Gift of Dyslexia Workshop, Maragon School, JHB, 3 Oct, 2012

In March 2009 over 30 staff at Crossroads school attended this workshop.

This 4-day (30 hour) workshop was developed 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. It is important to mention that a registration does not secure a place - a place is not secure until full payment has been made.

Venue address: Maragon School, corner of Peter and Van Dalen Roads, Ruimsig, Gauteng (see map below).
Date and time: 3-6 October, 2012; 9:00am-4:30pm
Duration: 30 hours, over four days.
Cost: R 5,000.

Maragon Private School Ruimsig, JHB

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 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 Educational Needs Co-ordinators)
    • 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.

    Important note:

    This workshop does not give you license to promote your services as a Davis professional, or offer a Davis Dyslexia Correction Programme on a commercial basis - for this you need to go through the full Davis Facilitator training - but of course you can use what you learn in the workshop in your existing remedial practice.

    "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 staff in using the Davis methods. This pilot workshop was 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!!

    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!! 

    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
    • Release procedure
      • (method for alleviating stress and headaches)
    • Dial-Setting Procedure
      • (a method for controlling energy level and ADD symptoms)
    • 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
    • Alignment 
      • (an alternative to Orientation Counselling)
      • What is Alignment? 
      • How is it used? 
      • Group Demonstration
      • Orientation Review Procedure
        • (a method for checking orientation skills)
        • Demonstration and practice session
      • Davis Symbol Mastery
        • What is Symbol Mastery?
        •  Why clay?

      • Q and A Session
      • Mastering Basic Language Symbols
        • Demonstrations and Group Exercise with Alphabet and punctuation
      • Reading Improvement Exercises
        • Spell-Reading
        • Sweep-Sweep-Spell
        • Picture-at-Punctuation
      • Fine-Tuning Procedure
        • (checking and adjusting orientation using balance)
      • Davis Facilitator Licensing Programme (optional 30 minutes)

      DAY FOUR
      • Q & A Session
      • 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: