|Ron Davis with Davis facilitator colleagues|
The approach incorporates many of Ron Davis's tried and trusted methods which have been used successfully worldwide over the past 28 years assisting those with learning differences including dyslexia and AD(H)D. Ron Davis has been working successfully with autistic individuals throughout this time and has now made this work accessible to others through the Davis Autism Approach®.
The founder of the Davis® courses, Ron Davis, is himself dyslexic and autistic. His background is worth sharing to provide some insight into the development of the Davis® courses.
A summary is reproduced with permission, as it appears on the website, www.davisautism.com:
‘Born deeply autistic, Davis endured daily abuse at home and was labeled mentally retarded at school. Then, against all the odds, he somehow emerged from a void of isolation into the real world around the age of nine. By the time he was seventeen, his IQ tested at 137. At age seventeen, speech therapy made it possible for Ron to speak coherently, but sadly he was still unable to read because he was also severely dyslexic. He remained functionally illiterate until the age of thirty-eight and even though he achieved success as an engineer and businessman in that time, he was hiding from everyone around him the fact that he could neither read nor write.
Then, in 1981, he performed an experiment on his own perceptions that profoundly changed the way he experienced reality. This seminal breakthrough enabled him to correct and control the involuntary perceptual distortions which were at the root of his dyslexia. For the first time in his life, he was able to read a book, cover to cover, without struggling.
Wishing to investigate his personal success in overcoming his life-long reading problem, he experimented with several dyslexic adults who experienced similar immediate relief from their dyslexic symptoms. In 1982, with the help of educational psychologist, Dr Fatima Ali, he researched and developed an intensive one-week counseling program for correcting dyslexia in adults and children, and opened the doors of the Reading Research Council in Burlingame, California. He hasn’t looked back since.
Davis’s training methods are known as Davis Dyslexia Correction. In 1994, he wrote and published The Gift of Dyslexia to answer the continuous demand from parents and educators for a book detailing the Davis Dyslexia Correction methods. By spring of 1995 it was published in English, French, German, Dutch and Spanish. Today, it is published in 18 languages. In 2003, he wrote and published The Gift of Learning about his methods for correcting math (dyscalculia), handwriting (dysgraphia), and attention (ADD) difficulties.
Ron and Alice Davis founded Davis Dyslexia Association International (DDAI) in September 1995. Its goals are to increase worldwide awareness about the positive aspects of dyslexia and related learning difficulties and to present methods for improving literacy. DDAI is accomplishing these goals through Ron Davis’ lecture tours, professional workshops for teachers and therapists, certification and licensing programs, its website www.dyslexia.com and its quarterly newsletter, The Dyslexic Reader. Today, there are more than 400 licensed Davis Facilitators worldwide providing Davis Dyslexia Correction, Math Mastery and Attention Mastery Programs in 33 languages and 44 nations.
Ron’s work with addressing autism began in 1982. Among the dyslexic clients who came to the Reading Research Council, there were also often children and adults with Asperger’s and other autism spectrum characteristics. The successes these individuals experienced using the Davis methods began his quest to develop a standardized program for addressing autism.
In February 2008, he released the Davis Autism Approach Programme and began training Davis Facilitators in its delivery. In October 2008, Davis Autism International (DAI) was established to take his work further. More information about DAI can be found at www.davisautism.com.
Nurturing the Seed of Genius
Ron Davis designed the autism program with the understanding that each individual with autism is gifted and full of untapped potential. Thus, he named his training manual Nurturing the Seed of Genius. The goal of the program is to unlock each person’s potential so that they will have the opportunity to develop and make their mark in the world.