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"Dyslexia, The Gift"

The Davis Dyslexia Correction® Program


The first step is an assessment to determine if the program will meet the goals of the client and if the client is motivated to do the program. It includes a perceptual ability assessment to determine if the client possesses the ability to perceive multi-dimensionally and a symptoms profile. Any questions are answered at this time. The assessment usually takes about 2 hours. 


The first stage of The Davis Dyslexia Correction® Program is a five consecutive days one-to-one intensive course. The program usually runs from Monday until Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. with an hour off from 12 until 1 for lunch. On the Friday afternoon the support person who is going to help the client with the trigger word list is trained. The second stage is the home study program when the list of trigger words is mastered. This program benefits individuals eight years and older. ( For early learners ages 5-7 the Davis™ Reading Program for Young Learners is available.) The main components of the program are:

  • Davis Orientation CounselingSM
    Clients are given training to enable them to mentally turn off disorientation. Being oriented turns off the confusion so the symbols that are causing the confusion in the first place can be identified and mastered with Symbol Mastery.
  • Davis Symbol MasterySM
    Our clients, because they are picture thinkers, learn best through a visual-spatial approach.
    The creative process, employing clay, is used to master the alphabet and punctuation.

  • Word Mastery
    The three parts of a word, what it looks like, what it sounds like, and what it means are created in clay after first looking up the word in a dictionary. The client begins to master the trigger words, abstract words which have no picture, which are common to most dyslexics. These are continued later at home.

  • Coordination Training
    Kinesthetic and balancing exercises help resolve many coordination problems or left-right confusion.

  • Reading Exercises
    It is not natural for picture thinkers to track the letters from left to right. They want to look at the words all at once.
    To help our clients become better readers we use three Davis Reading exercises: Spell-Reading, Sweep-Sweep-Spell and Picture-At-Punctuation. These exercises help the client to track from left to right, decode and comprehend written material.

  • Parent/Tutor Training
    A family member or tutor is taught how to support the client after the Program and how to assist with the Symbol Mastery of the trigger words.

Follow Up Support

Follow up support is also part of the program, including:
•Davis Symbol Mastery Kit (includes manual, dictionary, grammar book, clay and other study aids)
•6 hours of follow up
•unlimited telephone consultations

Davis Program Standards: https://davismethod.org/docs/Davis_Program_Standards.pdf

Davis Program Questions and Answers: https://davismethod.org/docs/Davis_Program_FAQ.pdf

Copyright© 1998-2003 by Davis Dyslexia Association International-8/25/03 revision.


Professional services described as Davis®, Davis Dyslexia Correction®, Davis Symbol Mastery®, Davis Orientation Counseling®, Davis Math Mastery® and Davis Learning Strategies® 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.