The Davis® methods use the individual's natural talent of Perceptual Ability and of Mastery to overcome obstacles to learning. These talents are what dyslexics share with the dyslexic geniuses you often see listed. Ron Davis states that:
dyslexics don't all develop the same gifts but they do have certain mental functions in common, Here are the basic abilities dyslexics share-
1. They can utilize the brain's ability to alter and create perceptions (the primary ability)
2. They are highly aware of the environment
3. They are more curious than average
4. They think mainly in pictures [or feelings] instead of words
5. They are highly intuitive and insightful
6. They think and perceive multidimensionally (using all senses)
7. They can experience thought as reality
8. They have vivid imaginations...
...Dyslexia is the result of a perceptual talent. In some situations, the talent becomes a liability. The individual doesn’t realize this is happening because use of the talent has become integrated into the thought process.
People think in both verbal [words/monologue] and nonverbal modes [pictures/feelings/senses], but being human, we have a tendency to specialize. Each person will practice one mode as his primary mode of thinking and the other as a secondary mode.
During the period when the learning disability aspect of dyslexia is formed, between the ages of three and thirteen, the potential dyslexic must be primarily a nonverbal thinker – a person who thinks in pictures.
So if we accept that dyslexics are visual-spatial thinkers it may help you to see why the Davis® dyslexia method DOES NOT follow the PHONICS (word sounding) approach. A typical phonics approach does not address all 3 parts of the word that are so critical for a dyslexic learner - it does not give the all important MEANING (or picture/sense) of the word, focussing on the spelling and the pronunciation alone are simply not enough!
Memory and Cognition:
Math and Time Management:
Hearing and Speech:
Behavior, Health, Development, and Personality:
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.