Parents of 9 Year Old Son
Gale has created a unique atmosphere making kids feel relaxed so they can start their journey with the Davis Method. She is very kind and her dedication to helping kids can be felt when you meet her for the first time. The tools my son learned will give him skills he can use to further his development and assist him in the future.
After our initial program with you, Mason and I worked on making the clay sculptures and his teacher supported his strategies. Mason finished the year making the most growth in reading in the whole second grade. At the end of the school year he was given a trophy for reading achievement which he still displays in his bedroom. We were pleased that Mason tested a year above his grade level in reading. That desire remained the same since the second month of school and now he continues to make slow growth. Mason even asked for books as Christmas gifts. He has begun reading the "Harry Potter" series and is really comprehending it, and avoiding reading frustration, which was my fear knowing the Potter series is a bit advance for his current ability. He is finding a way to balance his desire to play sports with academics. Mason has also become proud of his dyslexia. He knows he has it and is not afraid to tell others and recognizes the unique strengths that come with it as well. I am so proud of his effort, so proud of his success, and so proud knowing that he will be successful as a student. I know that the single turning point in his educational journey was the week he spent working with you and the Davis curriculum.
Our daughter graduated Lander University earlier this month with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. Her focus was on Graphics Design and Marketing with an emphasis on Business. She took 22 hours her last semester to finish in 4 years, while also holding down a 28-hour/week job. The Davis Method taught her how to focus and remain focused to accomplish deadlines and organize herself without assistance. These skills work well with her, as she understands that work is a blessing. She helps others to stay on task now and is a good leader. Thank you, Gale!
I am so proud of our son. I know he would not be where he is now without you. He loves flying. He loved his business and religion classes as well. He wrote so many papers and received all A's. He is graduating summa cum laude with a 3.804 GPA. He will be going to Richmond to become a certified pilot instructor in a few weeks. He asks me all the time wonder where he would be had it not been for you. Thank you for seeing the potential in a 7-year old boy. You are and will always be a special lady to us. The Davis Dyslexia Correction Program was just what he needed.
From a very young age, my son displayed a gift in translating a diagram into a model with LEGO and other building toys. Because of this skill, I assumed that he would quickly pick up reading and looked forward to him joining my older son in our homeschool lessons. Ryland is very bright and was excelling in all of his subjects, but reading was becoming a real source of frustration and anxiety. Simple words such as "the" and "and" would give him trouble and he'd always stop and attempt to decode them. Out of bewilderment I explained that "t-h-e” is always 'the'" and he responded, "But what about when it isn't." This was the first time I had considered he might have dyslexia. Through a friend I heard about New Horizons Dyslexia Center and was directed to the website. I was immediately intrigued because the online assessment did not ask me to assess my child's weaknesses, but his gifts too. There were so many on the list that applied to my son that it seemed eerie. My son began his program and from the first day he was highly motivated because he felt like, for the first time, he could explain to me how his brain worked. The Davis Method gave us a lingo to speak in which I was able to understand what Ryland was experiencing. He took to using the tools and methods and I watched in fascination as he rapidly progressed in his reading ability and his confidence soared. Ryland spent three summers as a paid actor with a professional theatre performing in three shows each season. He has advanced through 5 skill levels in two years and won a Blue Superior Ribbon for his piano. He continues to display a gift for understanding diagrams, and helped design successful attachments for the robot in his competitive robotics club. It has been two years since the program and he now regularly volunteers to read out loud in his Sunday School Class.
Our son was struggling with school - most especially reading and writing. When he reached third grade, we knew we needed to test him. The testing identified that he is dyslexic. I didn't have any knowledge of how to help him, so I read everything I could get my hands on about this brain issue. My husband and I both read Ronald Davis' book "The Gift Of Dyslexia". We were very interested in the program. We contacted Gale and spent a week in the program. At the end of the week of one on one work, our son tested at a 5th grade reading level where he had gone in at a 2nd grade level. He was feeling so much better about his ability to read and his confidence soared. I truly believe that this program changed our son's life forever and I am forever grateful to Gale for her loving heart and her energy to change lives.
On an average school day, our daughter was bringing home work for spelling, math and reading, taking anywhere from an hour to two hours to complete work. She had extreme frustration level with all these tasks. Now, after the program she only brings home one to three problems of math per day if that and is able to complete them on her own. Her level of accuracy has gone from approximately 75% to 95%. Overall she has an increased eagerness to learn because she is able to complete the work on her own and not have somebody telling her every step. She has also done the best in her class on several tests scored 98%. We are pleased with her progress.
Our journey with dyslexia began when Amylia was in kindergarten. We noticed as the year was moving along that Amylia was really struggling to keep up, and those struggles would eventually lead to Amylia being held back. My wife and I quickly tried to regroup and try to discover some new methods to help our daughter understand the concepts she was being taught. Although she moved on to first grade, we found ourselves fighting the same struggles as the year before. Something had to change. Through the help of some incredible teachers and friends we discovered that Amylia had dyslexia. Although the answer to our questions was a relief it brought on new challenges as to how to navigate this newly discovered road. That's when we first heard about the Davis Program. Amylia began her Davis Training in the middle of second grade and we were already seeing vast improvements in her reading in the first week. The Davis Program gave Amylia the confidence and assurance that she had desperately needed to be a successful student. Amylia not only passed second grade but was keeping up with the other kids. The success from the program would continue to carry on and this past year as she competed third grade she proudly brought home a report card of all A's and one B. Everyday is a new day when it comes to school and we are still learning and adjusting as she begins to take on new concepts. The program gives us a set of tools to unlock the amazing gift our daughter has. Dyslexia truly is a gift and the method is worth the journey when you can see your child "get it". We are excited to see what the Davis Program continues to unlock in our child as she continues to became an amazing young woman who has truly amazing gifts to share.