The Gift of Dyslexia workshop in CT 22 Sept. 2017

The Gift of Dyslexia workshop in JHB 1 June 2017
On 22 September 2017 Davis Dyslexia Association Africa will run a four-day Gift of Dyslexia workshop in Cape Town, South Africa.
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.


The workshop is presented by Axel Gudmundsson, director of Gifted Dyslexic and Capella House school. He has been a Davis facilitator since 2003 and a Gift of Dyslexia workshop presenter since 2011. 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.

The Venue
Living Hope Community Centre, Capri, Cape Town.

Living Hope Community Centre


There are a number of options in Kommetjie, about 15 minute drive from the venue, and her here some options within walking distance.

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.

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 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.

    About Ron Davis:

    "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." 

    Comments from participants:

    Here are some comments from workshop participants

    From a mother and pre-school owner

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

    I'm am using the clay letter in both of my ECD centres Gr R groups, as well as the dial and koosh balls. The kids enjoy it and parents are very excited because of the changes they observe in their children. We had a workshop, showing the parents how we implement the Davis into our program, and now we are on the roll. The little ones with very limited language are starting to learn letters and speak English - the progress is unbelievable. Thanks: This workshop was one of the best investments in my life.

    My dyslexic son shows big progress just by being able to bring his focus back. We had limited time with school work and exams, so all we've done so far is the orientation counselling and fine tuning. My mom looked at his work about a week back and couldn't believe her eyes. His handwriting has improved, as well as his spelling and reading. During the June/July holidays we are going to do the whole program. I did the same with my other son (12) and he got 90% and above for all his tests and exams. His he use to score between 70 and 80. He is so happy because he always wanted to be in the top 10 in his grade and now it look like he is finally going to achieve his goal, in his last year of primary school.

    From a mother who attended the 4-day workshop

    [My daughter] progressed over a period of 2 years from a below average straggler to the top English student in her grade 7 year. [Her] latest assessment “labelled” her with HIDDEN DYSLEXIA. In her latest results she attained top of her class in three subjects as well as an 87% average for English.

    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 (optional)

    • 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

    The Gift of Dyslexia workshop in CT, 22 Sept. 2017
    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. 

    Given sufficient interest, DDAA will offer the full training starting in 2017 in South Africa. Below is a proposed timeline, but we do have some flexibility to take each trainee's requirements into account, as the ideal number of trainees is is only.