“Being dyslexic is kind of like everyone is in on a joke you
Kress in 2002, age 12.
Dyslexia Corrector Testimonials
From Exit Interviews, answers to “What changes have you
noticed about yourself in the last week?
"My handwriting, my balance, my hand-eye coordination,
hearing, pretty much everything are good---changed to really,
really, really good---fifteen exclamation points!"---8-year-old
E. C. (male) (Nancy note: we worked a couple of hours on
punctuation, so the exclamation points comment shows E----’s
endearing sense of humor.)
"I can read a little bit better. It’s getting easier to do
math, I have no idea why. I’m getting a little bit better at
playing catch, and that’s the truth."---8-year-old S.H.
"I’m more aware of my Gift, and I understand better how I
learn. I feel more confident and comfortable in how I’m going
to go forward."---41-year-old Anonymous Please (Male)
"My hand doesn’t hurt any more with the handwriting. I am
oriented, I know how to do the dial. I learned how to read
better. I can do things I couldn’t do before: write with my
hand and arm not hurting and I just don’t skip that many words
now."---8-year-old M.T. (female)
"I can hear better, mostly. I know what I’m doing and I
listen better. I can balance better. I can catch better. I can
make stuff better."---10-year-old B.B. (male)
"I’m more confident in what I’m doing and I’m reading a lot
better and I’m concentrating better and I know that what I’m
doing is how to do it right."---11-year-old M.T. (male)
“I was able to dial down and go to sleep the other night. I’m
able to focus more on the book I’m reading. I did release in
traffic the other day and calmed down.”---20-year-old B.D.
(female) who did a program for ADD
“I’m reading better. I’ve learned to do cursive. You’ve made
me use my imagination that was locked down in the
basement.”---15-year-old J-P. L. (male)
“My homework’s been getting done. My attitude---I don’t get
all grumpy. I haven’t been getting in trouble. I’ve been
understanding things better.”---11-year old A.H. , ( male)
who completed a program for ADHD.
“I’m improving on reading. I can concentrate better. I can
control what I feel like and control if I’m hyper. I can
understand stuff better.”---13-year-old C.M. (female)
“I get along with my friends because I can dial up or down to
them. I can do release now to get the stress and tension off
me. I can put the imaginary hands on my shoulders so I can
get balanced.”---12-year-old R.T. (male) who completed a
program for ADD
“I fall asleep quicker. I’ve been wanting to read more. I’ve
been hearing things better. I feel better about myself. I
feel more confident---like at the rock gym I felt like I
wanted to get to the top.”---10-year-old J.G. (male)
“I can pick out when I’m disoriented, when I misspell words,
when I need to read things over with dial and release and on
point . . .(listing the Davis tools)”---19-year-old J.M.
“I feel more confident. I feel glad that I’ve gone through
this. I’m glad there’s somebody that knows how to do this
(facilitate a Davis Program) for me.”---10-year-old J.T.
(male) who came to Dyslexia Corrector in order to pass fourth
grade so he wouldn’t have to repeat, and his father called
after the last day of school to let me know J.T. had been
promoted to fifth grade and made HONOR ROLL!
“I know how to dial my energy and attention, how to put my
mind’s eye on a point and grasp the item, the product, the
word I’m working on---less confusion, less disorientation,
more control of my body. It’s opened a major door by having
the right tools. Reading’s not a struggle any more---it’s not
work.”---43-year-old R. W. (male)
“…My handwriting has improved. Before I started this I’ve
been writing a lot sloppy. Now I write neat. I’ve been
having less headaches and my reading has improved a lot.”---9-year-old
“My balance has changed a lot and it’s better for me. I
understand the punctuation better. My reading’s gotten a
little better . . .I know alphabetical order now a lot
better.”---14-year-old E.L. (male)
“At work, if I’m on the computer reading off, I’m more focused
and I say the right thing. It seems easier for me and I don’t
have to keep going over the same thing. I do release if I’m
stressed---I can relax and be ready to do what I need to
do.”---29-year-old M.A. (female)
“I’m not as confused. I stay more in tune with what’s going
on around me instead of going off into my own little
world.”---55-year-old R.E. (male)
“I (can) write a lot better, I understand instructions better,
I can read and understand better, and I can do word attack so
I don’t just stare at my trouble words . . .”---12-year-old
“I think I have been able to read more comprehensive and
reading is more fun than it used to be. I think I can
comprehend more when people talk to me.”---15-year-old
“I’ve been getting to read a lot better. I’m usually used to
making a lot of mistakes and now I’m not.”---8-year-old A.M. (male)
“I would say I’ve become more confident . . .”---16-year-old
“A lot of things---I’m reading better. I don’t make so many
mistakes. I now understand why I make mistakes and can get
myself back on track. I can listen (understand oral
instructions) to anything. I know how to spell some new
words.”---10-year-old A. S. (male)
“I’m sleeping better.”—12-year-old D.G. (male)
“I’m more confident of myself, I’m doing better in language, I
have better balance and I know I can (do what I want to
do).”---10-year-old A.J. (male)
“I’m more confident about reading and spelling. I know I can
align myself to help me read better.”---29-year-old B. L.
“I think I’m reading a whole lot better than I did before. I
feel happy that I can read now and do all this stuff.”---8-year-old
“I’ve been starting to get really good at spelling and stuff.
. .and plurals and writing and reading . .
.”---8-year-old K.M. (male)
“I can read books without getting disoriented---a lot better.
I don’t skip lines and keep going back on the same line.”---11-year-old
“I feel more confident in myself.”---53-year-old D.W.
“I can catch triggers when I’m reading and go back and correct
the mistake I made. I can comprehend what I’m reading better;
I read slowly and read every letter in the word I’m reading.
I know how to reorient myself, for sure.”---22-year-old T.S.
“I look at words different---I see every word now.”---19-year-old
“I think I’m more at ease reading out loud. I’m not nervous
to make a mistake. I’m hoping it’s going to help my
comprehension when I go back to school. I think I’ll be able
to help my son, also.”---40-year-old S.D. (male)
“I get a little more out of the reading and make a picture as
I go more readily. If I don’t know the meaning of a word or a
math symbol, I can do Symbol Mastery in the clay and get
better understanding of that word.”---16-year-old B.D.
“I’ve been reading a lot more things and I’m a lot more aware
of signs and things that are written.”---51-year-old R.S.
“I have a more accurate idea of time. I’m learning to control
my disorientation. I’m learning to comprehend what I’m
reading.”---36-year old L.B. (female)
From emails, cards, letters, phone calls:
C----- is not the same person since that first week of
tutoring. It's as if 90% of the issues I had with him all of
his life have just disappeared. He understands himself, he has
a confidence in who he is and what a joy to have Ed and I
understand who he is and to be able to recognize his talents
and promote them while encouraging him and helping him with
any struggles he has when writing a paper, etc. I thank God
for you Nancy! The Lord definitely used you to answer our
prayers for our precious son!—email from mother of 17-year
"I wanted to call you and let you know on my report card
today I got on HONOR ROLL. I made four A’s, 3 B’s and a C."---11-year
old A.H., (male) who completed a program for ADHD.
S-- ALWAYS SAID YOU (NANCY) WERE DOING A FINE JOB DURING
HIS LESSONS LAST WEEK. I WANT TO SHARE THIS WITH YOU.
S-- IS SUCH A JOY TO ME. I WAS HAPPY TO HEAR S-- ASK ME IF WE
HAD ANY VASELINE FOR A POOL INSTALLATION HIS DAD WAS MAKING
FOR ME. I ADVISED HIM THAT VASELINE WAS IN THE MEDICINE
CABINET IN HIS BATHROOM. HE TURNED TO GO, STOPPED, AND ASKED
'WHAT IS A MEDICINE CABINET'! PROGRESS! I SUSPECT IN THE PAST
IT WOULD HAVE BEEN THAT HE COULDN'T FIND IT BECAUSE HE DIDN'T
KNOW WHAT A MEDICINE CABINET 'LOOKED LIKE'.
ON SATURDAY, HE GOT OUT HIS CALENDAR, ASKED ME SOME QUESTIONS
ABOUT IT, AND THEN SAID IT WAS MY TURN TO WORK WITH KOOSH
BALLS AND READING; PER THE SCHEDULE.
I THOUGHT YOU WOULD LIKE TO HEAR THESE IMMEDIATE RESULTS.
THANKS SO MUCH.
---email from S--'S' (8-year-old male) GRANDMOTHER, P--
It seems that S-- did very well with work you did . . .
He seemed to like going and has enjoyed learning with his
new tools. ---email
from Father of 8-year-old male, S--, who traveled from
California for a Program with Dyslexia Corrector
Tuesday's J-- works at the school as the music educator. She
called me about noontime and asked if I knew what my son had
done now. Of course my mind said "What, another fight and a
to the principals office?" Instead I answered with a rather
disappointed "What". He is sitting and writing in the hallway.
When J-- asked him what he was doing. He replied, " I'm
story mom. It is more fun than playing on the play ground".
Well you could have knocked either of us over with a feather.
This is not the S-- that left to see you in Phoenix. He is
really excited about his learning and ability to read and
now. He even sings more . . .
J--- and I are overjoyed with the progress that S-- made in
Arizona, and continues to show signs of at home.
I love what you have done for S--.
“Nancy, my teachers are helping me and
answering my questions now!”---
11-year old A.H. , ( male) who completed a program for ADHD.
“What can I say but thank you? The boy you gave me at the end
of your week together was a totally different kid than I gave
you at the beginning. Thank you so much.”---T.H., father
of 11-year-old A------ (program for ADHD)
“A------ hasn’t taken any of his ADD/ADHD drugs since he first
met with you for the assessment. Our whole family is so much
happier and A------- is doing so well.”---A.H., mother of
11-year-old A------ (program for ADHD)
“I decided to write this essay on the dyslexia person called
Nancy . . .I’m glad I spent time with her because it’s been a
really fun week and I had a lot of fun. I feel I’m ready to
go back to school and do what the teachers tell me to do.”---8-year-old K. M.
“Thank you for taking the time to work with me. . .I do look
at reading in a new light and you have really helped me, so I
want to say Thank You.
“You are the most patient person I know. . .so thank you
“. . . His reading has excelled incredibly. He re-read the
Lord of the Rings trilogy recently and he was able to read
through at about 3 times as fast as before because he was able
to comprehend so much easier than before. Thank you!”---L.E.,
mother of 16-year-old C-----
“He knows when he should use the tools. He tells me that he
does enjoy reading more now than he did before. He even said
that he read the newspaper at his Dad's house.”---K.M.,
mother of 9-year-old A-----
“Nancy, we just finished a McCall Crabbs. (Reading
test/exercise) :-) Praise the Lord!!!! E--- received a 6.0.
We did the first test out of Book C. This was the first
reading test we've done since you did one with E--- back in
July. He jumped two grade levels. He is doing well with his
commitment with the program” and, later, “You're wonderful,
Nancy! Thanks!!!” ---K.L., mother of 15-year-old E---
“J----- seems so much more relaxed when we talk about having
to practice his reading. Thank you so much. I have seen with
my own eyes the transformation of a whining, crying ‘it’s too
hard-I’m stupid’ to a ‘I can do this’ attitude in just 2
weeks. God bless you.”---K.G., mother of 9-year-old J-----
“I wanted to give you an update on D---- and the fourth grade.
Both (D’s mother) and I couldn't be happier not only with
D---- but the school district here in Ohio. D---- has
completed the fourth grade and he's made the honor roll. In
addition, he did well with his state proficiency tests. We had
positive feedback throughout the year with all his teachers
and not once did we experience the negative feelings as
can’t tell you what a relief this past school year has been
for our family. We still have a hard time understanding how a
kid can go from being labeled as a hold back to excelling. . .
While D---- and our family have many challenges ahead we find
it appalling that any child could be so tortured by the
educational system. We often wonder about the kids who don’t
have access to programs like yours and parents who look to
these types of teachers for direction.
In closing, thank you. We still use many of the tools that you
gave us and hope that you continue to be an advocate and
educator for children like D----.” D.P., father of 9-year
From a homeschooling mother:
“The improvement that V-----has made since she attended
dyslexia training with you has been nothing short of a
miracle! I cannot put into words how much it has made a
difference, not only in her schoolwork, but in my own patience
and attitude toward doing school. Before you assessed V-----
and enrolled her for the training, school was more and more of
a struggle every day. My patience was wearing thin because I
just couldn’t understand what was wrong. I felt defeated as a
parent and as a teacher. I felt that I was not doing her
justice being her teacher. All that has changed now and we
are more adamant than ever that homeschooling is the only way
for our family, we just needed some special tools for V-----.
“I just want to take a few minutes to outline some of the many
victories and changes that we have had since sending V-----
through the Davis Dyslexia training program. V----- no longer
has to follow words on the page with her finger when reading.
Her reading speed has GREATLY increased. Reading
comprehension has been almost completely eliminated as a
problem area. V----- is no longer guessing at words or what a
sentence is going to say as she reads. Headaches are no
longer a prominent problem. Her frustration level with
herself has greatly diminished. She realizes that if she is
struggling to read or write something that she, more than
likely, is not ‘on point’. She has experienced a great
freedom in that fact that she can have control over these
“We still have some very frustrating moments, but overall we
have experienced a HUGE amount of successes since V-----‘s
training. Whereas before her training we were only
experiencing a great amount of failure, not only in schoolwork
but in our own attitudes and in our own feelings of defeat.
When we came to realize that V----- has a gift that just
needed some special tools we experienced a great relief.
V----- has more confidence in herself and a whole different
world is opening up to her. She does not enjoy reading and
writing, but she can accomplish the tasks set before her. Her
assignments used to feel like mountains to her and now they
are more like anthills.
“Thank you so much for your time and attention to V-----‘s
needs. I never thought that school would improve for V-----
in the area of reading and writing. We have been very
pleasantly surprised. Please feel free to give my phone
number as a reference for anyone that might be interested in
speaking with me about the Davis Dyslexia training program.
Our victories have been great and we thank God for bringing
you into our lives.”
****At a later date, after receiving email consultation to
deal with a new challenge; “Thanks so much for your input,
Nancy. You can't imagine how comforting it is for me to know
that I have someone to give me counsel on how to deal with
V-----, when needed. I am not dyslexic myself so I don't
really "get" a lot of this, but she sure does! I had her do
what you suggested today and she came back with an A+ paper!”—D.K.,
mother of 9-year old V-----
Comments Repeatedly Made to Nancy Kress, the Dyslexia
Corrector, by people of many ages, both male and female:
“You have changed my life.”
“Now I can do anything I want to do---I feel like I can take
on the world and win.”
“I don’t think I knew how it felt to be confident before you
is like a miracle. Now I don’t think I’m stupid or
“Now I understand why I’ve had so much trouble doing what my
(boss, teacher, parents) wanted."
never noticed so much writing everywhere. I just read (a
sign, caller I.D., an instruction poster) that I never even
noticed before, but now that I can read I saw it and read it.”
can’t imagine what driving is like when you are
disoriented---I feel in control when I’m oriented, and all the
lost feeling is gone now that you’ve shown me how to orient.”
“I gave up my idea to become (President, a Teacher, a business
owner, a fifth grader, a Zookeeper) but now I believe I can do
“I’ve always felt a little ‘out of it’ but now I feel ‘on top
“All those people who called me (dummy, fuzzy-brained, loser,
stupid, lazy, . . .etc) will be surprised to see what I can do
“When you told me you could make this much change in a week,
I didn’t believe you, but now I’m a believer! I see the
entire world differently.”
so glad my (parents, grandparents, spouse) believed in me
enough to invest in this program for me. It’s the best gift
I’ve ever gotten.”
never forget what you did for me this week.”