Gift of Dyslexia Workshop

This 4-day (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.

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 Workshops

Date: 24-27 January, '19

Venue: 2 Heron Circle, Kommetjie, Cape Town.

Cost: The cost per person is ZAR 7,200.- (with light lunch and break-time snacks included) and can be paid by EFT. Payment instructions will be emailed after registration is completed.

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

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Training programme 2018

The 2018 training programme has already started, and we aim to offer three Gift of Dyslexia workshops in 2019, which all can serve as a first step in the next training stream, aiming to license by mid-2021.


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, Career Guidance Counsellors, Anyone interested in helping others correct their dyslexia.

Why should I 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.
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 Release 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