Do you or someone you know struggle with readingwritingcomprehension, or attention focus? Are you tired of looking for answers with little or no success? 

During my years teaching elementary school, I was often challenged with students that struggled with reading, writing, following instructions and/or staying focused. They didn’t strike me as below average intelligence students. However, I was frustrated with my inability to help them.

Like many other professional educators, I used to view these disorders, especially dyslexia, as a “defect” in the way the brain processed information causing dyslexics to reverse, transpose, or view letters backwards. I had concluded that dyslexics were academically challenged and not capable of reading or learning like “normal” children.

However, after working with “learning disabilities” (dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD), my views changed. These children were extremely bright and these visual learners had tremendous gifts. They were intelligent, curious, intuitive, creative, perceptive, multi-dimensional, and highly imaginative. So, why did they have difficulty mastering reading, writing, math, spelling, and/or staying focused?

In my quest to find answers, I realized that the normal educational system did not provide tools and techniques to help these children. The public educational system’s teaching styles were geared toward “left-brain learners” or “non-visual learners”. Thus began my search to gain the knowledge and training I wanted to be able to help these children. I specifically chose a program for my Masters’ degree that specialized in helping these visual learners. Part of this program included fieldwork in the Davis® Methods.

I discovered that dyslexia was not a disease, defect, or malformation of the brain. It wasn’t merely reversing letters and words. It is a highly creative thought process and a special way of reacting to confusion.  Dyslexia is a gift. The Davis® Methods embrace the gift and eliminate the reasons dyslexics struggle to learn!

The Davis® Correction Programs offer techniques that cater to the creative learning style of those with dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, and directly address the root of the problem, instead of just treating the symptoms. Thus I became a certified Davis® Dyslexia facilitator.

Cinda Osterman is a licensed Davis® Dyslexia Correction Facilitator, Davis Autism Approach® Facilitator, and a professional educator. She offers visual teaching techniques in math and grammar for teachers, working with students in a classroom setting, educational consulting, tutoring, testing, and working with homeschool parents. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education.

Professional services described as Davis®, including Davis Dyslexia Correction®, Davis Symbol Mastery®, Davis Orientation Counseling®,  Davis® Attention Mastery,  Davis® Math Mastery, and Davis® Reading Program for Young Learners  may only be provided by persons who are trained and licensed as Davis Facilitators or Specialists by Davis Dyslexia Association International.