Davis Math Mastery

Image courtesy of positivedyslexia.comDavis® Math Mastery provides tools to correct problems learning math. These learning problems are sometimes called dyscalculia and can often accompany dyslexia and ADHD symptoms.

The Davis approach goes to the root issues that cause some people to have problems understanding and learning math with traditional teaching methods. Visual-spatial thinkers are often confused by the words and symbols which describe math functions. When the foundation concepts for understanding all mathematics are mastered, learning math becomes easy.

Like Davis Dyslexia Correction®, the first step in Davis Math Mastery is to enable children and adults to control disorientation. Once students can be sure that their perceptions are accurate, they can resolve any confusions about math with methods that build upon their creative and imaginative strengths.

The length of a Davis Math Mastery program varies, depending on the needs of the individual. Usually, the Facilitator will schedule 5 to 8 days. Less time may be required if the client has already completed a basic Davis Dyslexia Correction program.


Courtesy of dyslexia-add-autismlearning.caDavis Math Mastery programs address:

  • Foundation concepts for understanding and learning math;
  • Numbers, numerals, quantities, and counting;
  • Place value;
  • Arithmetic operations;
  • Fractions and decimals;
  • Word problem comprehension;
  • Learning math facts like basic addition or multiplication tables;
  • Telling time or keeping track of time;
  • Reading or using a calendar;
  • Making change;
  • Balancing a checkbook;
  • Sequencing and Logic

Basic Outline of a Davis Math Mastery Program:

  • Davis Perceptual Ability Assessment and Symptoms Profile Interview
  • Davis Orientation Counseling®
  • Mastery of basic language symbols, as needed
  • Introduction to Davis Symbol Mastery®
  • Mastery of the foundation concepts underlying all mathematics: Change, Cause-Effect, Before-After, Consequence, Time, Sequence, and Order vs. Disorder
  • Davis Math Function Exercises: Twelve exercises which quickly lead to competency with dividing three-place numbers including decimals.
  • Symbol Mastery practice on Story Problem Trigger Words: For example the word “by.” The common meaning in everyday language would be “close to.” There are two separate meanings which must be mastered for accurate comprehension in math — for multiplication the meaning would be “using as a multiplier,” and for division the meaning would be “into groups of.”
  • Comprehension practice reading story problems, as needed.
  • Symbol Mastery on Key glossary words of math text book, if needed.
  • Results Assessment Interview .
  • Support training for teachers, tutors, parents and helpers.
  • A Student Backpack Kit with a manual and materials necessary for successful follow-up to the program. (Follow up consists of mastering the meanings of 21 “trigger words” which describe math functions.)

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  • Ms. Randymary

    I am dyslexic and a writer who is writer about her own dyslexia. I do not remember how I learned math and have always had difficulty with 6 & 9 to this day. Is there any explanation how I might have gotten my brain to function when I see a 6 and it is a 9 and them my brain clarifies it with in seconds to the right number?

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      You are describing the process of disorientation triggered by a symbol that is confusing to you. In early childhood, you weren’t able to distinguish 6 from 9 because they are the exact same symbol – one is just inverted. So in your mind, it is one symbol, and now every time you see either a 6 or 9, your brain automatically disorients and summons up both images — and then the conscious, problem-solving part of your brain kicks in to choose among the two options and select the correct one. That’s the “clarifying” part — your thinking brain resolving the disorientation, but it takes a couple of seconds instead of being automatic.

      We use clay modeling to resolve this issue, because there is something about the involvement of the creative and tactile process of working with clay along with having a 3-dimensional version of the symbol that cements the correct symbol in the mind.

  • Alex

    Are there any Davis Math Mastery facilitators available in Cape Town, South Africa??

  • Natalie M

    What is the cost of this program? Can it be done for a distance i.e in your own home

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      Davis Facilitators are independent professionals who set their own fees. All Davis programs are given in a one-on-one context with the client working directly and personally with the Facilitator in a private setting. Some Facilitator are willing to travel to their client’s location to provide a program. Because the length of the program can vary, it is possible that a facilitator would need to meet with the client first before quoting a fee.

      It is not possible to do any of the basic Davis programs (Math Mastery, Attention Mastery, Dyslexia Correction) in any context other than working directly with the facilitator — so no, the program cannot be done at a distance. However, an initial consultation and preliminary screening interview can be done using phone or videoconferencing when the facilitator is not nearby.

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