Davis Dyslexia Correction Program

What is an effective intervention program?
This is the Davis Dyslexia Correction Program®, developed by Ron Davis in the USA and now used in many countries throughout the world. The Davis Program caters not only for students who have difficulties in reading, but also has programs to address issues with handwriting, mathematics and attention disorder. There is also an age-appropriate adaptation of this program for 5-8 year olds called the Davis Young Learner Program.

What does a Davis Program involve?
Your facilitator is able to provide a program suitably tailored to the client’s needs and goals. Each program is structured and intended to be completed over five consecutive days – a total of 25 to 30 hours.

The reading program is composed of two parts: Davis Orientation Counselling™ corrects the perceptual distortions and Davis Symbol Mastery™ corrects the symptoms of dyslexia.

Davis Orientation Counselling consists of a precise sequence of processes which utilize imagination, creativity and balance. These processes enable the dyslexic to establish a stable reference point for mental perception. When confused, the dyslexic tends to automatically move his reference point in an effort to recognise something. This moving of the reference point is what causes disorientations and the accompanying false sensory perceptions associated with dyslexia. When a stable reference point is established and used to perceive from, perceptions become accurate, consistent and in agreement with reality.

Once the dyslexic person has control over disorientations and false sensory perceptions, there still remains one factor to address: the original confusion about the symbol that started the symptom producing sequence.

A disorientation sequence is triggered by an encounter with an unrecognized symbol that is sufficiently confusing to exceed the threshold for confusion. If we remove the confusion from the symbol, the disorientation sequence does not occur.

To remove the confusion from a symbol (letter, number, word), the client does Davis Symbol Mastery. This is a sequenced procedure whereby the client objectively creates the elements of a symbol as his/her own – what the symbol looks like, sounds like and means. The client is required to create and experience an association of these three elements so that it will no longer confuse the person, trigger disorientation or require a compulsive solution.

As more and more of the confusing symbols are mastered, disorientations cease to occur during reading and the compulsive solutions begin to disappear.

Compulsive solutions:
After a dyslexic has gone through the sequence of confusion, disorientation, false sensory perceptions, assimilation of incorrect data, mistake, emotional reaction, and frustration a great many times, he or she will create or adopt coping procedures and behaviours to prevent future similar occurrences. These coping procedures and behaviours are in effect solutions for the confusions which triggered the whole sequence in the first place. Because these solutions are connected to the survival and sanity of the individual, they become compulsive.
It is the compulsive force contained in these “solutions” that prevents the normal learning process from occurring and therefore creates the disability aspect of dyslexia. The solutions can be in any and every form imaginable; however, they will always manifest themselves as methods of learning, doing or knowing something.

BENEFITS of the Davis Program

  • The student will know how to learn in a way that suits his/her learning style.
  • The student’s self-esteem is enhanced as he/she understands this learning style and feels successful through the progress made in a short period of time.
  • The student takes home all the materials needed to continue with the follow-up work.
  • Your Davis Facilitator supports you, the parent, while you support your child.
  • There’s one flat fee for the whole service, however long that takes.


  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.