A Davis Programme is a one-to-one, explorative experience that enables children and adults who learn differently to:
– discover their natural thinking and learning strengths
– acquire tailored tools and techniques that make learning easy.
Programmes available from Davis Dyslexia Facilitators are:
Additionally, all our Dyslexia Facilitators are trained and experienced in working with coordination, handwriting and auditory processing difficulties.
What To Expect: Davis Dyslexia Programme Standards.
Programmes available from Davis Autism Approach Facilitators and Coaches are:
The Davis Difference
Here are a few ways in which a Davis Programme differs from other approaches to learning differences.
The Davis "Gift" Philosophy
Davis Facilitators see learning differences as rooted in perceptual talent. We approach dyslexic, ADHD and autistic thinking in a spirit of respect and enquiry.
No Drill or Repetition
If the same information needs to be presented again and again, this is a sign that the learning process itself is flawed. Learning in Davis Programmes is based on the concept of mastery. Mastery is a single, high-quality learning experience that draws richly from the learner's own creativity. Mastery is permanent, experiential learning.
No Drugs or Duress
Davis Facilitators do not place limits on a dyslexic, ADHD or autistic individual's innate ability to learn. Unlocking hidden learning potential requires commitment, flexibility, tenacity, a listening and questioning attitude, and empathy. Dyslexic, ADHD and autistic individuals are drawn into a Davis Programme through the repeated experience of incremental success. Forcing an individual to learn against their will is counter to our philosophy. And medications that suppress an individual's natural way of thinking can get in the way of helping an individual discover their intrinsic ability to learn.
Another Way to Read
Traditional reading teaching centres around either whole-word reading or phonic instruction. The Davis approach to reading is neither. Dyslexics tend to be visual-spatial thinkers; their greatest learning tool is their imagination. To learn to read, dyslexics need to experience three realities:
- every written word is a sequence of letters
- every word has a sound (can be spoken)
- every word has a meaning.
The Davis approach to reading combines these three realities in a unified learning experience. Dyslexics find traditional reading teaching hard. They find our methods easy.
Autism: An Earlier Starting Point
Autistic individuals typically struggle with many aspects of social interaction. Yet to focus on "teaching" social interaction in isolation is a mistake. Autistic individuals take a different path through key childhood developmental phases than do non-autistic individuals. This different path can produce unusual talents but can also lead to challenges around:
- recording and categorising new experiences
- processing cause and effect
- experiencing the flow of time
- creating order in a physical environment.
The Davis Autism Approach utilises creativity, exploration, and a unique way of stimulating the autistic mind to fill in these missing pieces. Once these are in place, an autistic individual can become fluent at interpreting, predicting and managing social interactions, without the need to rote-learn set behaviours and responses.