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The Disorientation of Dyslexia, ADD: Is It A Gift?

According to Ron Davis, the disorientation of dyslexia may very well be a gift. The creator of the Davis Dyslexia Correction Center and the Davis Autism Approach, Davis says that people with dyslexia, unlike most of us, have a genetic ability to disorient themselves with no external stimuli. Their brains go into a disorientation mode on their own.

For example, if we are looking out a train window in a standing train, and another moving train goes by slowly, we may become disoriented and feel like we’re moving.

Th self-generating disorientation of dyslexia may make it difficult to read, speak or listen, but it doesn’t have to be a handicap if children with disorientation (and adults) are given the tools they need to learn and engage with the world. And, it can bring gifts. According to Davis, those with dyslexia:

They can utilize the brain’s ability to alter and create perceptions (the primary ability).

They are highly aware of the environment.

They are more curious than average.

They think mainly in pictures instead of words.

They are highly intuitive and insightful.

They think and perceive multi-dimensionally (using all the senses).

They can experience thought as reality.

They have vivid imaginations.

ADD (ADHD) may overlap with dyslexia (in his video, Ron says dyslexia is the parent-term and that ADD and other issues fall into the same category.) ADD too, offers great gifts:

They experience the passage of time inconsistently.

They think in images rather than in words.

They are highly imaginative.

They have little or no concept of self as separate from and/or in relation to others.

They have little or no concept of time, sequence, order, cause, effect, or consequence.

Clearly, this “disorientation” brings with it great potential. But the potential must be recognized.

Davis, who has dyslexia himself (as a baby he was diagnosed with autism, at the time called Kanner’s syndrome) suffered greatly as a child.  The shaming he experienced, from peers, teachers, and even his own father, was painful, as is hearing him recount his suffering. Yet, as an adult he was extremely successful in business, and is also a talented musician and artist.

Today a new study from MIT says that brain scans can identify dyslexia in the one in ten children who struggle with it. Diagnosis usually happens around second grade when the ability to read is generally expected. But with the new scan, children can be diagnosed earlier, before they learn how to read. Programs like Ron Davis’s may be able to help these children before they ever enter a classroom.

Ron’s story is quite powerful. Well worth viewing.


The Disorientation of Dyslexia, ADD: Is It A Gift?

Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski

Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC is the author of Therapy Revolution: Find Help, Get Better, and Move On Without Wasting Time or Money and is licensed in addiction and psychotherapy with over 25 years experience as well as a consultant to organizations and companies in the fields of mental health and addiction. He is the executive director of an outpatient behavioral health program. Learn more about Richard here.

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& C.R. Zwolinski, R. (2013). The Disorientation of Dyslexia, ADD: Is It A Gift?. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 11, 2018, from


Last updated: 15 Aug 2013
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 15 Aug 2013
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