History of Davis Methods

Ron Davis

In 1980, at age 38, Ronald Dell Davis overcame his own severe dyslexia when he found a way to quickly eliminate common perceptual distortions. For the first time in his life, he could read and enjoy a book without struggling. To his surprise and delight, he soon learned that the simple mental exercise he had discovered for himself seemed to work just as well for other dyslexic adults who tried it out.

He soon realized that correcting perception was not enough; it was also necessary to eliminate the sources of confusion that triggered disorientation. For dyslexia, that meant a system for building strong word recognition and comprehension skills, geared to the dyslexic learning style.

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 1994, the first edition of the book, The Gift of Dyslexia was published. Within a year the book had been translated to several other languages, and Davis Dyslexia Association International (DDAI) was established to formally train other professionals to provide the same program throughout the world.

There are now hundreds of Davis Facilitators offering services in more than 30 languages and more than 40 countries worldwide.  The basic ideas underlying the Davis Dyslexia Correction program have also been extended to develop specialized programs for Attention Mastery, Math Mastery, and Autism.

 

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12 comments

  • Eduardo Reyes

    Que tal soy estudiante de la Universidad Pedagógica Nacional sede Teziutlán Puebla en México, curso el septimo semestre de la licenciatura en pedagogía y mi tema para realizar mi trabajo de titulación habla acerca de como tratar la dislexia en niños de primaria y me gustaría usar algunas bases de su método para esto: mi pregunta es ¿en donde puedo sacar un poco de información acerca del método?

  • Shellanda E

    I read the gift of dyslexia when I was 19 which was 20 years ago before the book I could only read at a grade 3 primary school level ( I had just been tested and given this book). After reading the book I found my reading improved and I was improving my reading over the year. A few years ago I went back to school as I had left in grade 10. I attended university and graduated a midwife 2 years ago which was something I never thought possible I even got distinction and credits.
    My son is 13 and I am thinking he is having some of the same problems I am on the Gold Coast in Australia but with him being 13 how well do they take to the program as I am sure he will do the five day intensive but the follow up is were I am worried he will lose him focus.
    Please can you advise me? And give me more information about the follow up.

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      Shellanda, if your son is motivated, he will want to do the followup. A facilitator will evaluate him for motivation before accepting him for a program, and will also give you tips and suggestions to help keep him on track for the followup work. At age 13 he will need some encouragement, support and light supervision from you, but is old enough to do most of the followup work independently. That is, you probably won’t have to sit with him at the table all the time as he is modeling words, but he may need help with some steps and will need your feedback as he completes models.

  • Mary Kate H

    My 14 year old daughter was recently tested for dyslexia. Her spelling is at a 5th grade level, reading comprehension at 11th grade. She struggles horribly in math (Algebra 1), flipping signs, trouble graphing etc…. Are there any facilitators in Alaska? What recommendations/resources do you recommend?

    Thank you!

  • Ana Inés A

    Hi! I am a mother of an 8 year old girl that has recently tested for dyslexia. Is there an online course? We live in Montevideo Uruguay. My daughter attends The British Schools in Montevideo.
    Thank you!!

  • Julie M

    Hi I am a Dyslexia Assessor based in Stockport, UK. Can you tell me how I can become more familiar with your method of teaching as I need to make recommendations to parents on the best way forward for their children . With some children I suspect that a multi sensory phonic based programme isn’t going to be helpful but I don’t feel confident sign posting them yet to this method .
    Please can you advise.
    Thank you
    Julie

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      Julie, I would suggest that your first step should be to contact a Davis Facilitator in your area and arrange to meet. You can find facilitators in the UK here – https://www.davismethod.org/loc/uk-ireland/ — or you can visit the UK-based Davis Facilitators web site at http://www.unlocking-learning.co.uk/find-a-facilitator/. I think the nearest provider to you is probably the one in Manchester. I am sure that any facilitator would be happy to spend time chatting with you, explaining the program, answering your questions, and may also be able to provide the names of local clients who have completed the program. If you want to learn more there are a range of options, including attending a beginning workshop yourself. However, I think you will feel far more comfortable about making referrals if you have personally met the people in your area who would be providing Davis programs.

  • Zaz

    how long does it take the the Davis program to ‘cure’ someone?

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      The Davis program is not a “cure” for anything. Dyslexia is a not a disease, so it is not something that can be treated medically or cured.

      We use the term “correction” to refer to our program. The dictionary defines the verb correct as, “to make or set right.” Our goal is to provide individuals with specific tools and strategies to allow them to use their inherent mental strengths to overcome the problems and symptoms that accompany their dyslexic thinking style.

      Most Davis programs have two phases, beginning with a period of 5-8 days working full days, one-on-one, with a qualified Davis Facilitator. A standard Davis Dyslexia Correction program is competed over the course of 5 consecutive days. After the conclusion of the 5-day program, the individual does need to follow up with additional work and practice at home.

      The article Davis Program Average Reading Gains contains graphs showing the average improvements in tested reading level over the course of a 5-day program, among more than 400 consecutive clients at a single Davis center. As you can see, the level of improvement varies by age.

      Ultimately, each individual is different and each person also has the responsibility to continue to use and apply the tools the program provides.

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