Ensure life-long Success for reading, writing, and spelling! The Danks Davis Dyslexia website outlines an effective tutoring programme for dyslexia that can be given by tutors, parents, or teachers to cater for individual needs.
1. An effective multisensory programme of tuition for dyslexia to help children with dyslexia achieve literacy success. Unlock their potential by using spelling as a doorway.
2. A dyslexia programme developed over 7 years by a dyslexic for dyslexics, taking individual needs into account.
3. Practical step-by-step method for weekly 1-hour tutoring sessions that children enjoy, and requires no extra homework. Can be given by tutors, parents, or teachers to cater for their individual needs.
4. An effective method for tutoring children with dyslexia, improving spelling, reading, writing, and comprehension as demonstrated by reassessment results of standardised tests given by registered psychologists. Effective for children and adults with other literacy problems.
View videos of Zannie previewing her tutoring programme for dyslexia and showing a successful conclusion of a lesson.
See N.Z. Herald article "Tricks of the reading trade" on Zannie (published 27 January 2007, page B5). Purchase the DVD of Decoding Dyslexia", a documentary which screened on TV1 3 March and 28 April 2007.
Dyslexia News: Stories on dyslexia in the world media, updated 16 June 2008. New Zealand Dyslexia Advocacy Week 16-22 March 2015, you can help to improve understanding of dyslexia and special assessment conditions.19 April 2007. An important day for New Zealand! Dyslexia now officially recognised by the Government after more than 30 years lobbying by dedicated individuals (Zannie Danks Davis included). A press release gave the news so many had been waiting for so long. We hope that positive discussions with the Ministry of Education and all stakeholders occur so that methods that are proven to work for dyslexia are used to help our children.
Does your child or student need help? Do they:
- Find it difficult to read?
- Find it difficult to spell?
- Appear not to obey you?
- Find comprehension difficult?
- Find it difficult to transfer thoughts to paper?
- Forget when given more than one instruction?
Parents and teachers: read the page "Helping Dyslexics" to recognise the signs of dyslexia and to understand what you can do to help children diagnosed with dyslexia.
To diagnose dyslexia it is most important to use a reliable test. I prefer the full Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children, version 4 (WISC-IV®) to be carried out. This assessment
- provides an independent benchmark of current abilities of a student
- provides a comprehensive diagnostic assessment of a student’s educational and cognitive strengths and weaknesses
- helps to pinpoint a student’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses, so tutoring can take these into consideration using my multisensory programme
- when reassessments are done by psychologists, it provides a baseline to demonstrate progress.
In New Zealand students are given Progressive Achievement Tests (PATs) at the start of each school year. If there are discrepancies in achievement between oral and written comprehension tests it could indicate the student should be tested for dyslexia.
Causes of Dyslexia
- It is a neurological disorder,and recent research shows a strong hereditary link.
- Dyslexia is sometimes caused by a difficult or premature birth.
- High internal body temperatures, experienced by an embryo or foetus during pregnancy, or as children, can result in learning problems (one of which is dyslexia).
Results of being dyslexic
- Dyslexia affects different areas of learning: reading / spelling / comprehension / mathematics (dyscalculia). Dyslexic students will struggle with written schoolwork even though they may have high oral and comprehension skills.
- A dyslexic student will have a normal or high I.Q., as shown by WISC-IV® subtests.
- A student with dyslexia will always be dyslexic, but will be able to find ways to compensate for the cognitive weaknesses.
- A student with dyslexia has auditory and/or visual perception problems.
- A student with dyslexia will always have good days and some bad days where things will just not register (especially under pressure such as exams).
- Headaches and migraines are common.
- Dyslexics have limited memory of dreams. European researchers now say that dreaming may be the brain’s way of replaying experiences and lessons so that they are fixed in the memory for use later on.
Some common problems with dyslexic children include:
- Inappropriate behaviour, e.g., not listening, easily distracted, difficulty in following instructions as they may only hear 2 words of the sentence.
- Low self esteem.
- Auditory processing difficulties, e.g., they say “f” instead of “th”, or “v” instead of “f”.
- Adequate sleep.
- Limit sugar and food colouring, as these close up learning channels.
- A relaxed environment allows a student to learn better.