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What Sets The Davis Method Apart?

At Learning Ability, we see dyslexia as a result of an inherent mental gift or talent.

People who develop dyslexia think in pictures, rather than words; they are imaginative and creative; and they try to solve problems by looking at the whole picture, rather than working step-by-step. Davis Dyslexia Correction is a strength based approach that harnesses the mental talents that dyslexic people share to overcome their learning problems. To do this, students must use different strategies that are not commonly taught with remedial programs.

Here are 4 strategies that the Davis Method DOES NOT RELY ON:

1 - Instruction based on phonics.

Dyslexic students rely mostly on non-verbal thought processes. Since their primary mode of thought is to rely on pictures or other sensory impressions, they have difficulty thinking with the sounds of words and it is hard to try to read by breaking words down into component sounds. Rather than trying to force students to use a method that is inherently difficult for them, Davis methods teach a visual and meaning-based approach that is much easier for dyslexic people to learn and use. This in turn leads to much more rapid progress than with traditional instruction. Rather than the slow progress and labored reading that often is seen with phonics-based methods, Davis strategies enable dyslexic students to become fluent, capable, and often enthusiastic readers.

2 - Employ repetition or drill.

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 — students are given tools that enable them to master the symbols and concepts that are part of learning. Once mastered, the information is understood inherently and the student does not need to practice or review.

3 - Physical devices such as coloured overlays or large print books. Dyslexia is a developmental learning problem that affects the way that individuals process information. It is not a result of problems with vision or hearing. While some physical devices may seem to make reading or writing easier, the use of such devices does not help the dyslexic student to function normally. Dyslexic students do often experience distortions in perception, but these problems are caused by mental disorientation. It is not a problem with eyes or ears, but rather the way that the brain interprets the input from the sensory organs. With the Davis approach, students learn to recognize disorientation when it occurs, and learn simple techniques to reorient themselves so that they can maintain mental focus and accurately perceive print on a page.

4 - Medications or herbal treatments. The Davis approach puts dyslexic students in control of their own learning, mental focus, and energy level. Since dyslexia is not a disease or a psychiatric ailment, medications will not address the underlying problem, and will only tend to hinder the student’s ability to learn. When dyslexic students recognize their mental talents, they develop a renewed sense of self-esteem and confidence. Progress is very rapid, when they start to employ study methods which capitalize on their talents.


Meet A Famous Dyslexic - Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana is an American actress and dancer. Making her screen debut in an episode of “Law & Order,” she has now made appearances in the “Star Trek” film series and “Avatar.” She also portrays Gamora in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“Rely on those people that really believe in you, and are ready to genuinely listen to you. It does get better. But please speak up.”


Can the Davis Program help with surface dyslexia?

Q: We are in the early phases of learning that our daughter may have surface dyslexia. Is this something that your team deals with? Can you please help me understand what kind of support she would receive from your organization?

A: Surface dyslexia may also be labeled as dyseidetic, visual, or orthographic dyslexia. A person with this type of dyslexia will typically have difficulty with irregular words that do not fit simple or consistent phonetic patterns. A person with surface dyslexia

may have a strong grasp of phonetics and phonetic rules, but struggle with reading and common sight words.

Traditional tutoring-based approaches to dyslexia do not provide the tools needed for surface dyslexia. In many cases, over-emphasis on phonetic strategies will make things worse, and lead to long-term patterns of slow, laborious reading.

The Davis Program is very appropriate for surface dyslexia, as it provides tools to stabilize visual perception, build left-to-right visual tracking skills, and build the ability to retain mental imagery of letter sequence and order. Because the Davis approach gives individuals the ability to accurately perceive and learn whole words, progress can be made very rapidly.


Season’s Greetings & Happy Festivus!

From all of us at Learning Ability, we hope the holiday season is peaceful and joyous

for you and your families.


Since 2007, Learning Ability has created individualized solutions for children and adults who struggle with attention, reading, math, social issue or interpersonal skills.

If learning is a problem, we have your solution.

Program Overview

One of the greatest assets of the Davis™ method is the understanding that a learning disability is a learning difference, as well as a gift. At Learning Ability this means that the unique abilities of the person taking the program are understood.

We see the potential, and work with our clients to overcome and master the disorienting aspects of their lives.

There are 4 specialized programs which focus on the mastering of Reading, Math, Attention and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Clients work one-on-one with a Licensed Davis™ Facilitator through the entire program to help master their challenges.

Call today to book your free initial consultation to learn more about how we can help!

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