In 1980, at age 38, Ron Davis (best-selling author and world renown dyslexia expert) overcame his own severe dyslexia when he found a way to quickly eliminate common perceptual distortions. These perceptual distortions had caused challenges with reading, writing, auditory processing, attention focus, to name a few.... For the first time in his life, he could read and enjoy a book without struggling. 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 the Reading Research Council Dyslexia Correction Center opened 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, and a year later Davis Dyslexia Association International was launched and began formally training others to provide the same program.
Davis Dyslexia Correction® provides tools to overcome problems with reading, writing, spelling, listening and attention focus. These methods enable children and adults to recognize and control the mental processes that cause distorted perceptions of letters and words. Once students can be sure that their perceptions are accurate, they can resolve the underlying cause of their learning difficulties through methods that build upon their creative and imaginative strengths.
The Davis Dyslexia Program uses a multisensory approach to learning. The persons skills are improved by resolving confusions related to letters, words, numbers, punctuation, etc.. The students use all of the senses to learn. They see, touch, create and visualize, the information they are learning. Using a multisensory approach stimulates many parts of the brain and helps to provide long-term retention.
The Davis approach is not based on tutoring or drill, but actually resolves the root causes of problems experienced by individuals with language-based learning difficulties. The Davis program is explained in detail in the book, The Gift of Dyslexia.
How is the Davis method different from other approaches?
Ron Davis believes that dyslexia is a result of an inherent mental gift or talent. People who develop dyslexia think in pictures, rather than words; they are imaginative and creative; and they try to solve problems by looking at the whole picture, rather than working step-by-step. Davis Dyslexia Correction relies on using the mental talents that dyslexic people share to overcome the learning problems. To do this, students must follow a different approach to learning. When dyslexic students recognize their mental talents, they develop a renewed sense of self-esteem and confidence. When they start to employ study methods which capitalize on their talents, progress is very rapid.
Some of the ways that Davis Dyslexia Correction differs from other programs are:
- The Davis method does not rely on instruction based on phonics.Since dyslexic students think in pictures, they have difficulty thinking with the sounds of words, so it is hard for them to try to read by breaking words down into component sounds. Rather than trying to force students to use a method that is inherently difficult for them, Davis methods teach a visual and meaning-based approach that is much easier for dyslexic people to learn and use. This in turn leads to much more rapid progress than with traditional instruction, and most students become fluent and capable readers using the Davis strategies.
- The Davis method does not employ repetition or drill. Dyslexic students have a hard time remembering things that they do not fully understand. Repetition and drill are a waste of time for them, and only increases their frustration because they will not retain information unless they understand where it fits into the "big picture".
- The Davis method does not rely on physical devices such as colored overlays or large print books.Dyslexia is a developmental learning problem, and is not a result of problems with vision or hearing. While some physical devices may seem to make reading or writing easier, the use of such devices does not help the dyslexic student to function normally.
- The Davis method does not rely on medications or herbal treatments. It is important for dyslexic students to take control of their own learning. Since dyslexia is not a disease or a psychiatric ailment, medications are not appropriate, and will only hinder the student's learning abilities
The two major components of the Davis Dyslexia Correction Program ®
Davis Orientation Counseling® teaches dyslexic students how to recognize and control the mental state that causes confusion and mis-perception of letters, words and numerals. Through a simple mental technique, the students learn to turn off the thought processes that cause the misperceptions. Instead, they are able to restore their minds to a focused state necessary for reading and other studies at will. Once Orientation is learned, the student is ready to build the conceptual skills that will allow them to overcome problems and challenges stemming from dyslexia.
Davis Symbol Mastery® gives dyslexic students the ability to think with symbols and words, so they can learn to read and write more easily and with full comprehension. Using clay, students first work with the alphabet and punctuation marks to make sure that they have an accurate perception and understanding of these symbols and to resolve any confusions associated with them. Although many students feel that the alphabet is something they do not need to work on, every student has letters that disorient them. We create these letters in clay and using their inherent creative talents, we work with the letters until they are no longer a 'trigger' for the individual, until they no longer cause disorientation. If just one letter is a 'trigger' or disorients the student, then every word with that letter in it, will cause confusion which then leads to disorientation and inaccurate perception. Students then use clay to model the trigger words--which are 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, thereby using their natural abilities to master the words and remove the confusion and disorientation associated with them. With this multi-sensory approach, geared for picture-thinkers, learning is permanent.
In the course of the Program, tools are also given to help the student when he/she becomes frustrated and to allow the student to have control over their energy level to be able to deal with the task at hand. These are tools that are then used continually until they become as natural as any other learned behavior. On the last day of the Program, parents and/or tutors are invited to participate in support training in order to be able to work with the student for the on-going work of Symbol Mastery after the Program is completed.
The Davis Dyslexia Correction Program is a comprehensive Program in which everything needed to overcome the challenges associated with dyslexia is provided.
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Professional services described as Davis®, Davis Dyslexia Correction®, Davis Symbol Mastery®, Davis Orientation Counseling®, Davis Math Mastery® and Davis Learning Strategies® may onlybe provided by persons who are employed by a licensed Davis Specialist,or who are trained and licensed as Davis Facilitators by Davis DyslexiaAssociation International. Go to www.dyslexia.com for further information about this.