Who do you help? The purpose of Davis Dyslexia Correction® Programs is to empower children and adults who experience difficulties with reading, writing, math, language, and attention/focus. They gain a new understanding of their personal thinking and perceptual processes; learn self-help methods for controlling perceptions; develop skills for eliminating confusions regarding language symbols; and gain a new found sense of self-esteem.
How is Davis® Program different from other programs? The Davis® method addresses the root cause of learning disabilities. This positive, creative-based program is DESIGNED for the learning style of the visual-spatial person. It uses the natural strengths and talents of the client’s personal learning style. Davis works with the dyslexic's natural strength of thinking in pictures, talents of their personal learning style, and builds meaning through hands on mastery of what other programs call high frequency or sight words. In Davis we call these trigger words because they trigger disorientations that cause confusion. Davis builds a solid foundation for focus and learning and empowers the dyslexic to utilize personal tools to control and correct the learning issues that have been developed. Because it works with the dyslexic strength the change happens quickly....often the client sees a growth in reading of 2 or more grade levels in 30 hours. Clients will learn HOW THEY LEARN and leave with the ability to implement the knowledge obtained during the program into daily life. The program does not use phonics, colored-overlays, rote memorization, or repetitive drill. These address only the symptoms, not the root cause of Dyslexia.
How can the Davis Programs help? Davis Programs are based on the finding that many individuals who exhibit learning disability symptoms have a natural ability to alter their mental and physical perceptions. They can use this perceptual ability to facilitate creativity, improve physical performance, enhance thinking, or resolve confusions. However, when they attempt to use this same ability to resolve confusions regarding language symbols, it can cause unwanted perceptual distortions and noticeable disorientations that affect vision, hearing, balance, motor skills, time sense, and speech.
Individuals who possess and use this thinking style can be shown how to control their perceptions so disorientation no longer interferes with their ability to learn. During programs, clients gain experience using this skill as they begin to clear up many of their basic confusions regarding letters, words, numbers and other language symbols. They also learn to use special study skills uniquely adapted to their way of learning, thinking, perceiving and controlling focus.
How does the Davis Method work? Davis programs are comprehensive, allowing the student to gain improvements in all areas of development: physical, intellectual, social, and emotional. These four areas of human development are intertwined, meaning that the strengths or weaknesses of one area will directly affect the strengths or weaknesses of the other areas. Imagine how doubly exciting it is for the child who completes a program week with significantly increased reading skills, but now can also catch a ball or jump rope for the first time! Davis programs have the power to fuel the total child, not just one’s academic struggles.
Davis Programs are not a substitute for other effective educational or therapeutic programs a person may need. Nor is it a cure for learning disabilities. What they do provide is knowledge and experience with self-help tools. These tools, when used, will unlock a person’s learning potentials, as well as accelerate and enhance the effectiveness of other forms of assistance.
What is the difference between the Davis Program and Orton-Gillingham? Orton-Gillingham is phonics based...teaching/drilling on the sounds of phonograms, rules of decoding and encoding, and intense repetition. This works on the deficit of the dyslexic and over a long time can show progress. Davis works with the dyslexic strength of thinking in pictures and builds meaning through hands on mastery of what other programs call high frequency or sight words. In Davis we call these trigger words because they trigger disorientations that cause confusion. Davis builds a solid foundation for focus and learning and empowers the dyslexic to utilize personal tools to control and correct the learning issues that have been developed. Because it works with the dyslexic strength the change happens quickly....often the client sees a growth in reading of 2 or more grade levels in 30 hours.”
How do I know if this will work for me or my child? To ensure that the programs will be effective and beneficial, potential clients must first be evaluated for certain perceptual abilities and academic achievements. The evaluation also takes into account how aware they are of their learning difficulties and their level of motivation to correct them. Maturity is a factor in these qualifications, so children under 8 may not qualify, however we do offer a Young Learners Program for ages 5-8.
Does this program work with adults? Yes! At the age of 38, Ron Davis discovered the tools that allowed him to correct perception and, for the first time in his life, read an entire book in one sitting. After his discovery, the program was further tested and developed by working with adult dyslexic volunteers. Motivated adults bring a level of maturity and self-awareness that make the program extremely rewarding and successful!
What can I expect to gain from the program? Clients leave the program with the tools of basic literacy—including:
The ability to recognize and correct disorientations at will
The improved ability to maintain and focus attention
The knowledge of how to eliminate confusions in words and symbols
Increased self-confidence and ability in reading, writing, math or physical skills
Implementing the tools into every day life, as well as doing Davis Symbol Mastery® follow-up on trigger words, is necessary to ensure continued success with the program.
How much improvement in reading and writing can I expect? The Davis Dyslexia Correction® Program has a 97% success rate! A typical program will provide for a significant improvement by the last day of the program. This is a literacy jump start…future progress is determined by the client’s motivation, continued use of tools, and completion of Symbol Mastery after the program.
How does the program work for home schooled children? The Davis® Program blends beautifully with the home school setting. Upon completion of the one week 30-hour program, the facilitator will provide for you an overview of how to proceed for the next 4-6 months using the materials that you will be provided with. What does the program look like? All counseling is done on a one-to-one basis designed to fit the individual needs of a particular client. Generally, the initial Davis Dyslexia Correction® Program includes all or most of the following:
Tools, techniques, and procedures are unique and differ from traditional classrooms
Clay is one of the main mediums used, allowing the child to use natural strengths of creativity, artistry, and visual-spatial thought processes
Student work is hands-on with ownership of the strategies transferred to the student
Student learns to view his surroundings in an oriented state (focused), thus allowing him to see, hear, and feel exactly what is there, not what is thought to be there
Mastery of confusing letters, symbols, numbers and words
Reading and/or math enhancement
Spelling and handwriting improvement strategies
Speech and hearing skills
Balance and coordination improvement
Program is intensive, but fun, and presented in 5 consecutive days (Exception: Young Learner’s Program encompasses shorter sessions across a longer time length)
Students resolve numerous confusions before week’s end, allowing them to return to the classroom the following week with new strategies and skills to better achieve academic success
The Davis program provides activities that reach beyond intellectual growth only. Every program provides further developmental growth of the physical, emotional, and social areas, as well
Client receives a kit of resource materials to take home for continued work
Support Training for parents, teachers, or tutors
Accommodation recommendations to aid with transitioning back into a school environment
Six additional follow-up hours included with program package
Davis® , Davis Autism Approach®, Davis® Stepping Stones, and Davis® Concepts for Life are trademarks of Ronald D. Davis. Commercial use of these trademarks to identify educational, instructional, or therapeutic services requires licensing by the trademark owner.
Professional services described as Davis®, including Davis Dyslexia Correction®, Davis Symbol Mastery®, Davis Orientation Counseling®, Davis® Attention Mastery, Davis® Math Mastery, and Davis® Reading Program for Young Learners may only be provided by persons who are trained and licensed as Davis Facilitators or Specialists by Davis Dyslexia Association International.