The two major components of the Davis® Dyslexia Correction program are Orientation Counseling and Symbol Mastery. Davis Dyslexia Correction always includes both of these components.
Davis Orientation Counseling® teaches dyslexic students how to recognize and control the mental state that leads to distorted and confused perceptions of letters, words and numerals. Through a simple mental technique, the students learn to turn off the thought processes that cause misperceptions. Instead, they are able to restore their minds to a relaxed and focused state, suitable for reading and other studies. Once Orientation is learned, the student is ready to build the conceptual skills that will allow them to overcome problems stemming from dyslexia.
Davis Symbol Mastery® gives dyslexic students the ability to think with symbols and words, so they can learn to read easily and with full comprehension. Using clay, students first work with the alphabet, numerals, and punctuation marks, to make sure that they have an accurate perception and understanding of these symbols.
Students then use clay to model the trigger words--the short abstract words, frequently encountered in reading, such as and, the, to, or it. These words cause problems when dyslexic students cannot form a mental picture to go along with them. Through Symbol Mastery, the student makes a three-dimensional clay model of the meaning of each word, together with a model of the letters of the words. With this approach, learning is permanent.
From Dyslexia the Gift web site, www.dyslexia.com
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All of the components of the Davis Dyslexia Correction Program overview above are covered when we work with our adult clients. However, there are some key factors that make the Davis program an excellent fit for adults:
1) The Program is facilitated one-on-one and is designed to meet your specific goals and areas for improvement.
2) The Davis Program is a one-week, intensive program - no weekly visits!
3) Follow-up work is done independently - on your schedule, in your own home, and with no extra expense!
4) It provides tools for focus, mental clarity, stress-management, energy-level management and skills that will ease reading difficulties.
The Davis Program is empowering and enables adults to release life-long blocks that have held them back in many areas. Here is what a recent adult client had to say after completing the program:
This makes me feel like I have ownership over my dyslexia. It’s not just something that is happening to me. Learning symbol mastery has made what I can do with it limitless. There are so many things I could learn better with this.I have a process now to handle language. I finally have a tool that makes me feel like I know that I can use this to help myself. Before, I felt like there was nothing that could help me, that it would always be terrible. Now I feel like there’s something that I can do to make me better and better everyday. From a stress level and a confidence level, it’s like night and day. It’s a great weight off my shoulders. The biggest thing for me is that I have something that’s mine now. I don’t need to try to be somebody else.
ADD/ADHD is typically defined by deficits in attention, behavioral difficulties, and inappropriate energy levels in various situations. Children and adults with ADD/ADHD often have trouble focusing and following through on tasks, because they are actually paying attention to many things at once. Equipped with the Davis tools, clients are taught how to self-monitor:
More information on the Davis® Attention Mastery Program for ADD/ADHD (external link)
Math difficulties can be incredibly frustrating for everyone involved. Dyscalculia, the word used to describe "math dyslexia" is actually very common.
In addition to obtaining the Orientation techniques that all Davis programs provide, clients of the Davis Math Mastery program master concepts that are critical to understanding math, using the Davis Concept Mastery techniques. Some of these concepts include:
Using clay, clients then look at math fundamentals, including:
The Davis Reading Program for Young Learners is designed for "at risk" children ages 5-7 years old. This parent-coached program prepares children with the essential tools to learn to focus and create solid foundations for learning language. Because parents are involved, they learn how best to help their children learn the fundamentals of reading, writing, and spelling into the future.
More information on the Davis® Reading Program for Young Learners (external link)