Gift of Dyslexia Workshop, Cape Town, December 8, 2012

The Gift of Dyslexia Workshop poster

December 8-11, 2012 we will run a Gift of Dyslexia workshop in Cape Town. 
The location is at Living Way Campus, Chasmay Road, off Kommetjie Road. This is about 5 Km from Kommetjie, a beautiful seaside surfing village on Cape Town's southern peninsula.

The workshop is presented by Axel Gudmundsson, director of Gifted Dyslexic and Capella House school. He has been a Davis facilitator for ten years and a Gift of Dyslexia workshop presenter since 2011. T
en years ago Axel introduced the Davis methods in Iceland, his country of origin, where the Davis approach is now the most widely used remedial intervention in the country. Since licensing, Axel has run one of UK's busiest Davis practices, and still remains active in the UK as well as in South Africa.

If you are coming from afar, you should be able to find accommodation in our village (Kommetjie - pronounced kommekie), just a few minute walk from Kommetjie's Long Beach, one of the most picturesque beaches in the world. The cost is R5,000.- (with light break-time snacks included) and can be paid by EFT. You can read a bit about Kommetjie by clicking here.

Kommetjie beach

Living Way Campus, Chasmay Road, off Kommetjie Road

We have provided some links to accommodation in Kommetjie.

We have made contact with Noordhoek Taxi, a local taxi firm, and they charge a flat fee of R400 for an airport pick-up, even when shared between up to eight people. If you are interested in this option, please let us know. Alternatively you can contact them directly on 071234 7021.

We are considering hiring them for  transits from Kommetjie village to the venue in the mornings, and back again at the end of the 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.

Cost and commitment
Duration: 30 hours over four days.
Cost: R5,000.

Daily schedule:
  • 9.00 start
  • 10.30 - 10.50 approx: morning break
  • 12.15 - 1.15 approx: lunch
  • 2.40 - 3.00 approx: afternoon break
  • 4.30: 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.
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 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 councellor 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.
    "Ron Davis is a revolutionary and profound thinker, and has discovered what history will record as one of the greatest insights into the fields of learning and how the mind works." 

    Below you can read a comment from Marcia Verdelli, a third grade teacher in the South African Crossroads remedial school in Johannesburg. She attended the first Gift of Dyslexia workshop in South Africa in June 2009, along with two other members of staff. They were impressed enough after the workshop to ask Richard Whitehead from the Davis Learning Foundation in UK and Axel Gudmundsson from Gifted Dyslexic to offer a five day pilot in-house
    workshop, to train every member of Crossroad's staff in using the Davis methods. This workshop is a hybrid of The Gift of Dyslexia workshop and the Davis Learning Strategies workshop for early intervention and prevention. 

    Hi Axel. Marcia here - I was with Noleen and Elana on the first Davis Workshop. I teach at Crossroads Remedial School in Jhb. and also have a remedial practice in the afternoon. I have given the Davis tools to about ten children and even a seven year old (I know we should do only after 8 - but I felt she could - very bright and aware and visual) and each wonderful child totally turned around and made stunning progress!! One Gr4 girl who was totally failing, and diagnosed as dyslexic, in one term, achieved 1% higher than the class average!!

    In August, I presented the Programme in Hillcrest Natal to the Natal Remedial Association. I was terrified ! I am no group speaker! But I think my passion got me through it! I am sure the sales of The Gift of Dyslexia and the Gift of Learning soared!

    I am really looking forward to you and Richard coming to do "another first in S.A.' workshop in April at Crossroads.
    I want to tell everyone out there.....if your child is dyslexic or not but has a learning problem... in any area.... the Ron Davis Dyslexia Programme WILL help!! I encourage everybody to purchase the two mentioned books.

    Good luck for your workshop... in C.T. Axel - parents and teachers of C.T. be amazed!!

    Here is another comment from a person in Pretoria, who attended the workshop both for personal reasons in order to help her sons and professional reasons to help the children in her pre-school:

    Thing are going so well with my son, I want to cry ever time a hear him read.

    And for the rest what I've learn during the workshop and some of my own ideas I've managed to get all the Grade R's in the preschool with practically no English to be able to be speak and understand fairly good. They also know the whole alphabet. This program is working well for me.

    Course Outline

    • 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.
    • Davis Perceptual Ability Assessment
      • (a screening for dyslexic learning styles)
      • Demonstration and Practice Session
    • Symptoms Profile Interview 
      • (used to assess symptoms, strengths and weaknesses, set goals, and establish motivation)
      • Demonstration and Practice Session

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

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

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

    After completing this workshop, you can use all the procedures in your existing work, or free of charge working with friends and family. 
    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. The full training outline is shown below:

    While the Gift of Dyslexia workshops will run as planned, the below dates for further training have had to be postponed. We are working on planning new full training dates, which will unfortunately be at least three months later than what we originally planned. This change does not affect the Gift of Dyslexia workshops.

    Training moduleDates  Cost 
    (ex VAT)
    The Gift of Dyslexia workshop, four days on site.
    We offer three choices to do this workshop, two in Johannesburg and one in Cape Town.
     Oct. or Dec. 2012, or January 2013.R 5,000 
    Basic Field Assignments, about 30 hours of practice at home, written up and submitted. Postponed By 17 Feb. 2013.R 5,000 
    Basic Practice Meeting, four days on site. PostponedMarch 19-22, 2013R10,000
    Advanced Methods Workshop, five days on site. PostponedMarch 24-28, 2013R12,000
    Advanced Practise Meeting, five days on site. PostponedJune 23-27, 2013R14,000
    Training pod 1, five days on site. PostponedJune 29-July 3, 2013 R14,000
    Motivation and Responsibility Workshop part 1, two days on site. Postponed July 5 and 6, 2013 R 4,000
    Training pod 2, five days on site. PostponedJan. 6-10, 2014R14,000
    Training pod 3, five days on site. PostponedJan. 12-16, 2014 R14,000
    Motivation and Responsibility Workshop part 2, two days on site. PostponedJan. 18 and 19, 2014 R 4,000
    Final Field Assignments, about 4x30 hours of practice at home, written up and submitted. PostponedBy 1 May 2014. R 5,000
    Total cost of training (ex VAT):R 106,000