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Reading and Learning Disabilities

Reading and Learning Disabilities

My business partner in one of my other companies is the mother of an 8 year old daughter who her teachers are labelling with a reading disability. Today’s society is quick to label something that they do not understand as a disability, disorder or syndrome.

Although I acknowledge some people have a different style of learning in comparison to others I personally follow a philosophy of Dr John Demartini. He believes there is no such thing as a learning disability and that everyone has their own unique style of learning.

I laughed in response to the statements her daughter’s teachers made because of my own personal current reading ability. Because based on my perception of the world and my own personal reading abilities I believe reading at the average rate of 100 to 200 words per minute is a learning disability.

It is all about perception

Her teachers are labelling her daughter’s reading ability in comparison to the average 8 year old student who reads between 50 and 100 words per minute. What if the assessment that a student her age should be reading at 80 to 120 words per minute is flawed?

Often the so-called reading or learning disabilities are not really disabilities but incorrect comparisons to what society believes should be the norm. If the educator or teacher is comparing the so-called learning disability to reading system is flawed, the assessment may be incorrect.

We are certain if you allocate time and energy to reading at a faster rate than you do today you will read at a rate faster the 99% of the world’s population.

If you struggle to read or learn instead of berating or criticising yourself for your so called disability consider the possibility that there isn’t something wrong with you, but instead there may be something wrong with the way you were taught to read.


Our approach to students with labelled learning disabilities

We receive a few enquiries a month regarding children and adults with learning disabilities. In assisting these clients we first assess the level of challenge a potential client faces and then Dmitriy decides whether he will work on them on a one-on-one basis or if he will put that student onto one of the group courses.


Dr John F Demartini

Who is a personal mentor of mine was diagnosed as dyslexic from a very young age and had not read a book up until the age of 17 years old. Today just over 30 years later he has read over 37000 texts and written numerous bestselling books. He was told by his teacher he would never learn to read, write or communicate or ever amount to much in life. Today he travels the world and speaks to millions of people over 340 days a year and gets handsomely paid to do so.

Some of the world’s most successful people in the world including Richard Branson, Jamie Oliver, Thomas Edison, Tom Cruise and Henry Ford were all diagnosed with dyslexia.


Written by Martin Sam © 2012 Copyright the Shilin Speed Reading Institute