The Davis Dyslexia Correction method consists of the following:

1. Perceptual Ability Assessment:
A screening to determine the ability to perceive multi-dimensionally.
This interview also establishes if the individual is aware that they have a problem, and whether they are motivated and want to do something about it.

2. Symptoms Profile Interview:
The client is asked to rate their strengths and weaknesses in a wide range of topics related to learning. From this the individual client’s needs and goals are established. A programme is then tailored to provide the client with skills necessary to achieve their personal learning goals.

3. Davis Orientation Counseling:
This is achieved by giving the student a mental ‘on-off’ switch which enables students to control all of their senses (perception). With practice this control helps identify what letters and words trigger uncertainty and confusion. This mental on-off switch gives the student the ability to focus on written material and identify and overcome persistent reading mistakes.

The goal of Orientation Counseling is to give the student the ability to consciously control their perception when it acts as a barrier to reading, writing, spelling or maths or succeeding in a traditional educational / work setting.

4. Davis Symbol Mastery:

Symbol mastery effectively identifies and eliminates the confusions that trigger spontaneous disorientations. This process is used to master the alphabet, in uppercase and lowercase letters, both forwards and backwards. To achieve this, clay is used as a tool because it is a great medium for creativity.
Punctuation marks are mastered in the same way, with full understanding of how they are used as ‘road signs’ in reading.

5. Word Mastery:
A common problem for most dyslexics are the ‘sight’ words such as if, for, of, and the like. These words ‘trigger’ confusion and produce a ‘blank’ mental picture which disables the dyslexic’s ability to think and function with them. To overcome this, Symbol Mastery uses all three components of what a word consists of:
What a word looks like
What a word means
What a word says

By using a dictionary we get a clear definition of the words meaning. With a clear definition we talk sentences for a clear picture of the meaning. With a clear picture of the meaning we put this definition into a 3-dimensional clay model. In an orientated state we then Symbol master what the word looks likes, means and says.

This procedure draws on the unique learning style that picture thinkers possess – experience and creativity – “we know it because we made it”. There are approximately 217 trigger (non-picture) words to Symbol Master in order to correct the learning difficulty side of dyslexia. There may be additional words that require this process.

Any word or concept that causes confusion can be mastered with this procedure. This technique of mastery can also be applied to any subject that a student wishes or needs to learn.

6. Three Step Reading Exercises:
. Spell-Reading:
To train left to right eye movement
Enable the reader to recognize letter groups as words.

B. Sweep-Sweep-Spell:
Continue training in left to right eye movement
Continue word recognition

C. Picture at Punctuation
Full comprehension of what is read by accurately picturing at each punctuation ‘stop sign’ what the author is conveying.

7. Support Training:
Support training is an essential part of the program. A family member, tutor or friend is taught the basic Symbol Mastery methods and reading exercises and briefed on how to act as a coach after the Programme. A study schedule is agreed upon with the student who will continue Symbol Mastery of the trigger words in the home setting.

8. The Outcome of the Davis Dyslexia Correction Program:

The ability to recognize and correct disorientation's at will.
The ability to focus attention.
The knowledge of how to eliminate confusions in words and symbols
The basic tools of literacy

As a result the client has:
Increased self-confidence and ability in reading, writing, maths or physical skills
A method of learning that can be used throughout life.
Improvement in self-esteem as the student begins to experience success with learning for the first time.

Awareness of coping tactics that hinder learning – such as:
Rote learning

Once orientation is established, and confusion eliminated from the written symbol, these ingrained habits are no longer needed to survive in a learning / work situation.

In Addition:
The clay exercises coupled with balancing exercises help resolve many coordination problems, or left-right confusion, caused by disorientation. These exercises help develop balance and reinforce the student’s ability to control orientation at will.

9. The Davis Method can help solve:
Dysgraphia (handwriting difficulties)
Dyscalculia (math difficulties)
ADD (attention deficit disorder)
Auditory perception deficits
Motor coordination difficulties
Problems with time and order

Catherine Churton

Professional services described as Davis™, Davis Dyslexia Correction®, Davis Symbol Mastery™, Davis Orientation Counselling™, Davis Math Mastery™, Davis Attention Mastery™, Dyslexia the Gift™ and Gift of Dyslexia™ may only be provided by persons who are employed by a licensed Davis Specialist, or who are trained and licensed as Davis Facilitators by
Davis Dyslexia Association International

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