THE DAVIS® THEORY: THE GIFT OF DYSLEXIARon Davis believes that dyslexia is a result of an inherent mental gift, a talent. It is something special that enhances the individual. People who develop dyslexia think in pictures, rather than words; they are imaginative and creative; and they try to solve problems by looking at the whole picture, rather than working step-by-step.
Dyslexics don't all develop the same gifts, but they do have certain mental functions in common:
- They can utilise the brain's ability to alter perceptions (the primary ability).
- They are highly aware of their environment.
- They are more curious than average.
- They think mainly in pictures instead of words.
- They are highly intuitive, insightful and creative.
- They think and perceive multi-dimensionally (using all the senses).
- They can experience thought as reality.
- They have vivid imaginations.
These eight basic abilities, if not suppressed, invalidates or destroyed by parents or the educational process, will result in two characteristics: higher-than-normal intelligence, and extraordinary creative abilities.
When dyslexic students recognize their mental talents, they develop a renewed sense of self-esteem and confidence. When they start to employ study methods which capitalize on their talents, progress is very rapid.