Key aspects of Davis program


What are the key aspects of the Davis Dyslexia Correction program?


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

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.

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.


  • Lourdes E

    Hi I am looking for a way to help may daughter , she is been to several therapies and non seem to work.

    She is going to be 8 years old soon

    The thing is that we live in Ecuador and she is studying at the British school ( full curriculum in English)

    I have been advise to go to another school which teaches mainly In Spanish

    My question is:

    Can we go to your center and get help even if her first language is Spanish ? Currently she speaks English but can not read or write I. English. She still has trap left with this in Spanish as well

    And can this program help her to learn a second language ?

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      Lourdes, here is page where you will find a list of licensed Davis providers in Ecuador:

      As Spanish is your daughter’s native language, all of the listed providers will be able to help her. You’ll see from the list that there currently is one provider in Ecuador who also can provide services in English, so you might choose to consult that provider first.

      Davis providers work with many multi-lingual children and the program can help your daughter succeed in any language.

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