The Gift of Dyslexia Workshop, Jan 9-12, 2012

In January 2012 we ran another Gift of Dyslexia workshop in Cape Town. The location
 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.
We had 12 participants, from a variety of backgrounds and countries. Some were teachers from Synergy school, just down the road, where Axel Gudmundsson, director of Gifted Dyslexic is a parent, board member and now runs a volunteer group where we give the children of Synergy School the Davis tools to enhance their learning. Other participants were educators and parents of dyslexics, from all over the country and even one participant who flew in all the way from Europe.


Daily schedule:
  • 9.00 start
  • 10.30 - 10.50 approx: morning break
  • 12.15 - 1.15 approx: lunch (light lunch provided)
  • 2.40 - 3.00 approx: afternoon break
  • 4.30: finish
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.

For airport transits you can for example contact Cape Travel and Tours, who offer airport transits for 550R for 5-7 people, or 350R for 1-3 people.
Airport Shuttle Cape Town offers transits to Kommetjie from 350R for a single person to 700R for seven people travelling together.

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 in South Africa.

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!!

    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: