Fish Don’t Climb Trees – A different take on dyslexia
Davis Facilitator Sue Hall has updated her book: Fish Don’t Climb Trees: A Whole New Look at Dyslexia (2nd edition). The book is also now available as an audiobook, as well as in print and e-book formats.
Sue understands dyslexia from the inside out – as a dyslexic person with vivid recollections of frustrations experienced in elementary school, as a parent who searched for and found a solution to enable a once-struggling child to learn become a reader, as a talented Davis facilitator with more than twenty years of hands-on experience working with children and adults, and as the founder of a Canadian charity aimed at building understanding and raising funds to help dyslexic students.
Sue’s insightful and informative book strikes a perfect balance among autobiographical tidbits, illustrative stories, and direct practical advice and suggestions for recognizing and overcoming problems at school and in life.
The book’s title comes from a quote attributed to Albert Einstein: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
Sue’s charm and whimsical sense of humor make her book an enjoyable read throughout, with a heartfelt depth borne of her own life experiences and boundless compassion for others. Sue’s keen insight is a boon for parents and teachers alike, whether they are new to learning about dyslexia or in search of a deeper understanding of the dyslexic way of thinking.
This article was originally published on October 18, 2014 and has since been updated with new information.
5 thoughts on “Fish Don’t Climb Trees – A different take on dyslexia”
An interesting book, it comes from real world experiences by the author, who tells the story from their perspective a good blog aswell
Sounds like a well-versed insight on dyslexia that benefits highly from a personalized perspective. Will have to check it out.
I have taught more than 70 so-called dyslexic kids who all turned out to be kids who had shut down from learning to read due to confusion.
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The Davis methods are designed around finding and addressing the confusion. Davis uses the term “disorientation” – but disorientation is always tied to confusion and I personally do not believe that the two feelings can be separated. See: https://www.dyslexia.com/davis-difference/davis-theory/the-cause-of-dyslexia/ — You’ll note how the diagram on that page cycles from confusion –> disorientation –> anxiety over and over again.
Can we have more teachers or principals read things like this to better understand our children? This is a trying time right now having to learn virtually for the rest of the year and my son is struggling a LOT.
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