Dyslexia and Disorientation

Sometimes non-dyslexic individuals find it hard to put themselves into the shoes of a dyslexic reader. This website shows an exaggerated version, but probably quite accurate for some of our more severe dyslexic people.

For us, disorientation is one of the key components when correcting dyslexia. Disorientation, being a state of mental perception that is not congruent with the true facts and conditions in the environment. Disorientation – for dyslexics – is often a response to confusion around words and symbols. When disoriented, perceptions are altered.

That is more or less the state that this website is able to put everyone in. I hope you won’t get a headache, but if you do, you may find empathy for these young learners that have to deal with it all the time. No wonder they get frustrated and/or angry.


Get into this Habit – the Habit of Reading

I have been following this blog for a while now and often find real gems there. This is one of them – as it falls right into my field of Dyslexia. Not only have I been into the habit of reading an hour a day for many years now, but I am also in the habit of helping people to master reading. Many adults I work with are good reader, yet not good in comprehending what they read. They need to re-read every text about three times to get the concept of what the text is all about. By upgrading the software of their mind they should only have to read everything once, make the entire text as sharp as a movie and not only comprehend, but also recall the content.

This Habit Will Put You in the Top 1% of Experts and Money-Makers

By Philip Pape

What if you could become an international expert and top earner with ONE habit for only ONE hour per day?

This one strategy changed everything for me.

I used to be a huge TV junkie. I still have a few favorites on Netflix that I turn to when I need a distraction.

But once I learned that doing this instead could make me more successful and open up tons of opportunities, I made the switch.

Before I get to that, check out these statistics:

  • What’s the message?25% of people have not read a book in the last year
  • 46% of adults score in the lowest two levels of literacy
  • Reading frequency declines after age eight

That most people don’t read. Half of adults are basically illiterate, and 1 out of 4 adults haven’t read a book in the last year. Here’s one more: “Reading one hour per day in your chosen field will make you an international expert in 7 years.”

In other words, reading leads toexpertise. And expertise leads tosuccess.

See where I’m going? The magic formula is to be among the very few adults who actually read. It’s no secret that if you read, you will learn.

But you can do even better. What if you commit to reading at least 1 hour every day? How about 1 book per week?

According to Brian Tracy:

“If you read only one book per month, that will put you into the top 1% of income earners in our society. But if you read one book per week, 50 books per year, that will make you one of the best educated, smartest, most capable and highest paid people in your field. Regular reading will transform your life completely.”

What have we learned so far?

  • Most people don’t read
  • If you read 1 hour per day, you can quickly become an expert
  • If you read 1 book per month, you can be in the top 1% of income earners
  • If you read 1 book per week, you can be one of the most successful people in the world

Simple, right?

You: “Great idea. But…I have no time to read one book every week!”

Ah, there’s that problem. The whole “not enough time” thing. I’ve found that if I know why I want to do X instead of Y, it makes X more important, which motivates me to do it.

Try this. Write down a list of 10 things you do every day that take up at least 30 minutes. For example:

  • Watching TV — 3 hours
  • Browsing the web — 1 hour
  • Using social media – 1 hour
  • Playing video games (or game apps) — 2 hours
  • Driving to get lunch or coffee (instead of making your own) — 1 hour

You’ll be surprised to discover that you probably have 3-6 hours of things you could easily do less of.

Then, imagine yourself 6 months from now as an expert in your field. Idle conversation won’t get you there. Watching TV won’t get you there.

But reading will get you there.

Successful German film director Werner Herzog said, “Those who read own the world, and those who watch television lose it.”

Now that you know that reading (X) is more valuable to you than your chosen time-waster (Y), take these steps TODAY to start reading more:

  1. Identify 1 hour every day where you can eliminate or reduce one of your time-wasting activities
  2. Create a daily “Read for 1 hour” calendar reminder that blocks off that hour
  3. Go to your bookshelf and find 4 books to start reading (or buy physical or ebooks online)
  4. Stack the books next to your favorite reading spot to make it really hard to ignore
  5. Move all of your digital devices AWAY from your reading spot
  6. Read every day for an hour
  7. BONUS STEP: Put a pen and notebook (waiter’s pad or Moleskine) on the stack of books so you can write down the hundreds of ideas you’ll get from reading

You: “OK, but what should I read?”

In his book The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth, James Altucher (one of the most successful people out there) shares his daily reading formula. It’s a great place to start. Every day, read:

  • 10% of a nonfiction book to get ideas
  • 10% of an inspirational book
  • 10% of a high-quality fiction book
  • BONUS: Read a game-related book (or play a mental game like chess)

This should take you about an hour (or two if you’re feeling ambitious). If you do the math, that’s 30% of a book every day, or 1-2 books per week.

As for the specific books, here are some ideas:

  • Google the “favorite books” of your favorite successful people
  • Ask people you admire what they read
  • Follow your interests
  • I put together a list of resources if you want some more ideas

As Thomas Corley puts it in Rich Habits: “Successful people are slaves totheir good daily habits.”

Become a slave to your new reading habit. Then you’ll be smarter. That will make you an expert. Which leads to success.

Famous Dyslexics Talk

David dysl…and of course David is right.

Our dyslexic clients are among the brightest people you’d ever meet. Sometimes they need a bit of help to process the information, as they have a different way of processing it – and thereby become the kind of asset to society that Davis is talking about.

Skills for our children to prosper

“Reading Intelligently

Next on the list would be reading. Learning how to read well is much more than just learning literacy or learning how to interpret clusters of letters. Reading is the skill of consuming information and accessing stories intelligently. By “intelligently,” I mean analytically. On one level, you are taking in data, but on another, you are analyzing.

You can’t read at this higher level unless you have done a great deal of reading as a child. As I said, we encouraged our children to read first by depriving them of live television and videogames and then by finding books they enjoyed reading. It didn’t matter what sort of books, because our goal was to develop the skill of reading at an early age. Later on, we encouraged them to read good books. And eventually, they did.

Depriving your children of TV and video games may seem draconian by today’s standards. But it had a marvellously positive effect on our children. They all became active and voracious readers. And instead of wasting time shooting down aliens, they were living in their imaginations and learning.

Many parents use these modern contrivances to pacify their children. And pacify them they do. Watching TV or playing video games is a passive activity. But reading intelligently is active.

Nature has designed us in such a way that we learn more when we are in active mode. Allowing your children to passively consume most of their “information” is a terrible way to treat them. It’s a form of passive child abuse.”

This segment stems from an interesting article of a parent who ponders of the changing values of raising a child. Parents do seem to move from the urge to foster excellency in their child to not only a more realistic, but also a  more valuable expectancy pattern. They are happy if their child develops kindness, social skills, good manners, happiness, fulfillment and of course fundamental literacy and numeracy skills. Parents know that with basic knowledge and these fundamental character traits most children and young adults will find their way in society, their profession and they will continue to grow and develop. It is not our job as mothers and fathers to make them dependent on us – nor to make our own happiness dependent on their life’s choices.

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Torture or Reading?

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I have just looked through some notes I took at our last International Davis Symposium and came across these pearls of wisdom.

“When you require something from someone who cannot do this, you are torturing him/her.”

I have noticed that the other day. When asked to read, the motivation of my little client left altogether, including his mind and focus. Instead of pushing or forcing him to read, I used Ron’s wisdom and said instead: “I am going to ask you to do something tricky now. It is ok that you don’t know how to do that. It is my aim to slowly expand what you are able to do. But you have to promise me that you won’t force yourself or try very hard. Instead, I’d like you to try just a few words – maybe one sentence, then stop. All that counts is HOW MANY TIMES YOU TRY – and NOT how long you persevere. Pressing on when you are stressed will give you a headache. But every time you stop and re-start, you are creating new neural pathways and make the task easier and easier.”

After only one day of trying with many stops, interruptions, breaks and fun activities, big shifts were made in reading – and most importantly, it wasn’t torture…but got more and more pleasurable.

To paraphrase Albert Einstein, who said that insanity was to keep doing things in the same way and expect a different outcome. Pushing and not stopping is the same way. But when we stop and re-start, there is a difference – new neural pathways have to be used – and the variation creates changes – big changes.

Reading one Book a Week

readingWorking with Dyslexic children and adults, learning to read better, with more ease or to fully comprehend what they are reading is usually the number ONE goal. Many adults I work with are able to read – but often have to re-read a text several times to take in the full message. Even then they are not always certain that they have fully understood it. In most cases it’s just not enjoyable, a necessary task that they try to avoid as much as possible. Reading out loud falls into the category of ‘torture’.  Children usually master the art of reading too, just not at the class- or age-level of their peers…and of course without the fun.

Now increasing the enjoyment and ease of reading is a very worthwhile goal and we can get them onto the road of literacy in five days. The mistakes drop off, the certainty creeps in, the comprehension increases. Success!

But what happens after the course? When we have a goal to change something in our lives, having the skill is not enough. The action afterwards has to match the desire for change. Why not challenge yourself to read a book a week? Being dyslexic, a corrected dyslexic or non-dyslexic, this may well change the direction of your life. Choose books that fascinate you and choose them wisely. Books can be ‘fast-food novels’, that may get you addicted to reading, but lack the nourishment of a beautifully written book that can satisfy you like a well-balanced meal.

Julien Smith wrote it better than I could phrase it:


Why Would You Want To Do This?

It feels awesome. It gives you an amazing amount of ideas. It helps you think more thoroughly. It’s better than TV and even the internet. It makes you understand the world more. It is a building block towards a habit of completion. Did I mention it feels awesome?

Why One a Week?

First of all, why so many, why not just “read more books?” I’d argue that setting a massive goal, something crazy like one a week, actually helps. To make a comparison, the body reacts strongly to large wounds, expending significant energy to heal them. Small wounds, it doesn’t think much of, which means they can sometimes take longer to heal. So setting a massive goal will make you take it seriously.

So, that’s first. Make your goal massive and unreasonable so that you freak out a little.

One Day at a Time

The average book I read was maybe 250-300 pages. Some were larger, some were smaller. I broke this down to 40 pages a day, which I read early on so I can get it over with. It’s an easy, manageable goal, which doesn’t seem nearly so daunting as 52 books in a year. This is critical to managing your emotional state, making it feel like it’s totally reasonable.

Make It a Routine and Stack It

I have a habit right now of getting up, showering, etc., and then going out for breakfast every morning, sitting at counter at the same restaurant, and drinking coffee until I’ve read my 40 pages.

Why do I do it like this? Because I know that I’m kind of weak-willed. I’m betting you can admit this about yourself too, and doing so will help you set everything into its proper place.

Oh, and a protip: Set it up early in the day, as early as possible. It must occur early or we will put it off. Your willpower diminishes later in the day.

Use Every Moment

If you have a commute, use it. If you have a lunch break, use that. This is something I’m just figuring out, but the ability to whip out your book quickly and read 2 pages will help you out significantly, especially in getting ahead, which will be your biggest asset and give you a rewarding feeling. Getting ahead will help you take your time with the hard books that are really dense and worth taking time on.

It’s Ok To Give Up… Kind Of

If something sucks (or feels tough), it’s ok give up on it– for now. You can do this when you’re ahead of schedule, and then you can go back to that book every little while until you finish it.

I did this a number of times this year, which means the number of books I started was probably in the 60-65 range (I finished 54.)

It’s Ok To Cheat

Is your deadline closing on you, and you feel you may fall behind? It’s time to cheat. Choose a quick book and read it, something you may have read before, enjoy a lot, and can breeze through.

“This is cheating,” you may say. I would agree. But the short term cheating to help yourself succeed in the long run on this goal is more important than hard-headed idea that every book you read has to be War and Peace. It doesn’t. This is to enrich your life, not to make you feel terrible.

By the way, even small books can be incredible. This year, I read the following books that were small but awesome: The Dip, The Little Red Book of Selling, The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die, Man’s Search For Meaning, Vagabonding, and Of the Dawn of Freedom.

Never Fall Behind

Never “owe yourself one” or deduct from the bank account, saying you’ll get back to it later. Your weekly deadline will help you stay on track, but falling behind may make you feel helpless and make you consider giving up. You have to control your emotional state from dropping to this level, where you feel it’s hopeless, etc., and you do that by always being ahead of schedule.

In Conclusion

Reading has made me a much better, more complete, and happier person. All the world’s wisdom is contained in books– most of it is not on the internet or known by people in your social group, so this can really help you expand, if you let it. Start today.

Read the original post published on Julien’s blog here.