Why the Davis Method is different.

The Davis Method is a visual and meaning based approach. It is much easier than traditional instruction.  
It understands and nurtures the diverse ways people learn. It recognizes and values both the internal and external world factors contributing to their learning. 

Dyslexics often do experience distortions in perception. These problems are caused by mental disorientation.  It is not a problem with eyes or ears. But rather the way that the brain interprets the input from the sensory organs.    Dyslexia, Attention Deficit, Dyscalculia (maths) and Dyspraxia (balance) all have the same underlying effect when confused - Disorientation. (Meaning: when the eyes and ears are not seeing and hearing exactly what is in front of them. The persons sense of time can speed up or slow down. And their balance can be inaccurate). 

With the Davis method, clients gain more self-awareness when learning. They have the ability to recognise disorientation when it occurs. The clients use their own toolkit to correct their own disorientation. Then they can re-orient themselves so that they can maintain mental focus and accurately perceive print on a page, screen or when following instructions. This creates a new learning behaviour cycle.


A new solution for learning


What's the big deal about the toolkit?

The Davis tools are designed to help different parts of the brain which all need to work in harmony to be able to learn accurately.



Focus tool (aka Davis Orientation Counselling) is a very simple self-management tool to assist the client with focus. This enables accurate perception and eliminates confusions.  The Focus tool helps the client to orientate and regulate. So they can effectively see the world accurately. And are able process new information and address old confusion. 


Relaxation tool is vital for learning- especially for a Dyslexic. It's referred to as "release". This breathing tool allows the client to understand the importance of taking pressure and expectation off themselves. "Release" removes tension from their brain and body when learning to allow the brain to relax and absorb information.


The Learning tool is Clay!  Clay plays to the strengths of visual-spatial thinkers and feelers. Clay is an extremely useful tool for hands-on experiential learning.

It is used throughout the Davis Programs in a variety of ways. In particular, to help bring meaning to symbols, words, and concepts which are not objects.

Clay enables individuals to be creative, and have fun with the learning process. Allowing true hands-on step by step mastery of previously complex learning hurdles. 

It also helps build fine motor skills at the same time, and works as a fabulous fidget tool ;)


Balance tools- Soft, fun and addictive, koosh balls are used to strengthen and enhance balance and coordination.

It is proven to play a massive role in the ability to direct focus needed for the learning process.



Reading Tool - The client exercises both eyes and brain to build the muscle needed to have strong communication for accurate reading perception. 

The reading tool is designed to train the brain to develop the direct, visual word recognition system that non-dyslexics acquire naturally. And Dyslexics have never been able to apply . To find out more regarding these reading techniques and the science behind them follow this link https://www.dyslexia.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/SERIOLandSpellReading.pdf


The Self Regulation tool is designed for the client to understand their energy. This tool builds awareness for the client that they can take control of their brain, body, and thoughts. 

This can be a powerful tool when emotion gets in the way of our learning and social situations.



How your own Davis Program will look.


The most important part before the program starts is determining if you have the motivation to change your learning pattern.

The Initial Consultation is where you find out about Celeste and the Davis Approach. Celeste will discuss and better understand the learning challenges you are facing.  As well as what you want to improve.

During this time, you will establish your own goals or the goal of your child or loved one.

Celeste will conduct a short reading session. Followed by a perceptual ability assessment to understand how your picture thinking or feeling works.

This initial consultation takes approximately  1 to 1.5hrs

(Please note: the initial consultation does not incur any cost.)


The Second step is an intensive one-on-one, one-week program which generally runs Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, with a lunch hour from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm each day. That’s 30 hours in total. But can vary, depending on the needs of the client.


On the last day of the Davis Correction program, Celeste will train the people who will support the client's on-going work of symbol mastery. Support people might be family members, friends or workmates.

They will help the client master the entire list of ‘trigger' words (words with no pictures). This can be completed, in short, tutoring sessions over three to several months. 

It's important to note that although, very often, significant improvements are made during the week of the Correction Program itself, mastering all the "trigger" words must be completed to get the full benefit of the program. 

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To see the client follow through with their own goals. There are three consolidation sessions of 1-2 hours, over a couple of months post program.

Celeste also follows up with on-going phone support.  Plus,  School visits can be arranged at the clients' own request.


C.L.A.Y. understands and respects that each person has different needs, challenges and personal goals. The program is one-on-one and tailored to meet the specific challenges of the individual client.