PERSONAL WORDS FROM KIM CARSON
Truly exceptional teachers hold a passion for what they do each day in the classroom. For me, the meaning of “passion” raised another level when I discovered our son was likely a dyslexic learner. He had excellent elementary teachers, yet no one was able to teach him to “break the code” of how to read. As 3rd grade proceeded, he struggled immensely to read a first grade reader. Two more nightmares: spelling and writing.
I knew then no one would care more about his educational welfare than me, so it was up to me to find an answer. Through much research, I found the Davis methods. I soon learned how this program stood apart from others. It truly met the needs of my dyslexic thinking child because it provided visual methods for him to learn to control his attention and visual perceptions. It also addressed the root of his dyslexic issues: the 2-dimensional letters that prevented him from automatic thought processes of his 3-dimensionally minded brain. Then it provided strategies that allowed him to make sense of reading. This program went beyond the single academic struggle; it met the needs of my whole child.
The Davis program required an initial commitment of one full week of intensive instruction. I soon learned how this component also stands the Davis program apart from others. Within one week, my child returned to the classroom with numerous confusions resolved, a significantly improved reading ability, and a renewed sense of self-worth. I will never forget the moment in the car, after just three days of the program. He was feverously combing the new dictionary he received, reading entry word after entry word. Then I hear, “Mom, I’m not stupid anymore!”
That same child is now a young man who will provide testament to others as to the power of the Davis program. He, too, deserves credit for his own work ethic of completing post-program follow-up work. His biggest reward came to fruition when he was awarded a four-year academic scholarship to the school of his choice.
Soon after our son completed his Davis program with Dr. Edie Fritz of Phoenix, AZ, I added the role of “student” to my life. Following almost 3 ˝ years of study and field work, I began dividing my time between providing individualized Davis programs, presenting Davis Learning Strategies® Workshops for teachers, and mentoring teachers with the strategies in their classrooms. I choose this unexpected pathway not only because of our own son, but because of all the other students I knew I had not been able to reach previously in my classroom.
All students have the natural desire to learn and excel. That trait quickly disappears when the teaching methods do not match well to one’s learning style. Despite a high intelligence level, a student’s ability to learn will be severely affected when one’s learning style is not being met. When traditional methods in school are not producing results for a child, a different pathway must form. Davis methods produce those results for the three-dimensionally minded child.
Smart Start Dyslexia Correction Center has serviced clients from seven different states and the District of Columbia. Students range from age five through adulthood. Adults have included college students, college graduates, and parents. One is never too old or too far along in the educational process to change academic related struggles. Call today, if you are looking for a new direction with dyslexia correction.