The Davis™ program works alongside the dyslexic’s natural learning style providing a proven method for permanent learning. As a licensed Davis facilitator, I work with learners individually and a typical program will take around 30 hours of one to one guided work.
An initial assessment is carried out to assess strengths, weaknesses and to establish goals for the program. The client will then be guided through a program tailored to the particular needs.
The first step is to give the client strategies to become and remain focused. These are simple
visual and kinesthetic exercises. Gradually the learner becomes aware of moments of confusion as they occur and learns to focus automatically whenever it is needed.
The second step is to enable the learner to deal with those things that have triggered the confusion in the first place. This includes thoroughly mastering the alphabet, punctuation symbols and other symbols that cause confusion.
The third step in correcting a student’s dyslexia is to replace the pictures that are missing or that cause confusion. The trigger words (the non visual words) are mastered using clay, to create all three parts of the word: what it looks like (spelling), what it sounds like (pronunciation) and what it means (its picture).
The combination of accurate perception and the elimination of confusion leads to improvements in areas such as reading, spelling, handwriting and, most importantly, self esteem and confidence.
After the initial program it is important that the client continues with the follow up work either at home or with a tutor.
Each day, clients should continue with the koosh ball exercises, the reading techniques and ideally some mastery work with clay – the clay work does not necessarily need to be done daily but time must be set aside at least once a week to master the list of trigger words.
The following programs are available: