Key Components: Orientation Counseling and Symbol Mastery

How It Works

There are two steps necessary to dyslexia corrections:

  1. Turn off disorientation (the mental confusion) and
  2. Correct misperceptions made while confusion was present.

The two major components of the Davis Dyslexia Correction program are Orientation Counseling and Symbol Mastery.

Davis Orientation Counseling® teaches dyslexic individuals how to recognize and control the mental state that leads to distorted and confused perceptions of letters, words and numerals. Through a simple technique, the students learn to turn off the thought processes that cause misperceptions and place their minds in a relaxed and focused state, suitable for reading and other studies. Once Orientation is learned, the student is ready to build the conceptual skills that will allow them to overcome problems
stemming from dyslexia.

Davis Symbol Mastery® gives dyslexic students the ability to think with symbols and words, so they can learn to read easily and with full comprehension. Using clay, students first work with the alphabet, numerals, and punctuation marks, to make sure that they have an accurate perception and understanding of these symbols. Students then use clay to model the trigger words–the short abstract words, frequently encountered in reading, such as and, the, to, or it. These words cause problems when dyslexic students cannot form a mental picture to go along with them. Through Symbol Mastery, the student makes a three-dimensional clay model of the meaning of each word, together with a model of the letters of the words. With this approach, learning is permanent.

For more information, here is a PDF of 37 Common Characteristics of Dyslexia.

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