Ron Davis

Ronald Dell Davis

Ronald Dell Davis is the author of the books The Gift of Dyslexia and The Gift of Learning. His unique insights led to development of the Davis approach to dyslexia in the early 1980’s, first offered in his California-based Reading Research Council.  After the founding of DDAI in 1995, Ron Davis began training others to carry on his work. In recent years he has focused his attention on autism, and his work is the basis the book Autism and the Seeds of Change.



Books by Ron Davis

The Gift of DyslexiaThe Gift of LearningAutism and the Seeds of Change


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Articles on this site:


Dyslexia – 8 Basic Abilities

Usually when people hear the word dyslexia they think only of reading, writing, spelling, and math problems a child is having in school. Some associate it only with word and letter reversals, some only with slow learners. Almost everyone considers […]

Dyslexia and the Threshold for Confusion

  When dyslexic people make mistakes in reading or spelling, it is because they are experiencing disorientation, which results in distorted perceptions. The person’s threshold for confusion is a key factor in how often he or she disorients. A person […]

Education vs. Child Development: How Dyslexia Happens

Having been functionally illiterate for the first 38 years of my life, and having overcome the problem sufficiently to write a book and read it onto tape, here is what I’ve found out: dyslexia is not the result of brain […]

Red Dirt and Water

The Story Behind our use of Clay to Model Words and Ideas When I was an infant, my mother was told I was a Kanner’s baby. Dr. Leo Kanner coined the word autism in the US. For the first nine […]

Test for Dyslexia: 37 Common Traits

Most dyslexics will exhibit about 10 of the following traits and behaviors. These characteristics can vary from day-to-day or minute-to-minute. The most consistent thing about dyslexics is their inconsistency. General: Appears bright, highly intelligent, and articulate but unable to read, […]

The Cause of Dyslexia: Anatomy of a Learning Disability

  The individual encounters an unrecognized stimulus.This could be a word (written or spoken), symbol, or object that is not recognized. The lack of recognition causes a feeling of confusion. Confusion naturally and automatically stimulates or triggers disorientation.The individual uses […]

Articles in The Dyslexic Reader:


  • A Different Look at Attention Deficit Disorder (Issue 25)
  • A Typical ADD Scenario Excerpt from The Gift of Learning (Issue 34)
  • Disorientation and Dyslexic Perception Description of experimental research exploring how disorientation affects perception (Issue 26)
  • Early Miracles (Issue 61)
  • Koosh Ball Therapy A simple and fun way to build on orientation skills (Issue 5)
  • One Man Who Cared World's Most Amazing Uncle (Issue 75)
  • Putting Self in the Picture (Issue 11)
  • Red Dirt and Water (Issue 10)
  • Sixteen Amazing Days in New Zealand (Issue 52)
  • The Discovery (Issue 72)
  • The Duststorm of Deception (Issue 38)
  • The Genesis of the Reading Research Council (Issue 73)
  • The History of Concept Mastery and Symbol Mastery (Issue 30)
  • The Seven Causes of Handwriting Problems, Part 1 Excerpt from The Gift of Learning (Issue 42)
  • The Seven Causes of Handwriting Problems, Part 2 The Seven Causes of Handwriting Problems, Part 2 (Issue 43)