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 Your description of reading "The Gift" is very similar to what I felt when I read it.  I, however, thought that the ways he said to remediate was hokey. 


As much as I loved the Gift I also agree that some of it felt Hokey to me and my son balked at the idea of clay letters.  when he was introduced to cursive writing they felt this would help him - all I can tell you is my dyslexic son had the most gorgeous writing for a 3rd grader - but then again he is very artistic.  Alas at some point I think I decided that we were playing too much catch up and too far behind the rest of the class and society and when a special ed teacher in a IEP recommended audio books and investigating membership with Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (now Learning Ally) I jumped and my son I feel jumped even more.  Call me a defeatist on one level but silently he was reading out loud he sounded like a 2nd grader when in 5th grade and to some extent going into 8th grade still does.


I felt time was running away from us and before I knew it school would be over and I would be exhausted by the experience of having to teach my child things that were not being taught in school.  I seriously considered home schooling and I found that many of the home schooling organizations, support schools, moms etc were in fact catering to children with dyslexia where as the private and public sometimes could not support the child with a learning differences need.  For a time we did "mental health days" - read Jonathan Mooney's book the short bus - he talks about this - it was probably more for my mental health.


Though having said all of this I am also reminded that each dyslexic child learns differently and each child has a different learning issue - the uniqueness of being a child with a Gift is each of them differ and the key is to find what works for them.