Learning Beyond the Classroom
Dyslexia - Maths - AD/HD
Professional services described as Davis®, including Davis® Dyslexia Correction, Davis® Symbol Mastery, Davis® Orientation Counseling, Davis® Attention Mastery, Davis® Math Mastery, and Davis® Reading Program for Young Learners may only be provided by persons who are trained and licensed as Davis Facilitators or Specialists by Davis Dyslexia Association International.
3 SIMPLE STEPS
1. INITIAL ASSESSMENT
I will conduct a short assessment that will establish your, or your childs strengths and any areas that might need addressing. (Usually 2 hours with the parents present if a child).
Call me on 078 234 71801 to make your booking.
2. BESPOKE PROGRAMME
The student will then have one-to-one sessions with me, a fully qualified and licensed facilitator. In most cases, the program lasts for about 30 hours and is usually given on 5 consecutive days.
By the end of the week the child will have learned to use the Davis tools. They will know what is meant by ‘You need to concentrate.’ They will have learned how to stay focused, how to read with fluency and have sound comprehension. They might also appear calmer, more in control and more confident.
3. ON-GOING SUPPORT
Once the program is finished, follow-up work will be necessary. For this to happen, a support person will be shown how you or your child can be supported in order for the newly acquired skills to be mastered and embedded. If you do not have a support person, arrangements can be made for me to support you.
At all times, the facilitator can be asked for help and support if and when problems arise.
A PROFESSIONAL DAVIS FACILITATOR AT YOUR SERVICE
Why is it important to learn to read, or be able to add or subtract, or know what energy level to have when meeting people for the first time? Maybe you or your child have never really thought about it but, instead wondered why it is difficult for you to make friends or be on the same wavelength as co-workers. Maybe you’ve learnt strategies to hide the fact that reading, numbers or other people confuse you. As a teacher with over 20 years’ experience, I often come across children and adults who really struggle with the basic things in life, yet everyone else seems to just ‘get it.’ Then I discovered Davis. Davis programmes offer real solutions for people just like you or your child who feel they have struggled with learning their whole life. I provide an holistic approach in a friendly environment, which empowers you to take control, have less anxiety and feel you can. You or your child will see improvements quickly, feel more confident and be much less confused.
Call me today to see what I can do for you.
TOO CLEVER TO BE DYSLEXIC
Dyslexia is not tied to measurements of intelligence. In fact, dyslexia is commonly associated with above-average intelligence. That’s why parents and teachers are often baffled when a child who is obviously smart and capable struggles with reading, writing, maths, social relationships and/or organisational skills.
But parents are often obstructed when seeking help for their child in school. When they raise questions about their child’s struggles, they are often told that their child is “too clever” to have dyslexia. Sometimes even when the child is tested for learning difficulties, the result is that the child doesn’t test badly enough to qualify for services.
The parents might be told that their child is lazy, or just needs to try harder; or problems with academics may be mistakenly given other labels, such as Attention Deficit or or a behavioral disorder.
These statements are based on misinformation and can be harmful and discouraging to the child – who is probably working as hard as they know how. However, in a school setting, they can also reflect a sad reality: the “twice gifted” child is probably a poor match for the special educational services available at the school, which may be geared to children who are much less capable. In fact, bright dyslexic children placed in special education settings usually fare worse over time than their counterparts who were given no support at all.
Fortunately, a formal diagnosis is not needed in order to get help. These hard-to-diagnose children progress very quickly when introduced to Davis tools and concepts.
They can quickly learn and embrace the Davis mental self-regulation skills. With the self-understanding and elimination of perceptual barriers that comes with a Davis program, these children often experience rapid and remarkable gains. Once a Davis programme has been completed, many are reading above their age level and are able to effectively apply their newly acquired skills to excel in school or the work place.
WHAT SETS DAVIS METHODS APART?
We view dyslexia as a result of an inherent mental gift or talent.
Davis believes that dyslexia and similar learning differences like dyscalculia, AD/HD, dyspraxia and dysgraphia, stem from innate patterns of thinking and learning that are associated with high levels of creativity, strong problem-solving and three-dimensional thinking abilities.
Davis methods teach a visual and meaning-based approach that is much easier for struggling but bright learners to grasp and use. This in turn leads to much more rapid progress than with traditional instruction.
Dyslexic students have a hard time remembering things that they do not fully understand. Repetition and drill are a waste of time and increase frustration because they will not retain information unless they understand where it fits into the “big picture”. The Davis approach is based on mastery. Once mastered, the information is understood inherently and the student does not need to practice or review.
The Davis approach puts these students in control of their own learning, mental focus, and energy level and when dyslexic students recognise their mental talents, they develop a renewed sense of self-esteem and confidence. When they start to employ study methods which capitalise on their talents, progress is very rapid.
I will teach you or your son or daughter how to learn using their inherent gifts.
HOW DID DAVIS METHODS COME ABOUT?
Ron Davis, himself a severely dyslexic adult, figured out how to ‘correct’ his own dyslexia before he ever came up with any theories about how to help others.
Until the age of 38, he had always accepted the official pronouncements of the experts who had diagnosed him as mentally retarded. Although he had a measured IQ of 160, he understood that he would never be able to read or write without an arduous struggle, because there was something terribly wrong with his brain.
Then he noticed that sometimes his dyslexia got worse. An engineer by training, he reasoned that if he could figure out how to make his dyslexia worse, he might somehow stumble on the key to making it better.
His first clue came from his artwork — he realised that when he was at his artistic best, he was at his dyslexic worst.
So he locked himself in a hotel room, and practiced making his dyslexia worse. Then he worked on making it better. After three days, a moment arrived when the letters on the hotel room guest card suddenly became legible to him. Stunned that the letters were all the same size, and that there were spaces between the words, he went to a public library, picked up the book ‘Treasure Island’ from the shelves, sat down, and read the book cover to cover before the library closed that day.
This was not the solution to dyslexia, but it was the beginning of a journey. Davis shared his ideas with others, discovering to his surprise that most of his artist friends were also dyslexic, and through a trial-and-error approach developed a reliable method for helping others to overcome their own dyslexia. About a year later, he opened his first reading clinic.
History of Davis Methods (© 2016 DDAI; Used with Permission) [Permission is also granted for use of the image with this article]
HOW CAN I HELP YOU?
You do not need to have had a diagnosis to have a Davis® programme.
This is an opportunity for you to question me about Davis® techniques and methods to see if the programme is right for you. I will also ask a series of questions designed for me to make an assessment of which programe would best suit and the course of action to take. I'll show you how to make a Davis® model of a person out of plasticine, how to make 'ropes' as we need a lot during the programme and generally chat about your concerns and expectations. A typical consultation is about 2 - 3 hours.
DAVIS® DYSLEXIA CORRECTION
The Davis® Dyslexia Correction program is suitable for children age 8 and over, and adults of any age. Licensed Davis providers have successfully worked with many individuals over age 70. I will facilitate you through a series of activities designed to help you manage your disorientations caused by dyslexia.
DAVIS ® MATH MASTERY
Davis® Math Mastery provides tools to correct problems with learning maths. These learning problems are sometimes called dyscalculia and can often accompany dyslexia and ADHD symptoms.The Davis Maths programme is designed for those with little or no conceptual understanding. It addresses basic skills and understanding, forming a sold base to build new concepts on to. The program is appropriate for children age 8 and over, and adults of any age.
DAVIS ® ATTENTION MASTERY
Davis® Attention Mastery provides effective tools to help adults and children age 8 and over to address attention, behavioural, or organisational difficulties. The Davis approach gives individuals the tools to control their attention focus and energy level without reliance on drugs or nutritional supplements. These simple mental techniques can be learned quickly, without reliance on specialised equipment or gimmicks.
DAVIS ® READING PROGRAM FOR YOUNG LEARNERS
The Davis® Reading Program for Young Learners is an individualised learning enhancement program. During the program, I will work directly with your child, and at the same time provide hands-on training and guidance to either you or another responsible adult.
The program goal is to give children aged 5-8 the best possible start at the outset of their learning career.
Young Learner kits can also be purchased through me for you to work with your child at home. Contact me for more information.
Dyspraxia is sometimes called ‘clumsy child syndrome.’ The child or adult with dyspraxia may be chronically clumsy or accident-prone. The dyspraxic individual also has poor motor skills. For example, a child may have great difficulty holding a pencil and struggle tremendously with writing. Because of poor motor co-ordination, the child may also find it virtually impossible to learn to ride a bike, or to catch a ball.
Davis has found the Orientation procedure to be very helpful with dyspraxia. The ‘koosh ball’ excercise that accompanies Fine Tuning is particularly helpful to the individual with problems with large motor skills, balance, or hand/eye coordination. Orientation resolves the perceptual problems which underly many symptoms of dyspraxia. Many individuals report after doing Orientation that it is the first time in their lives they have felt ‘in balance’ rather than somehow being off-center.
Davis views dyslexia as being a manifestation of a nonverbal thinking style. Most dyslexics can be described as visual-spatial thinkers. They think well using mental imagery, but have difficulty with some aspect of symbolic thinking, such as working with words and numbers.
These problems have another name – dysgraphia. Some educators prefer to label each problem differently and simply treat the symptoms, through tutoring or occupational therapy.
The Davis approach is different: we look at the underlying learning style, and focus on eliminating the barriers. We find that some of the underlying barriers are the same for those who can read well but have problems with writing as they are for those who can’t read at all.
When we look at the underlying thought process, we can understand how a child can have a dyslexic thinking style but also be a good reader. Being able to recognise written words in a book is a different matter than being able to produce them on your own, and people who think in pictures can have a very hard time putting their thoughts into words.
When a person fits that category, a Davis program will help overcome writing difficulties.
ADULTS AND DYSLEXIA
The methods described in the book The Gift of Dyslexia were originally developed for adults. Ron Davis was 38 when he made the initial discoveries that allowed him to read a book from cover to cover for the first time in his life. He then conducted his early research and experiments with adult dyslexic volunteers.
Why is the Davis Program a great fit for adults?
The Program is facilitated one-on-one and is designed to meet your specific goals and areas for improvement.
The Davis Program is a one-week, intensive program – no weekly visits!
Follow-up work is done independently – on your schedule and with no extra expense.
The program provides tools for focus, mental clarity, stress-management, energy-level management and skills that will ease reading difficulties.
The Davis Dyslexia Correction® program helps people with these characteristics every day.
The disabling aspects of dyslexia are correctable and can be overcome.
I was skeptical at first. Installing tools? What did it all mean, but as the programme went on it made more sense and became clearer. We've got our son back, and I couldn't be more proud.
FREE ONLINE SCREENING FOR DYSLEXIA
This free, secure and confidential screening assessment will give a profile of learning strengths and weaknesses, including a measure of severity of symptoms.
Your answers are confidential. You do not need to provide any personal information to complete the assessment.
You can answer the questions for yourself, or you can use this evaluation as a way of learning more about the learning profile of a member of your family or a student you are working with.
Your results will be printed on screen as soon as you finish answering the questions. You will have an opportunity to print out your results at the end of the assessment.
Professional services described as Davis®, Davis Dyslexia Correction®, Davis Symbol Mastery®, Davis Orientation Counseling®, and Davis Math Mastery® may only be provided by persons who are trained and licensed by Davis Dyslexia Association International.
Davis theories and Philosophies
If you would like to find out more information about Davis, here are a few texts and links to purchase the books.
The Gift of Dyslexia
by Ronald D Davis
Here at last is a book that brings real help to people who have dyslexia.
The Gift of Learning
by Ronald D Davis
In the Gift of Learning, Davis applies his proven techniques to the four most common learning disabilities beyond dyslexia:
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Maths deficiency (dyscalculia and acalculia)
Handwriting Problems (dysgraphia and agraphia)
Why Tyranosaurus but Not If
by Richard Whitehead
'My child can read the word tyrannosaurus, but when it comes to words like if, they cannot. Why?'
This is a book of know-how about dyslexia that empower teachers, parents and dyslexics alike. Compelling insights into the workings of the dyslexic mind are coupled with proven practical strategies based on Davis techniques.
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