Gift of Dyslexia Workshop

This 30 hour workshop was developed in USA in the nineties and it is an introduction to the basic theories, principles and application of all the procedures described in Ron Davis' best-selling book The Gift of Dyslexia.

30-hour Gift of Dyslexia workshop


Below is a short video of Isabella, a PROFOUNDLY dyslexic 10 year old girl, who did not recognise a SINGLE letter of the alphabet before she experienced the Davis methods.

After years of trying every intervention available, Isabella's mother was on the verge of giving up. At the age of 10, Isabella still had not learnt a single letter of the alphabet, and could not write her own name. Her mother then attended the 4-day Gift of Dyslexia workshop, and straight after that she started a DIY programme with her daughter at home. This resulted in Isabella learning 8 letters of the alphabet at home in 4 weeks, and having finally seen some progress, her mother decided to play it safe and bring Isabella for a professional 5-day Davis Dyslexia Correction programme.

FIVE DAYS LATER - in the morning of day five - Isabella was reading.

In only four days you can learn to do what Isabella's mother did. You will obviously not be quite as confident or successful as a fully licensed Davis Dyslexia facilitator, who completes over a year of intensive training, but you will still be able to make a big difference to any child or adult struggling with dyslexia.

NOTE: The Davis name is a registered trademark, and requires a licensing agreement with DDAI for using it to describe therapeutic or educational services. Completing the Professional Davis Facilitator Licensing Programme is needed for such licensing.

This is a stand-alone workshop, but at the same time it forms the first step of the full Davis Facilitator training. If you are interested in becoming a qualified Davis Facilitator, this workshop is your first step.
Training is done with a combination of lectures, demonstrations, group practice, and question and answer sessions. Attendance is limited to ensure the highest quality of training.

Daily schedule:

  • 9.00 start
  • 10.30 - 10.50 morning break
  • 12.15 - 1.15 lunch
  • 2.40 - 3.00 afternoon break
  • 4.30 - 5.00 finish

Participants will learn:

  • Proven methods for helping adults and children improve reading, spelling, motor coordination, and attention focus.
  • How and why the Davis methods were developed.
  • How dyslexics think and perceive.
  • How to assess for the “gift of dyslexia”.
  • How to eliminate confusions and mistakes in basic language symbols.
  • How to incorporate the Davis methods in a therapeutic or educational setting.

Upcoming Gift of Dyslexia Workshop

Date: 15-18 and 22-25 February 2021 at 15:00-18:00

Venue: Online via Zoom.

Cost: The cost per person is ZAR 7,900.- and can be paid by EFT. Payment instructions will be emailed after registration is completed.

About the presenter: Axel Gudmundsson, director of Gifted Dyslexic, and Davis Dyslexia Association Africa has been a Davis facilitator since 2003. Axel had one of UK's busiest Davis practices for 10 years, and now works as a Davis Supervisor-Specialist and workshop presenter from Cape Town, South Africa. As director of DDA-Africa he also manages training and quality control in Africa from his base in Cape Town.

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Full Davis training

Training programme 2021-22

The 2021 licensing programme starts with The Gift of Dyslexia workshop, 15 February 2021, and it completes by mid-2022. The exact tases have not yet been confirmed, but you can view the structure of our last licensing programme by clicking below.

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Who should attend?

The workshop is open to anyone who wants to develop a deeper understanding of dyslexia and to acquire effective and deeply satisfying skills to help with literacy problems. We have found that most people attending the workshop come from one or more of the following groups:

Parents, Home educators, Teachers, SENCOs, Special Needs Support Staff, Tutors, Psychologists, Counsellors, Speech therapists, Occupational Therapists, Trainers, Researchers, and Career Guidance Counsellors. in fact, anyone interested in helping others correct their dyslexia.

Why should you attend?

  • If you have a dyslexic in your circle of friends or family, and you want to take matters in your own hands, this workshop is for you.
  • If you are in teaching or special needs support, and looking for improved results and more satisfaction from your existing work, this workshop is for you.
  • If you are a therapist or a councillor and you have clients you suspect might have dyslexia, this workshop is for you.
  • If you are responsible for providing quality education and excellent return on investment, this workshop is for you.
  • If you are interested in training as a Davis Dyslexia facilitator, then this workshop is your first step.

Below you can watch an interview on SABC with Axel Gudmundsson, director of Davis Dyslexia Association Africa, the presenter of the workshop discussing the Davis Dyslexia Correction Programme.

After completing this workshop, you are free to use all the procedures in your existing work, or free of charge working with friends and family, but you can not use the Davis trademark promoting your services.

If you want to offer your services as a Davis professional, the full Davis Facilitator training is needed, and then this workshop would still be your first step.


Course Outline

Day one

1 Background and development of the Davis procedures
  • Research and discovery. The “gifts” of dyslexia. 
  • Anatomy and developmental stages of a learning disability. 
  • Overview of the steps for dyslexia correction.
2 Davis Perceptual Ability Assessment
  • (a screening for dyslexic learning styles)
  • Demonstration and Practice Session
3 Symptoms Profile Interview
  • (used to assess symptoms, strengths and weaknesses, set goals, and establish motivation)
  • Demonstration and Practice Session

Day Two

4 Q & A Session
5 Davis Orientation Counselling
  • (methods to control, monitor and turn off perceptual distortion)
  • What is Orientation? 
  • Demonstration and Practice Session
6 Alignment Procedure
  • (an alternative to Orientation Counselling)
  • What is Alignment? 
  • How is it used? 
  • Group Demonstration
7 Dial-Setting Procedure
  • (a method for controlling energy level and ADD symptoms)

Day Three

8 Q & A Session
9 Orientation Review Procedure
  • (a method for checking orientation skills)
  • Demonstration and practice session
10 Davis Symbol Mastery
  • What is Symbol Mastery?
  •  Why clay?
11 Mastering Basic Language Symbols
  • Demonstrations and Group Exercise
12 Reading Improvement Exercises
  • Spell-Reading
  • Sweep-Sweep-Spell
  • Picture-at-Punctuation
13 Davis Facilitator Licensing Programme (optional)

Day Four

14 Q & A Session
15 Fine-Tuning Procedure
  • (checking and adjusting orientation using balance)
16 Symbol Mastery Exercises for Words
  • Demonstrations, Group Exercises and Sessions
17 Implementing the Davis Procedures