by Joe de Braga
When George Manilla, M.D. came to me in 2012 and asked if I would help him share the system he developed that helps people overcome their reading problems, I did not hesitate. I had known Dr. Manilla for many years, and I had heard stories of how he helped people all over our community find a way out of their dyslexia. I always wondered, “How did he do that?”
When I was the principal of Spring Creek High School in Spring Creek, Nevada, Dr. Manilla worked with many of my students. My niece was struggling with dyslexia at that time, and I told my sister about Dr. Manilla, and how he was able to help people who struggled with their reading. She brought her daughter to see him, and I will never forget the reaction of my niece when the words became clear. The gasp and the look of amazement, is one I have since come to know very well, as I also now help people overcome their dyslexia and other reading and writing problems by using Dr. Manilla’s Reading Vision system.
My name is Joe de Braga, M.Ed., former Director of Curriculum and Technology for the Elko County School District in Elko, Nevada. I am a professional educator with over 30 years of experience working with students and their parents, both as a teacher and administrator. Dr. Manilla and I wrote this book to provide important guidance to parents of children who are experiencing difficulties in reading; many of whom have been diagnosed as “Dyslexic” or “Learning Disabled.” Dr. Manilla and I prefer to use the term “struggling readers.” It is our intent to simplify the terminology, provide you with an easy to follow process for helping your child overcome their struggles, and convince you that there is hope for your child. By the end of this book you will have a better understanding of what your struggling reader experiences, the causes of your child’s frustrations, and how to accurately identify his or her specific learning needs. We will explain how you can conduct a few simple assessments of your child, demonstrate an eye exercise known as “Penny Power” and teach your child how to see words clearly; an event that rarely occurs for struggling readers.
Dr. Manilla developed the Reading Vision system over 25 years ago. He is a medical pathologist who spent most of his research efforts developing an effective vaccine and topical treatment for Equine Sarcoid and Cancer Eye of cattle and horses. What began as a personal eye relaxation technique, progressed into an eye exercise, and was eventually aligned to a proven reading method. Dr. Manilla has refined this process over the years through his work in helping individuals overcome their reading difficulties, as well as his own. You see, Dr. Manilla is also dyslexic.
In 2012, Dr. Manilla and I came together to train K-12 teachers across northern Nevada in using the Reading Vision system with their students. Trained teachers, in turn, successfully implemented the process with their struggling readers, and the results have been astonishing. Students who previously demonstrated little to no growth in reading assessments in their first few years of school are now catching up with their peers academically. Most of the children with whom we have worked have doubled their words-per-minute read within just a few weeks of actively using the Reading Vision system. With this new-found ability to clearly see the words, a child’s confidence naturally grows, and the ability to comprehend what is read increases.
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- Joe de Braga, December 2013
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