There are specialised programs which focus on the mastering of Reading, Maths, Attention Deficit and Dyspraxia (Balance).
Clients work one-on-one with a facilitator through the entire Davis® Program to help master the challenges of their learning and thinking style and to uncover their strengths. This is accomplished by learning and mastering the use of the Davis® Tools. The client's parent/support person will also be guided through the process so that they can continue supporting the client after the program. Follow-ups with the facilitator are also offered.
The Five Davis Tools
Davis® Orientation Counselling
The Davis® method recognises the disorientation that individuals can experience when they have a learning difference. Orientation counselling is the first step to mastering this disorientation so that they can choose, at will, when they would like to stop it. Being able to disorientate can be extremely useful when a person wants to be creative, but can be a detriment when learning to read. This tool is taught through perceptual and kinesthetic exercises and puts a person in control of their abilities to address reading, maths, attention and balance problems effectively.
Release and Dial-Setting
Individuals with learning difficulties often find that their energy levels fluctuate daily, and this can be a direct obstacle to learning and paying attention. The Release and Dial-Setting tools help individuals take control of their energy levels, and master the ability to exert the necessary amount of energy for the particular activity they are doing.
This tool is a hallmark of the Davis® program which works with the picture (or feeling) oriented mind. Symbol mastery involves making clay models for words, breaking them down into what they look like, what they sound like and what they mean. It starts with mastering common language-based symbols that may be a trigger for disorientation, such as letters, words, numbers and punctuation marks. Dyslexics are pictorial thinkers and often don't have a clear picture in their minds for many words such as 'and', 'was' and 'the' (these are often referred to as the high frequency /abstract words). They struggle to read these words but have no problem reading words such as 'elephant', 'treasure' and 'pirate'.
The purpose of Davis®Symbol Mastery is the elimination of the 'blank picture' that comes from not having a mental picture of the meaning of a word. Once there is a picture, the visual learner is better able to remember the word and hence read it.
Symbol Mastery support site: www.symbolmastery.com
Koosh Ball Exercise
This is a fun and practical way for the client to practice use of their tools and to re-enforce the neurological pathways established through the orientation, release and dial-setting so that clients can learn to stay focused over longer periods of time.
Davis ® Dyslexia Correction
The most common symptom associated with dyslexia is difficulty with reading. This is sometimes wrongly interpreted as laziness on the part of the individual concerned.
Davis® Dyslexia research has demonstrated that dyslexia is a learning difference rather than a learning disability. The main differences between a person with and without dyslexia are twofold - how a person creates thoughts and how a person processes new information. Though each person with dyslexia is unique, the common trait they all share is being a visual spatial/intuitive thinker and a global approach learner.
The Davis® Dyslexia Correction Program is designed for anyone over the age of 8 years old. It is typically a 30 hour program with the client working with the facilitator on a 1:1 basis.
The program puts the dyslexic individual in control by using the strengths of their thinking and learning style to correct their learning difficulties in a creative and fun way. The program uses a visual, meaning based approach to reading, relying on a full understanding of words and concepts rather than rote learning. This leads to improved retention allowing individuals to take control of their own learning. There is nothing wrong with a dyslexic’s brain, it simply works differently.
Davis ® Attention Mastery
Attention Deficit Disorder with or without Hyperactivity is defined as ‘developmentally inappropriate inattention and impulsivity with and without hyperactivity’. People with ADD may struggle with a low self-esteem, troubled relationships and poor performance in school.
ADD/ADHD children /adults are bright, intelligent individuals who are curious about life and their environment, and who are seeking out new ideas and information. They have the ability to disorient easily in order to keep themselves amused. This may present as the person being unable to finish tasks, being easily distracted, losing focus and acting impulsively.
Davis® Attention Mastery Program uses clay models to master the concepts of: self, change, consequence (before, after, cause and effect), time, sequence and disorder/order. The individual quickly sees their environment from a different perspective.
Through re-enactments of various scenarios with clay, the program will build awareness of people and the environment, and will help the individual to retain and control focus, improve social skills, manage time, and manage their own hyperactivity.
Davis ®Maths Mastery Dyscalculia means difficulties with maths.
In a maths problem there are always three pieces of information; two pieces are given, and maths is simply the process of working out the third piece of information.
Individuals who have trouble with maths may also experience difficulty with right/left reversal, maps and sequential instructions, telling time, reading music and physical co-ordination. Individuals who experience dyscalculia experience disorientation. They may also have missed or acquired inaccurate information about some key concepts of maths. Yet, when they are given a method to turn off their disorientation (Davis® Orientation Counselling), and the basic building blocks to maths are shown to them, then they have the tools they need to understand and perform maths. Concepts such as self, change, consequence, time, sequence, and order must be understood prior to effectively learning maths.
The Maths Program is typically 42-45 hours unless the client has already completed the Davis Dyslexia Correction Program, if so the Maths programme is an additional 15-18 hours.
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