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 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 counseling

Davis 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 and

Davis 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.

This program is currently available online from many Davis Facilitators. For more information, see Online Program Delivery (Pilot Program).

For a sense of program benefits, watch these videos from GiftedDyslexic (South Africa):

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  • Jacky

    Hi. My daughter is completing the Barton program. She’s diagnosed dyslexic, CAPD, visual tracking issues ( has vision therapy) and some sensory issues with food textures/clothes. Will your program help? Or does she needs to complete all the above programs first? I’m interested in the 5 day program. Any available in CA? Thanks

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      The Davis tools can address all the issues you describe. In addition to addressing reading problems, Davis programs include tools to build and reinforce visual tracking during reading and auditory orientation. However, it is generally not a good idea to do a Davis program at the same time as other forms of therapy, because of the potential for confusion. Also, it is important that the person is committed to prioritizing the at-home follow through for Davis, and that can be difficult when there is a full schedule of other types of therapy.

      The vision therapy would be compatible with Davis, but Barton emphasizes strategies that would tend to undermine the Davis program. Davis facilitators often work with clients who have had the Barton program before starting with Davis program, but that program would need to be discontinued before starting Davis. The problem is that any program that emphasizes phonetic decoding will tend to slow down the reading process, and so it becomes very difficult to develop automatic word recognition skills, reading fluency, and comprehension.

      It’s best to consult directly with a Davis facilitator to discuss your daughter’s needs and your expectations for a program. All Davis Facilitators are listed at http://www.davismethod.org — you can use this page to find facilitators in California: http://www.davismethod.org/loc/california

  • Ashley D

    Could you advise where you source the clay from? We would like to order some.

  • KB

    I have a 9yo daughter diagnosed with NVLD and dysgraphia, she is also SLD in math and writing. She has weak symbol imagery and orthographic weakness, as well as motor planning weakness which contribute to the dysgraphia. I own and have read both The Gift of Dyslexia and The Gift of Learning. She was tested and also found to have difficulty with tracking and visual processing by her optometrist. We are considering purchasing the program for home use as I have background in special education and currently we cannot afford to engage a trained facilitator. I see the closest facilitator has helped individuals with NVLD. I am wondering if this would be successful with DD and whether we should first complete vision therapy.

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      KB, is it possible for you to arrange a consultation and screening appointment with the facilitator near you? That would not be costly and would give you the option to discuss your daughter’s specific needs as well to get the facilitator’s opinion on whether a Davis program will help. The Facilitator might also be able to provide specific guidance and suggestions.

      You can buy a kit for home use, but that is not the same as the program — it just is not possible to put all the knowledge and tools that facilitators get in the course of their many hours of training into some sort of manual for home use. It would be way too confusing and overwhelming for parents who buy the home kit. So the kits provide information to supplement what is in the book, The Gift of Dyslexia.

      Have you tried the Orientation or Alignment procedure as outline in the book? Just about every weakness or diagnosis you have described can be tied to disorientation — so if a child does not have the tools for orientation, she will have difficulty with any sort of therapy or remediation, because the inconsistency of perceptions will stand in the way.

  • Sara o

    I’m 23 years old and after years of doubts I finally decided to do a test for dyslexia. I am a university student and I have find difficulties in reading md comprehending. Now that I know that I’m a dyslexic I want to find a way to improve as I I’d like use my maximum brain potential to achieve even better results. Would you suggest me any of your specific programs

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      Sara, the Davis Dyslexia Correction program is effective at any age. So a good starting point would be to arrange a consultation with a Facilitator.

  • Sharadvi T

    Is this program only offered in Canada?

  • Andrea P

    My 8.5 year old son has (pending official diagnosis) Auditory processing disorder. (Also possible ADHD and a few sensory things going on). Would the Davis program be appropriate for him?

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      Yes — APD is often just a different manifestation of symptoms which stem from the same underlying issues. A Davis program can address those issues. The combination of the APD with possible ADHD and sensory issues does suggest that disorientation may be a significant factor. So it would definitely be worthwhile for you to arrange an assessment with a Davis provider to discuss the range of symptoms and difficulties in the context of a possible program.

  • Janie U

    Can this program be taken online? I have a granddaughter that lives in a rural town with no access to help for her dyslexia.

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      Janie, a full Davis program depends on one-on-one work with a qualified facilitator who can observe the person while working with them. Because of the hands-on, participatory nature of the program it would not be possible to get the same results with an online program. However, the key techniques are described in detail in the book, The Gift of Dyslexia and we also sell home kits at https://shop.dyslexia.com/kits – so it is possible to get started with the Davis approach even if it is not feasible to travel to work with a Davis Facilitator. I’d add that many facilitators are able to travel to work with their clients — so it’s probably worth at least a phone call to the nearest facilitator to explore options.

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