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 into several other languages, and Davis Dyslexia Association International (DDAI) was established to formally train other professionals to provide the same program throughout the world.

Ron Davis has now retired; his work is carried on by 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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  • Sherry

    My son had a speech problem when he was little (about 2-5 years of age). I worked for Mayo Clinic and we did all of the tests (hearing, sight, cognitive) to see what the problem was. They told me he had a low IQ (without even taking it). I got speech therapy for him and he did great. I help with school work.

    One day his teacher called me to say he was constantly talking with girls (he is a cutie) and not doing his work. I asked, Do you sit with him and help one-on-one with his school work? She said, no… I hand him his folder and he knows what to do. I was shocked. This was the 6th grade and we had known he was struggling since kindergarten and signed him up for EAS classes. They were going to hold him back another year. I pulled him out of school faster than they could blink an eye.

    I set him up with a homeschooling program and every night we did his school work. I read his assignments with him next to me and I asked him questions and he answered. He did great. I know he was behind and wanted him to catch up to his grade.

    I took him and a physician tested him. He came out and said, There is nothing wrong with your son. He has a very good verbal understanding. I said, I understand that, but he has to know how to read and write to make it through school.

    I bought this book and others and we started using books on tape from the school of the deaf and blind to help him with his school work. He is a listener. He learns better that way. He is a grown up now and he listens to everything on tape and he is the most humble and smart kid.

    The thing that bothered me through all of this was the labels they put on him. He started to believe them. I knew they were wrong and I told him everyday “You just learn differently and school are set up to teach ONLY one way. That was the most work – his self-esteem. They tried to break him down and I refused to let them do that to him. I love who he turned out to be.

  • shantha maria

    I am visiting this page after reading the book “The Gift of Dyslexia” found it very use full