Dyslexia – help4u — Central Otago: key to your learning style

Davis Dyslexia Correction®

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The Davis Dyslexia Correction Programme offers individuals a way to mentally focus so appropriate information is absorbed. Future confusions that arise can then be addressed and the symbol mastered in clay. The training up of a support person to aid with the follow up words, ensures help to understand the words to be mastered and permanently eliminates them as triggers.

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.

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 the skills necessary to achieve their personal learning goals.

Davis Orientation Counselling

This is achieved by giving the student a mental ‘on-off’ switch which enables students to control all of their senses (perception). With practise 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 Counselling is to give the student the ability to consciously control their perception when it acts as a barrier to reading, writing, spelling or maths and succeed in a traditional educational / work setting.

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 an ideal medium for creativity.
Punctuation marks are mastered in the same way, with full understanding of how they are used as ‘road signs’ in reading.

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.

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To overcome this, Symbol Mastery uses all three components of what a word consists of:

By using a dictionary we get a clear definition of the word's meaning. We then talk through 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.

Three Step Reading

Spell-reading, Sweep-sweep-spell and picture-at-punctuation allow left to right scanning, enables the reader to recognize letter groups as words and ensures full comprehension of what the text says through picturing it.

Support Training

Support training is an essential part of the programme. A family member, tutor or friend is taught the basic Symbol Mastery methods and reading exercises. They are 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.

The Outcome of the Davis Dyslexia Correction Programme:

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As a result the client has:

Once orientation is established, and confusion eliminated from the written symbol, the coping strategies that the individual developed over time 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.

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The Davis Method can help solve:


“Everything is so much clearer and I can see how the concepts have allowed me to understand time. I always had trouble being on time, getting things done on time and procrastinating! Now I realise how much I let others down by putting everything off. I have taken on the job as chairperson for our local swimming pool, I am hoping to organise all aspects much better.”
~ 37 year old male

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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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