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The Davis Method

A distinctly different approach

There are two generally accepted forms of thinking: verbal and non-verbal. People who develop learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, and ADHD tend to think non-verbally, using mentally generated sensory impressions (“images”) such as visual, tactile, kineasthetic, auditory… They are imaginative, creative, empathic, and try to solve problems by looking at the whole picture, rather than working step-by-step.

This thinking style, combined with a higher-than-average responsiveness to physical, social and/or emotional sensory stimuli, has a direct impact on stress levels, behaviors, and ability to learn. This is where the overlap with autism arises.

‘Different thinking’ calls for a different approach. Davis has developed strength-based techniques that harness the inherent gift of non-verbal thinking. This enables neurodivergent individuals everywhere to access their mental talents and successfully overcome virtually any resulting challenges.

Understand the root cause of difficulties

Davis takes a practical, fun, and client-centered approach to help people understand the root cause of their own challenges and/or learning difficulties – and then upskill and adapt in a way that enables fast and impressive progress.

We use our insider understanding of the challenges and frustrations our clients are experiencing to provide proactive support and deliver simple interventions that spark incredible breakthroughs.

Realise innate potential

Once our clients recognise their inherent gift and the potential they can fulfill, they develop a renewed sense of self-esteem, capability and confidence. Then, when they start to use learning approaches that deliberately tap into and capitalise on their talents – the essence of the Davis method – progress is very rapid.

We know this, because we’ve seen it happen, time and time again, with priceless results.

Learn in a way that works for them

Davis gives individuals tools and techniques to learn in a way that works for them.

  • Tools: A prerequisite for learning and navigating life effectively is being mentally, emotionally, and physically regulated. The Davis self-regulation tools enable clients to bring mind and body into harmony and regain control of their interactions and ability to learn.

  • Techniques: Davis’ clay-based methods enable clients to give shape to abstract cognitive concepts and master other triggers of disorientation. Our signature multisensory approach builds on their visual-spatial talents and resolves longstanding confusions that underpin learning blocks. And with real mastery comes a lasting positive impact on ability, self-esteem, and life success.

Imagine the difference

At Davis, we celebrate different thinking. We delight in harnessing the extraordinary mental talents that enable easy and enjoyable learning and transformational achievements, all around the world. Could that include you too?

As a neurodivergent individual…
Imagine being free from the constant frustration, self-doubt, and uncertainty that accompany learning difficulties. Picture a life where challenges are conquered, leading to a sense of achievement and newfound confidence. With Davis, we don’t just acknowledge your struggles; we unlock the door to new possibilities, empowering you to thrive in a neurotypical world.

As a parent…
Imagine the relief and joy of witnessing your child thrive emotionally, socially, and academically, with a bright future ahead. With Davis, you become a source of effective and meaningful support, fostering a positive learning environment at home so that your child’s light can shine.

As a teacher…
Imagine the fulfillment of employing proven teaching methods that cater to diverse learning styles, ensuring every student comprehends and excels. Experience the satisfaction of implementing strategies that proactively prevent the development of learning difficulties. With Davis, you become a catalyst for positive change, levelling the playing field and enabling every student to grow and succeed.

“The Davis Method results in average improvement of almost 4 full grade levels in reading*”

Research by Davis facilitators Lawrence and Stacey Smith in Calgary, Canada.


“When you eliminate the reason a problem exists,
the problem ceases to exist.”

Ron Davis

What Davis is, and what it is not…

The Davis method does not rely on phonics, drill, repetition, physical devices, or medication.
Neurodivergent individuals often experience distortions in perception, but these problems are caused by mental disorientation. It’s not a problem with eyes or ears, but rather the way that the brain interprets the input from the sensory organs. Disorientation is often the source of many strengths and talents associated with neurodivergent thinking, e.g. creativity, innovative out-of-the-box thinking, empathy, creative problem-solving, etc.

Learning difficulties, including dyslexia, dyscalculia, and ADHD, arise from the way individuals process information and their tendency to disorientate in the face of confusion, overwhelm and over/under-stimulation. When disorientated, they will replace real sensory perceptions with mentally generated ones which they perceive as real, and this process distorts an accurate sense of sight, hearing, balance, movement, and time.

With the Davis method, students learn to recognise disorientation when it occurs, and apply simple techniques to reorient themselves – so they can maintain mental focus, accurately process information, and interact effectively with the physical environment without the need for external ‘crutches’.

The Davis method does not rely on instruction based on phonics.
Dyslexic students rely mostly on non-verbal thought processes. Since their primary mode of thought is to rely on pictures or other sensory impressions, they have difficulty thinking with the sounds of words – so it’s hard to try to read by breaking words down into component sounds.

Instead of trying to force students to use a method that’s inherently difficult for them, the Davis method teaches a visual and meaning-based approach that’s much easier for dyslexic individuals to learn and use. This, in turn, leads to much more rapid success. Rather than the slow progress and labored reading that’s often seen with phonics-based interventions, the Davis method enables dyslexic students to become fluent, capable, and often enthusiastic readers.

The Davis method does not rely on repetition or drill.
Neurodivergent individuals have a hard time remembering things they are not interested in or don’t fully understand. Repetition and drill are a waste of time and only serve to increase frustration, because they won’t retain information unless it connects with their understanding and how it fits into the ‘big picture’.

The Davis method is based on mastery – students are given tools that enable them to master the symbols and concepts that are the foundations of learning. Once mastered, the information is understood inherently, eliminating the need for memorisation through repetition or drill.

The Davis method does not rely on external accommodations and devices.
While some physical devices (such as fidget tools, technology, colored overlays, large print books, etc.) may seem to alleviate the impact of the difficulties, the use of such accommodations doesn’t help the individual address the root cause (disorientation) or to function without them in daily life.

The Davis method does not rely on medications.
The same applies to medication and attention difficulties. ADHD students also disorientate for longer periods of time, leading to a temporary shift away from reality and appearing to have “their head in the clouds”. Since neither dyslexia nor ADHD are a disease or a psychiatric ailment, medications will not address the underlying problem, and will only tend to hinder the student’s ability to learn.

ADHD medication ‘works’ because it dulls and sometimes eliminates an individual’s ability to access their innate neurodivergent thinking talent (disorientation), thus putting them into a chemically induced oriented state. As with other accommodations, this does not foster understanding, skill, or independence.

The Davis method DOES transform learning and lives.
With every client, the Davis goal is to empower neurodivergent individuals to be in control of their own learning, mental focus, and energy level. These skills give them the ability to control disorientation at will, which in turn allows them to be intentionally focused and productive when needed, and also embrace their natural neurodivergent strengths and talents.


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