Frequently Asked Questions


Q) How does this program differ from others?

A) This program addresses the root cause of learning disabilities by using the natural strengths of the individual's thinking and learning style. It is fun. Many other programs address only the symptoms and involve a lot of repetition (which dyslexics often find boring and tedious).

Q) How does the program affect a person's self-esteem?

A) Improvement in self-esteem is usually seen in the first few days of the program as the person begins to experience success with learning for the first time.

Q) What can I or my child expect to gain?

A) The basic tools of literacy, including: 

  • The ability to recognize and correct disorientations at will    
  • The ability to focus attention    
  • The knowledge of how to eliminate confusions in words and symbols    
  • Increased self-confidence and ability in reading, writing, math, or physical skills    
  • A method of learning that can be used throughout life. Other remediation programs will work better and faster with these tools.

Q) Can your method help solve other learning problems?

A) Yes. Here are a few examples: 

  • Dysgraphia (handwriting difficulties)
  • Dyscalculia (math difficulties)
  • ADD (attention deficit disorder)
  • Auditory perception deficits
  • Motor coordination difficulties
  • Problems with time and order

Q) What happens during this program?

A) These are the basic procedures:

  1. Davis Perceptual Ability Assessment. A screening to determine the ability to perceive multi-dimensionally and tailor the program to the student.
  2. Davis Orientation Counseling®. The client learns to perceive accurately and correct perceptions at will. This is done through the perceptual and kinesthetic exercises described in The Gift of Dyslexia.
  3. Davis Symbol Mastery®. Picture thinkers learn best through a visual/spatial approach. Our clients learn the basic symbols of reading and writing by creating the alphabet and other symbols as clay models. Abstract words are mastered by creating the concept of each meaning in clay along with the word.

Q) Why do you say "correct" instead of "cure?"

A) Cure implies a malady or ill health (mental or physical). "Correct" means to remove errors and mistakes to make right.

Q) Who can receive Davis Orientation Counseling?

A) Adults and children 8 years and older who are gifted with dyslexia. Each client must be willing and motivated to pursue the program for self-improvement, not because someone else insists.

Q) What happens after the program?

A) The client should master the entire list of 217 "trigger words" (see The Gift of Dyslexia). This is completed in short tutoring sessions with the parent or tutor over several months. These techniques can be used to master any word, concept or subject. Follow-up support is also included as part of the program. This consists of:

  • Student Symbol Mastery Kit (includes manual, dictionary, grammar book, clay and other study aids)
  • Training for a tutor, teacher or family members
  • Telephone consultations
  • Up to three return visits as needed