What to do after receiving a diagnosis of dyslexia

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What to do after receiving a diagnosis of dyslexia

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So your child has just been diagnosed with dyslexia; congratulations. You've got a gifted, talented, brilliant thinker who just needs to learn to change the way they are reading, so they can learn a little bit better. What I want you to understand about your child is that they are not dumb, they are not stupid, and they are not lazy. That may be how they are feeling. I also want you to know that your child is trying as hard as they can. They are trying harder than anyone else in the class. They just don't have the tools to change what's going on inside. What you need to find is a program for your little guy. Don't think that just because you had a hard time reading growing up and you got over it, that they are going to get over it. Don't have them suffer through what you, personally, had to suffer through for so many years. Find a program that is going to understand that the root cause of this is their visual spatial style of thinking that's causing distortions in their perception. When they see or read "was" on the page and they say "saw," they actually see "was." They are not making that up. They just need tools. Find a program like the Davis Program. That's what the Davis Program does. It helps capitalize on what they are already doing, what they are already gifted with. It helps them turn off the distortions and recognize the beautiful benefits of being that intelligent, spatial thinker.

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Angela Gonzales, MD

Dyslexia & ADD Specialist

Dr. Angela L. Gonzales (Dr. Angie) is a Pediatrician, Licensed Davis Facilitator, transformational speaker, and mother of three. Currently, Dr. Angie owns and runs Renaissance Mind in Norco, CA.  Renaissance Mind is a Learning Facility where Dr. Angie uses both her Davis Facilitator License and medical expertise. Through Renaissance Mind, she is able to help clients, educators and parents learn skills and techniques that help overcome the obstacles of learning that accompany the unique thinking styles of those with Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Renaissance Mind programs utilize multiple, non-pharmaceutical, techniques that are tactile, fun, and unique to each client.  The programs also include help with focusing, comprehension, math skills, reading and handwriting skills.  As a transformational and instructional speaker and educator, Dr. Angie has dedicated herself to helping others, of all ages, to find joy and peace in their lives.  Through Renaissance Mind she offers multiple educational courses and workshops that aid individuals on their path to total wellness of mind, body and soul.

Prior to running Renaissance Mind, Dr. Angie received her BA in Physiology from the University of California at San Diego and then went on to obtain a doctorate in medicine from Drew/UCLA School of Medicine.  She completed her pediatric residency at Martin Luther King Hospital and then spent an additional year as Chief Resident to aid in teaching pediatric residents. Following her medical training she worked in Downey, California as a general pediatrician for seven years.  During this time she served on multiple committees both at the clinic and hospital.  

As Dr. Angie's family grew she transitioned her time from the clinic to time with her children, trading her full time practice for part time work covering other physicians’ practices when necessary. As her youngest child’s school experience increased in difficulty, she left medicine to aid in his education. Despite her efforts at homeschooling, her son continued to have learning challenges.  It wasn’t until she found a Davis® Facilitator that her son began to have success in school. She saw the success in her son defined by increasing reading ability, appropriate coping mechanisms and improving self esteem and confidence.  Her son’s success was her inspiration to go back to work, but not as a physician, as a Davis® Facilitator. As she began her journey, providing answers for those with learning differences, she realized that the sum total of the individual was far more than just their ability to learn.  She began to work with the total individual to promote total wellness.  This led her into her other passion: helping to heal the whole person. 

Dr. Angie was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and is a product of the Los Angeles Unified School District. She currently resides in Riverside, CA with her husband of 23 years, her four children (including her nephew) and three dogs.

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