I was a nurse and midwife for many years before giving birth to my son in 2007. It has been a delight to see him grow and develop. At the age of eight, there was a hiccup — when he was diagnosed with dyslexia.
My husband’s reaction was to panic and go into denial. My reaction was to research. One of the many avenues I followed led to Ron Davis’ book, The Gift of Dyslexia. It was a revelation to realize that, rather than a disability, my son’s dyslexia could be a gift.
We found a Davis Facilitator and jointly, as a family, we decided to try the Davis process. To say it was a turning point is putting it mildly. From that point on, my son’s learning trajectory changed. He had the tools to avoid the confusion dyslexia can cause, and I had the knowledge to continue with the Davis methods we had both learned. At the age of eight, his reading age had been more than two years behind his actual age, but by the age of ten, it had transformed to be ahead.
A point of great pride for him was being awarded the Children’s Highly Commended Dyslexia Award at the British Dyslexia Association 2017 annual ceremony. Now age twelve, my son continues to do well at school. He loves reading, and, while he does not yet love writing, his ability to get all of the great ideas that are in his head out onto paper continues to grow. His success has made me want to help others with dyslexia achieve the same.
During 2017 and 2018, I went through the rigorous Davis Facilitator training, and in early 2019, I was delighted to become fully licensed. I look forward to helping others overcome the difficulties presented by dyslexia and unlock the potential of the dyslexic mind.
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