Michael Zarchin’s unique method of correcting problems of dyslexia is recognized in Israel and throughout the world. Internationally renowned experts in the field who recommend his work include:
Dr. Orna Ariel Lenchner
Professor Reuven Feuerestein
From our first meeting, the similarity in our histories became the common ground for friendship… It is obvious, from the testimonials you shared with me, that you are an extraordinary therapist. The passion, compassion, and intuition which permeate through your work can only come from the experiential knowledge of having been there yourself…, the fact that you approach is effective cannot be denied…” [The complete letter]
Currently one of the well known world experts in dyslexia. In 1980, at age 38, Ron Davis overcame his own severe dyslexia when he found a way to quickly eliminate common perceptual distortions. After independent clinical research and working with experts in many fields, Ron Davis perfected his program for correcting dyslexia in adults and children. In 1982, Ron Davis and Dr. Fatima Ali, Ph.D., opened the Reading Research Council Dyslexia Correction Center in California, achieving a 97% success rate in helping clients overcome their learning problems. In 1995, the Davis Dyslexia Association began formally training others to provide the same program. There are now a international network of 355 centers worldwide who have completed training and have met rigorous standards to provide Davis Dyslexia Correction (www.dyslexia.com).
Dr. Orna Ariel Lenchner
“…I had the great honor of meeting Mr. Michael Zarchin through an introduction by Professor Reuven Feuerstein. As a diagnostician and learning disabilities practitioner for the last two decades I found Mr. Zarchin to be a unique phenomenon. His early history of severe delayed speech and motor development and the inability of educators to teach him to read until he was a 16-year-old put him at great risk…. He should have been doomed to an illiterate destiny, depressed self-esteem and menial employment…When I was first introduced to Michael he had been working as a Dyslexia specialist for seven years and was rapidly gaining national and international recognition. After reading his book I was determined to see how he works. What does he do that I did not learn in my 9 years of graduate school, and 20 years of work in the field? I invited him to come work with me during my summer program for graduating kindergarteners,… How would Michael’s techniques complement my intervention strategies with these students? Will he identify other missing skills in these students?…What I saw in Michael’s work, is a “family doctor” who looks at the whole picture of a child’s functioning. He worked with a dozen of my students and explained to me how visual tracking, coordination and phonemic awareness are all linked together. He was remarkably able to engage my most attention deficit and shy students and within a few sessions develop a trusting relationship…he was getting to the root of the problem, and not just treating the symptoms…After a whirlwind of two intensive weeks working with Michael I strongly felt that it is time to reintegrate what we have learned in the last four decades about learning…Michael’s success story and that of his numerous students are the testimonies.” (The complete letter in Hebrew).
Dr. Orna Ariel Lenchner is an early literacy specialist with unique skills that blend academic insight and practical application. For the last two decades she has worked extensively with children with reading difficulties as an evaluator and remedial instructor, as a teacher trainer at colleges in California and Vermont and for local school districts. She began developing innovative curriculum materials to promote phonological awareness a decade before it became a buzzword in education. Dr. Lenchner has also made unique contributions in the field of Hebrew reading with publications that revolutionized how this distinctive alphabetic system is taught. Dr. Lenchner maintains a private practice where she conducts assessments and provide individualized remedial reading, spelling, and writing instruction to children in the lower elementary grades. In conjunction with her literacy work she uses a wide array of creative techniques and materials to promote phonological awareness. During the summer months she directs and teaches the summer program, Bridging the Gap, for graduating kindergarteners. Dr. Lenchner also specializes in working with reading disabled children learning Hebrew. Dr. Lenchner has publicized many professional articles and is a wanted speaker at professional forums.(www.earlyliteracywizard.com).
Professor Reuven Feuerestein
(Translated from Hebrew)
“…I wish you well on your success and wish that the many in need of your assistance be helped by you and your method which is certainly worthy of publication, distribution, and application for those in need.” (The complete letter)
An international expert in dyslexia, from 1950-55 he studied in the University of Geneva, completing degrees in General and Clinical Psychology (1952) and obtaining a license in Psychology (1954). In 1970 Feuerstein earned his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the Sorbonne. His major areas of study were developmental, clinical and cognitive psychology from a cross-cultural perspective. Professor Feuerstein is the Chairman of the International Center for the Enhancement of Learning Potential (ICELP) in Jerusalem. From 1965 he has been director of the Hadassah-WIZO-Canada Research Institute in Jerusalem, which became part of the ICELP in 1993. His life’s work, and the central focus of the ICELP activity, has been the development of the theories of structural cognitive modifiability (SCM) and mediated learning experience (MLE), and the applied systems of dynamic assessment (LPAD), Instrumental Enrichment (IE) program and shaping modifying environments. From 1970 Feuerstein was Professor of Educational Psychology in Bar Ilan University School of Education, Israel. From 1978 he has held an appointment as Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education, USA.
The success of Professor Feuerstein’s work is evidenced by the thousands of people who have studied his theories and programs. The models of dynamic assessment and Instrumental Enrichment procedures have been adapted and disseminated throughout the world. The IE program has been translated into 18 languages, and there are more than 70 Authorized Training Centers throughout the world affiliated with the ICELP, carrying on the work by providing training, services, and program development.
Professor Feuerstein has published over 80 books, monographs, chapters, and journal articles. In addition, his theory and methods have inspired several thousand research publications, reports, master and doctoral dissertations in different languages.
Honors and Recognition (A selected listing): Prass Yisrael in Education (Israel most prestige’s national award), Detroit Public Schools-Special Commendation, Médaille d’Or of Aix-les-Bains- France, Médaille d’Or of Nevers- France, Variety Clubs International Humanitarian Award-Canada, Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques-France, Yakir Yerushalaim (Distinguished citizen of Jerusalem). (www.icelp.org)