Lisa G., via email.
A. 'Word blindness' is an old-fashioned term used to mean that your son is unable to recognize and understand words that he sees. This was the term first used to describe dyslexia when it was first described by doctors about one hundred years ago. Your doctor is probably using it to mean that your son can not remember the order and sequence of letters in a word from one time to the next. Thus, he could be drilled for hours on an easy word, but the next time he saw the word would not recognize it.
In our experience, this apparent severe dyslexia is caused by disorientation, which for dyslexic people means that they have an innacurate perception of the words. That is, they might see the letters of the words jumbled around in all sorts of different ways. There is no way that a dyslexic person who suffers from this sort of disorientation can ever remember a word, because the word seems different every time they look at it.
Fortunately, we can correct this problem of distorted perceptions quickly and easily with Davis Orientation Counseling. Once the student has a consistent perception of the letters and words, we can begin to help them attach meaning to the words through Davis Symbol Mastery.
Abigail Marshall, DDAI
Q.What does a dyslexic person see when she reads? [February 1, 1999]