
Fleur van de Polder-Paton Aunque creo que estuve silenciosa a veces, mucho más alto que el requerido en nuestro
Schiedam tratando de mantenerme en punto, observando país. Cuando llegan las vacaciones de mitad
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todo, charlamos mucho. Acerca de los cambios de año, los alumnos están más que listos para
Petra Pouw-Legêne
DLS Presenter & Mentor
en la ciudad, el país, la situación de Nicolás, su descanso, así que es un indicio claro de la
Beek +31 (046) 437 4907 la vida de las niñas…. Empezamos a conocernos. motivación de Nicolás que decidiera pasar
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Hanneke Schoemaker salones de baile, y allí completamos la trabajo. Mentalmente, él se metía muy dentro
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evaluación de Nicolás, y después, su programa. de la plastilina cuando trabajaba, y a veces
Ilse Schreuder
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Dokkum Bucaramanga, y casi siempre hizo un silencio silenciosa, y me daba cuenta de que el joven
+31 (0519) 220 315 adecuado para nuestro trabajo. Cuando andaba en alguna parte donde yo no podía
Silvia Jolanda Sikkema
queríamos tomar un descanso, podíamos salir acompañarle, que él jamás me describiría.
+31 (0512) 538 815 al lobby, o al patio donde podíamos oir el Hizo todo lo que les pedimos a los clientes, a
Tonny Stor canto de los pájaros. El lobby y el restaurante veces facilmente, otra veces haciendo mucho
Heerhugowaard del patio están cubiertos, pero abiertos al aire uso de las estrategias, y siempre en silencio.
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por dos lados. Una bandada de pajaritos anida Al tercer día, Claudia me comentó que lo veía
Karima P.A. Turkatte
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+31 (020) 696 4379 restaurante. Todo el día los pajaritos más algo tenía… Sus hermanas también habían
Mieke van Delden jóvencitos se abalanzaban desde los arboles de comentado que parecía diferente, ¿quizás un
+31 (059) 4514985 afuera, hacia adentro del edificio, dando una o poquito más feliz? Difícil identificarlo con un
dos vueltas casi rozándose con los techos, joven tan reservado… Después de su programa,
quedé en Bucaramanga para trabajar con otro que durante mi ausencia, las páginas con
v Netherlands (cont’d)
joven, un poco mayor que Nicolás, con los información en español sobre la dislexia que
dedos cruzados. Nico fue a la finca de su habia colocado en internet poco antes de viajar, Agnes van den
abuelo a disfrutar de un cambio de clima y estaban atrayendo muchos más lectores que America Limburg
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muchos portones abiertos, dejando entrar la Y Nicolás, viendo su aprobación y entusiasmo,
DDA-Pacific Director
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habián sacado sillas a la acera estrecha para lo necesario para ganar el año.
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Alma Holden
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mi casa en Mount Vernon, me preocupaba. Ya de hacerlo en una latitud tropical, bajo las Sally Ann McCue
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create the first accurate picture the child has

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of the word or concept... but that doesn’t
Sandra Moetra
Whangarei limit the ability to create and keep other
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Kerrie Palma I mean, going back to my example of
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picture the same cat in my mind to go with
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girl whose mental pictures begin with her accurate and correct.
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Imelda Casuga
colour and reality. For example, for “become”
Speed-Reading, but…
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model). I have not been urging her to make areas. I read The Gift of Dyslexia when it
Phaik Sue Chin
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as I assume this is her natural gift at work. 8 years old. At that time I made a note with
Constance Chua
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was reading at such a young age. Perhaps the
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Tinka Altwegg-Scheffmacher
Veronika Beeler
mental image of what I was thinking as I
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Monika Amrein if I make a clay model of a “cat” it will not
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supplant the image I have of a real cat” in
Lerninstitut Basel
Bonny Beuret my mind when I read or hear the word.
Specialist Trainer So to me, it seems like what you A. Ron Davis explains in his books that
describe in your student is “normal”... I
Adv. Workshop Presenter
DLS Workshop Presenter symptoms of dyslexia occur when the child
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Ruth Froels
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been that early-reading children tend to have and “hear” the words much faster than anyone v Switzerland/CH
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v Switzerland/CH A Davis Graduate Speaks . . .

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Marcela Piffaretti
+598 (02) 604-2691

The Davis Facilitator Training Davis Learning Strategies Mentors
Program requires approximately and Workshop Presenters are
400 hours of course work. experienced teachers and trainers with This Directory is current
as of July 1, 2006. It is
subject to change. Between
2-3 years of specialized training and
The Davis Specialist Training
experience mentoring classroom newsletter issues, new
Program requires extensive Facilitators are added, and
occasionally, some become
teachers of children 5- 9 years of age.
experience providing Davis
inactive. However, the Davis
Providers list at
programs and an additional 260 For information about training and a
hours of training. Specialists and full directory of Davis providers, go on www.dyslexia.com
Facilitators are subject to annual the web to: is always up to date.
re-licensing based upon case www.dyslexia.com/providers.htm
review and adherence to the
or call +1 (650) 692-7141; or
DDAI Standards of Practice.
+1-888-805-7216 toll-free in the USA.

Basic Workshop for

Primary Teachers
Teachers, would you like to… “It is so exciting to be on the cutting edge of
• Improve the reading skills of all the children in your something so radically life changing for so many.
class regardless of their learning style? I am overwhelmed by this entire concept and the
• Manage your classroom more effectively? potential of it all. Thank you for your commitment
• Prevent the onset of learning disabilities? to this program that is so important to so many.
• Use research-based methods that are flexible and easily You have done a tremendous job, and your manual
fit into and enhance any existing curriculum? and training are excellent.”

This two-day workshop provides Primary Teachers (K-3)

–CK, Teacher and Vice Principal, DePaul School,
with unique and innovative strategies for improving
Jacksonville, Florida

reading instruction and classroom management, and equips

young learners with proven life long skills in “how to learn.”
Instruction includes:
• Theory and Reasoning for each Strategy.
• Video demonstrations of each Strategy and classroom
implementation suggestions.
• Supervised experiential practice on each Strategy.
• Q&A and discussion about each Strategy.
Materials include:
• Detailed Manual with suggested year-long guides, black-line
masters, and numerous tips for each implementing each 2006 DATES & LOCATIONS
Strategy in various curriculum activities.
• Videotape or DVD demonstrating each classroom Strategy.
31 July - 1 August: USA (Elbert, Colorado)
Instructor (and contact): Kristi Thompson
• Teacher Kit: alphabet strip, letter recognition cards, clay,
E-mail: info@davislearn.com Tel: +1 (719) 324-5400 x202

cutter, dictionary and two Koosh® balls. (Classroom 7 - 8 August: USA (Lubbock, Texas)
materials sold separately)
Instructor: Laura Warren Contact: Paula McCarthy
Email: info@Davislearn.com
Tel: +1 (650) 692-7141 or 1-888-805-7216
9 - 11 August: Iceland (Kopavogur)
Instructors: Sturla Kristjansson & Valla Jonsdottir
Language: Icelandic
Contact: Gudbjorg Emilsdottir
Email: gem@ismennt.is Tel: +354 554-3452
10 - 11 August: USA (San Antonio, Texas)
Instructor: Laura Warren
Contact: Paula McCarthy or Laura Warren (in Texas)
Email: info@davislearn.com
Tel: +1-888-805-7216 or (806) 771-7292
24 - 25 August: Canada (Edmonton, Alberta)
Instructor: Laura Warren
Contact: Paula McCarthy Email: info@davislearn.com
Tel: +1 (650) 692-7141 or 1-888-805-7216
6- 7 October: Holland (Rolduc, Kerkrade)
Workshop hours: 9am-4pm with one hour lunch break.
Instructor: Siegerdina Mandema Language: Dutch

Cost: $595 per person (US only)

Tel: +31 (0475) 301 277 Email: ddaned@plex.nl

Academic Units or CEUs (US and Canada only)

14 - 16 October &
19 - 21 October: Estonia (Tallinn)
Two Quarter Units are available through California State
Instructor: Richard Whitehead Language: Russian

University. Cost is $54 per unit, plus $35 administrative fee.

Contact: Olga Knut
Email: eknuut@yahoo.com Tel: (+372) 5650 9840
A written assignment, which can be completed before and 24 - 26 November: Switzerland (Basel)
during the workshop, is required. Instructor: Heidi Gander-Belz
Contact: Gabi Lichtenhahn
Language: German

Email: office@dda.ch Tel: +41 (0)61 273 81 85

Would you like to bring a DLS
workshop to your school/area?
Call 1-888-805-7216 and ask for Paula McCarthy.
Visit www.davislearn.com for
additional workshop dates.

Come Learn and

Dyslexia Correction
Fundamentals of Davis Dyslexia Correction®
Workshop based on the best-selling book
The Gift of Dyslexia by Ronald D. Davis
Background and Development of the Davis Dyslexia Orientation Review Procedure
Correction® Procedures (a method for checking orientation skills)
• Research and discovery. The “gifts” of dyslexia. Anatomy • Demonstration & Practice Session
and developmental stages of a learning disability. Davis Symbol Mastery® (the key to correcting dyslexia)
Overview of the steps for dyslexia correction. • What is Symbol Mastery? Why clay?
Davis Perceptual Ability Assessment Mastering Basic Language Symbols
(a screening for dyslexic learning styles) • Demonstrations and Group Exercises
• Demonstration and Practice Session Reading Improvement Exercises
Symptoms Profile Interview (used to assess symptoms, • Spell-Reading. Sweep-Sweep-Spell. Picture-at-
strengths and weaknesses; set goals; establish motivation) Punctuation
• Demonstration and Practice Session
Davis Orientation Counseling Procedures (methods to Fine-Tuning Procedure (checking and adjusting
control, monitor and turn off perceptual distortions) orientation using balance)
• What is Orientation? Demonstration & Practice Session Symbol Mastery Exercises for Words
Release Procedure (method to alleviate stress, headaches) • Demonstrations
Alignment (an alternative to Orientation Counseling) • Group Exercises
• What is Alignment? How is it used? Group Demonstration • Practice Sessions
Dial-Setting Procedure (a method for controlling energy Implementing the Davis Procedures

To register for US workshops call 1-888-805-7216 (toll-free)



Presenter: Bonny Beuret
2 - 5 Nov. 2006: Hamburg 18 - 21 Sept. 2006
Email: office@dda.ch
Language: German/English Washington, D.C.
Language: German
Presenter: Ioannis Tzivanakis Presenter: Gerry Grant
Tel: +41 (061) 273 81 85
DDA-Deutschland Email: training@dyslexia.com
Email: germany@dyslexia.com Tel: 1-866-822-2441 or 1-888-805-7216
Tel: +49 (040) 25 17 86 22 UNITED KINGDOM
6 - 9 Nov. 2006
8 -11 Oct. 2006 Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
NEW ZEALAND Addington, Nr. Maidstone Presenter: Gerry Grant
13 - 16 Aug. 2006 Kent Dorothy@acomprehensioncenter.com
Christchurch Presenter: Richard Whitehead Tel: +1 (866) 822-2441 toll-free
Presenter: Lorna Timms Email: uk@dyslexia.com
Email: info@ddapacific.co.nz Tel: +44 (01580) 892 928 29 Jan. - 1 Feb. 2007
Tel: +64 (09) 361 6115 San Francisco, California
5 - 8 May 2007 Presenter: Cyndi Deneson
SWITZERLAND Addington, Nr. Maidstone Email: training@dyslexia.com
Kent Tel: 1-888-805-7216
28 - 31 Oct. 2006: Basel
Presenter: Bonny Beuret Presenter: Richard Whitehead
Email: uk@dyslexia.com All workshops conducted
Email: office@dda.ch
Language: English/French Tel: +44 (01580) 892 928 in English unless noted
Tel: +41 (061) 273 81 85 otherwise.

For updated workshop schedules visit: www.dyslexia.com/train.htm

Dys•lex´•ic Read´•er

1601 Old Bayshore Highway, Suite 245


Burlingame, CA 94010

Fundamentals of Davis Dyslexia Correction Workshop

Based on the best-selling book 2006-2007 International Schedule
The Gift of Dyslexia by Ronald D. Davis
13 - 16 August Christchurch New Zealand
This 4-day workshop is an introduction to the basic theories,
principles and application of all the procedures described in 18- 21 September Washington, DC USA
The Gift of Dyslexia. Training is done with a combination of 8 - 11 October Addington, Kent UK
lectures, demonstrations, group practice, and question and 28 - 31 October Basel Switzerland
answer sessions. Attendance is limited to ensure the highest 6 - 9 November Dallas-Ft. Worth USA
quality of training. 2 -5 November Hamburg Germany
Who should attend: 9 -12 November Basel Switzerland
Everyone involved in helping dyslexic individuals over the 29 Jan - 1 Feb 2007 San Francisco USA
age of eight. 5 - 8 May 2007 Addington, Kent UK

Participants will learn:

• How the Davis procedures were developed. U.S. Course Schedule
• 8:30 - 9:00 Registration (first day)
• How to assess for the “gift of dyslexia.” • 9:00 - 5:00 Daily (lunch break 12:00-1:30)
• How to help dyslexics eliminate mistakes and focus attention.
U.S. Fees and Discounts
• The Davis Symbol Mastery tools for mastering reading. • $1175 per person
• How to incorporate and use proven methods for improving • $1125 for DDAI members or groups of two or more
reading, spelling, and motor coordination into a teaching, • $1075 if paid in full 60 days in advance
• Advance registration and $200 deposit required
home school, tutoring, or therapeutic setting. • Includes manual, one-year DDAI membership,
verification of attendance, and Symbol Mastery Kit
See page 27 for more workshop details. • Academic units and CEUs available

For a detailed brochure on enrollment, prices, group rates, discounts, location, and further information, contact the DDA in your country.
DDA-Pacific DDA-Deutschland DDA- México DDA-UK
PO BOX 46023 Wandsbecker Chausee 132 Río Volga #308 ote Slaney Place
Herne Bay D-22089 Hamburg Colonia del Valle Headcorn Road
Auckland, New Zealand GERMANY 66220 Garza Garcia N.L Staplehurst, Kent TN12 0DJ.
Tel: +64 (09) 361 6115 MEXICO Tel: +44 (01580) 892 928
Fax: +64 (09) 361 6114 Tel: 49 (040) 25 17 86 22 Tel/Fax: 52 (81) 8335-9435 Fax: +44 (0)1580 893 429
E-mail: pacific@dyslexia.com Fax: 49 (040) 25 17 86 24 or 52 (81) 8356-8389 E-mail: uk@dyslexia.com
E-mail: germany@dyslexia.com E-mail: mexico@dyslexia.com
DDA-CH DDAI-Int’l, Canada & USA
Freie Strasse 81 DDA-Israel DDA-Nederland 1601 Bayshore Highway, Ste 245
CH 4001 Basel 20 Ha’shahafim St. Kerkweg 38a Burlingame, CA 94010
SWITZERLAND Ra’anana 43724 ISRAEL 6105 CG Maria Hoop, NEDERLAND Tel: 1-888-805-7216
Tel: 41 (061) 273 81 85 Tel: 972 (0523) 693 384 Tel: 31 (0475) 302 203 Fax: 1 (650) 692-7075
Fax: 41 (061) 272 42 41 or (0)9 774 7979 Fax: 31 (0475) 301 381 E-mail: ddai@dyslexia.com
E-mail: ch@dyslexia.com Fax: 972 (09) 772-9889 E-mail: holland@dyslexia.com
E-mail: Israel@dyslexia.com
Enrollment limited ❖ Classes fill Early ❖ Call 1-888-805-7216 or 650-692-7141
For updated workshop schedules visit http://www.dyslexia.com/train.htm
For a full description of the Davis Facilitator Certification Program, ask forContinued on page 22
our booklet.