Davis Dyslexia Correction

The Davis Dyslexia Correction program is suitable for children age 8 and over, and adults of any age.  Licensed Davis providers have successfully worked with with many individuals over age 70.

The program typically includes 30 hours of one-on-one work over a 5-day period. Before starting the program, the Davis provider performs a Perceptual Ability Assessment, an exercise that helps determine whether the student has innate visual conceptualization skills often tied to dyslexia.

The two major components of the Davis Dyslexia Correction program are Orientation Counseling and Symbol Mastery.

orientation counselingDavis Orientation Counseling® teaches dyslexic students how to recognize and control the mental state that leads to distorted and confused perceptions of letters, words and numerals. Through a simple mental technique, the students learn to turn off the thought processes that cause misperceptions. Instead, they are able to restore their minds to a relaxed and focused state, suitable for reading and other studies. Once Orientation is learned, the student is ready to build the conceptual skills that will allow them to overcome problems stemming from dyslexia.

girl with clay model of word andDavis Symbol Mastery® gives dyslexic students the ability to think with symbols and words, so they can learn to read easily and with full comprehension. Using clay, students first work with the alphabet, numerals, and punctuation marks, to make sure that they have an accurate perception and understanding of these symbols. Students then use clay to model the trigger words–the short abstract words, frequently encountered in reading, such as and, the, to, or it. These words cause problems when dyslexic students cannot form a mental picture to go along with them. Through Symbol Mastery, the student makes a three-dimensional clay model of the meaning of each word, together with a model of the letters of the words. With this approach, learning is permanent.

When working with children and teenagers, the Davis provider also provides support training to parents, so that they can continue to work with the child at home. At the end of the basic program, students have a full understanding of all the Davis methods, and know how to continue to use these methods on their own. On completion, students are given a kit containing all materials needed to continue to practice Davis techniques and to continue with clay modeling until they have mastered all the common trigger words.

For a sense of program benefits, check this video from GiftedDyslexic (South Africa):

 

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4 comments

  • Judith C

    I was left with Aquired dyslexia after a brain haemorrhage. Is there anything I can do to improve? I was only 15 years old and had to leave school without qualifications. I would dearly love to return to education and become qualified so that I can help people who have uffered from a brain injury to return to as normal as possible life. My problem is although I have done many courses and have a lot of experience, I still come up against not having the right qualifications. Can you give me any advice?

    Many thanks Judith

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      Judith, Davis facilitators have reported varying degrees of success working with individuals who have experienced brain damage from a head injury or stroke, so we know that there is some benefit to our approach. However, progress can be slow – usually the facilitators have been working with a family member or close friend rather than providing a fee-based program, as there really is a need for sustained practice and support over time. It is not a magic solution, just a set of tools that can help on the way of recovery. But this might be an avenue for you to explore.

  • Kristofer J

    I’ve gotten my screening done and I defiantly have severe Dyslexia. Is the write-up I received an officially recognized document? Who do I give it to and how can someone check to see that you are licensed and registered to diagnosis me as officially Dyslexic?

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      Kristofer, if you mean that you completed the survey at https://www.testdyslexia.com — that is an educational tool but not a formal diagnosis.

      If you are interested in a possible Davis Dyslexia Correction program for yourself, the next step would be to make an appointment with a Davis Facilitator, who would in turn provide a further assessment to determine whether a Davis program will provide the help you need. You can find a facilitator using our online directory at http://www.davismethod.org

      If you want to have an “official” diagnosis, then you will need to work with a qualified professional — generally an educational psychologist or neurologist. The cost of diagnostic testing can range from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. We do not provide such testing or referrals because our focus is providing our clients with the tools needed to address and overcome their problem.

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