The Davis Dyslexia Correction® Program
The first step is an assessment to determine if the program will meet the goals of the client and if the client is motivated to do the program. It includes a perceptual ability assessment to determine if the client possesses the ability to perceive multi-dimensionally and a symptoms profile. Any questions are answered at this time. The assessment usually takes about 2 hours.
The first stage of The Davis Dyslexia Correction® Program is a five consecutive days one-to-one intensive course. The program usually runs from Monday until Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. with an hour off from 12 until 1 for lunch. On the Friday afternoon the support person who is going to help the client with the trigger word list is trained. The second stage is the home study program when the list of trigger words is mastered. This program benefits individuals eight years and older. (
For early learners ages 5-7 the Davis™ Reading Program for Young Learners is available.) The main components of the program are:
- Davis Orientation CounselingSM
Clients are given training to enable them to mentally turn off disorientation. Being oriented turns off the confusion so the symbols that are causing the confusion in the first place can be identified and mastered with Symbol Mastery.
Davis Symbol MasterySM
Our clients, because they are picture thinkers, learn best through a visual-spatial approach.
The creative process, employing clay, is used to master the alphabet and punctuation.
The three parts of a word, what it looks like, what it sounds like, and what it means are created in clay after first looking up the word in a dictionary. The client begins to master the trigger words, abstract words which have no picture, which are common to most dyslexics. These are continued later at home.
Kinesthetic and balancing exercises help resolve many coordination problems or left-right confusion.
It is not natural for picture thinkers to track the letters from left to right. They want to look at the words all at once.
To help our clients become better readers we use three Davis Reading exercises: Spell-Reading, Sweep-Sweep-Spell
and Picture-At-Punctuation. These exercises help the client to track from left to right, decode and comprehend written material.
A family member or tutor is taught how to support the client after the Program and how to assist with the Symbol Mastery of the trigger words.
Follow Up Support
Follow up support is also part of the program, including:
•Davis Symbol Mastery Kit (includes manual, dictionary, grammar book, clay and other study aids)
•6 hours of follow up
•unlimited telephone consultations
How is the Davis method different from other approaches?
Ron Davis believes that dyslexia is a result of an inherent mental gift or talent. People who develop dyslexia think in pictures, rather than words; they are imaginative and creative; and they try to solve problems by looking at the whole picture, rather than working step-by-step. Davis Dyslexia Correction® relies on using the mental talents that dyslexic people share to overcome the learning problems. To do this, students must learn and follow a different approach to learning.
When dyslexic students recognize their mental talents, they develop a renewed sense of self esteem and confidence. When they start to employ study methods which capitalize on their talents, progress is very rapid.
Some of the ways that Davis Dyslexia Correction® differs from other programs are:
- The Davis method does not rely on instruction based phonics.
Since dyslexic students think in pictures, they have difficulty thinking with the sounds for words, and thus it is difficult for them to try to read by breaking words down into component sounds.
- The Davis method does not employ repetition or drill.
Dyslexic students have a hard time remembering things that they do not fully understand. Repetition and drill are a waste of time for them, and only increase the frustration because they will not retain information unless they understand where it fits into the “big picture”.
- The Davis method does not rely on physical devices such as colored overlays or large print books.
Dyslexia is a developmental learning problem, and is not a result of problems with vision or hearing. While some physical devices may seem to make reading or writing easier, the use of such devices does not help the dyslexic student to function normally.
- The Davis method does not rely on medications or herbal treatments.
It is important for dyslexic students to take control of their own learning. Since dyslexia is not a disease or a psychiatric ailment, medications are not appropriate, and will only hinder the student’s learning abilities.
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