South African Researchers Report Reading Success with Davis Methods

Researchers at University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa, compared the progress of 18 dyslexic students who were given instruction using Davis Dyslexia Correction techniques with a control group of students from the same school. Over a period of nine months, the Davis students performed significantly better on tests of word recognition skills and spelling.

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Research Database

Index and links to research topics related to dyslexia

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Research Topic: Building Visual Memory for Letters and Words

Orthographic mapping is the process by which letter sequences and words become stored in visual memory, so that they can be recognized automatically when seen in print. The visual memory for words is also helpful for spelling words that do […]

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Academic Research Referencing Davis

  The 1994 publication of the book, The Gift of Dyslexia described a new theory of dyslexia which has influenced many researchers. Rather than looking at dyslexia as a disability or mental defect, Davis described it as a function of […]

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Research Topic: Infant Brain Development and Dyslexia

Studies of infants with a family history of dyslexia have shown that differences in brain function can be detected as early as two months. These include differences in the way the brain responds to speech sounds as well as differences […]

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Research Topic: Orton-Gillingham based teaching

Orton-Gillingham (OG) is a generic term for a specific set of remedial teaching guidelines; this may also be called Multisensory Structured Language Teaching. The name comes from a teaching method created by Dr. Samuel T. Orton and teacher/psychologist Anna Gillingham […]

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Research Topic: Letter Names and Alphabet Learning

Educators agree that alphabetic knowledge is essential for good reading, but differ as to the methods used for teaching. Many educators encourage teaching letter names first, but others advocate teaching of letter sounds before names. Research shows that learning the […]

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Research Topic: Reading Fluency

Reading Fluency can be defined as the ability to read connected text rapidly, smoothly, effortlessly, and automatically with little conscious attention to the mechanics of reading, such as decoding.” (Meyer & Felton, 1999) “Fluent readers process written text rapidly and […]

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Research Topic: Nonresponse to Traditional Intervention

Research Shows that 30-50% of struggling readers do not respond well to traditional intervention services, typically based on provision of specialized teaching geared to phonemic awareness and phonetic decoding. The traits of “nonresponders” are highly correlated to common signs of […]

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Research Topic: Disorientation

Ron Davis developed the Davis programs for dyslexia and other learning challenges based in part on in-house, clinical research of the impact of disorientation on perception. This page contains links to independent research that may inform and expand upon the […]

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