“When someone masters something, it becomes part of that person. It becomes part of the individual's thought and creative process. It adds the quality of its essence to all subsequent thought and creativity of the individual.” ~ Ronald D. Davis
The Davis approach to working with dyslexia is based on the principle that dyslexic strengths and weaknesses share the same root — the dyslexic thinking style. Some educators continue to focus on the difficulties experienced by dyslexic people, such as processing the sounds of letters and words and try to correct the problem through repetition and drill. By contrast, Davis Facilitators focus on what people with dyslexia can do — think in three dimensional images — and use this natural talent to help them learn.For dyslexia to exist, three traits will be present. The individual will have:
The first step is to give the learner strategies to become and remain focused. These are simple visual and kinesthetic exercises.
Davis Orientation Counselling™
This gives the individual the ability to manage and control their perception — they will be able to “correct” their perception. Orientation Counselling is the essential first step for the individual to gain positive control over their perception. Once their perception is “corrected”, they will then be able to effectively address and eliminate the reasons for confusion.
The second step is to enable the learner to deal with those things that have triggered the disorientation in the first place. This includes thoroughly mastering the alphabet, punctuation symbols and other symbols that cause confusion.
Davis Symbol Mastery™
For a dyslexic individual, certain symbols such as words, letters, numbers and punctuation, consistently cause confusion. By creating the alphabet and other symbols in clay, the individual is able to “master” the sources of the confusion. Symbol Mastery is an effective learning tool as it utilises the individual's strengths, creativity and picture-thinking.
Orientation Counselling corrects the perception; Symbol Mastery corrects the dyslexia.
Orientation Counselling and Symbol Mastery together with other tools and exercises enable the individual to identify and control confusion, address and eliminate the the sources of confusion and allow a relaxed state of focus to be used for learning.
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.
All programmes give an individual the skills and tools they need to overcome learning difficulties, restore self-esteem and progress in the mainstream of education and employment.
Contact Dyslexia Workshop – call Ann Cook on 0272 855926 or complete the contact form.
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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