I am a former teacher, principal, and curriculum director. Upon retirement I partnered with Dr. George Manilla to form a company to help people with Dyslexia. Dr. Manilla is a dyslexic, and through the years he developed a system to "see" the words more clearly.
Areas of Expertise
Dyslexia, Dyslexia and Vision, reading , Consulting, Public Speaking
An idea worth spreading
The idea that dyslexia is a visual problem that is easily correctable. I've watched children grow a grade level a month once I show them how to make the words clear. Their reading words per minute will at least double within the first month, some within the first week. We use an eye exercise that is designed to incorporate the non-dominant eye along with a reading method that follows the same basic concept as the eye exercise. It's easy to prove that it is a visual problem by this simple test. Have the child sit up straight at a table with the reading material placed in their hands where they can look down at the book at about a 30 degree angle. This is the essentially at the table top. Ask them what they see and if the words are clear. For most, they are not. Then have them hold their book at eye level, or 90 degrees. Ask them if the words are clear. Then have them hold the book at 120 degrees and even 150 degrees. For many the words become clear between 90 and 150 degrees.
I'm passionate about
Dyslexia as a visual problem. I have been working with students using the Reading Vision system, and the results are amazing.
Talk to me about
The visual aspect of dyslexia and how it can easily be resolved by using an eye exercise and new reading method. Nonsense words can be read easily with this system.
People don't know I'm good at
Helping people with dyslexia to see the words clearly. I can also help people overcome their migraine headaches.
My TED story
I spent 30 years as in education as a teacher, principal, and curriculum director. Now I help people with dyslexia to see the words clearly. It is the most rewarding thing I have done in my entire career. I'll have a child read in front of their parent or teacher and watch them struggle and fight to try to get through a sentence. They know they aren't dumb or stupid, but it is so difficult for them. Then I show them how to make the words clear, and their fluency instantly improves. I've heard teachers gasp and watched parents cry. It is so simple, yet all the research is fixated on the neurology of the problem. I believe that the neurology aspect of the problem occurs over time because the image isn't getting through the proper wiring to the brain. I believe that the system used by the Reading Vision company that was developed by Dr. Manilla somehow re-wires the brain. Once they can see the words clearly, all of the associated defects go away. It's an amazing story that needs telling.