Each reading programme is tailored to meet the child’s goals. These are carefully identified prior to starting a programme and may include one or more of:
- reading skills
- improved handwriting
- time management
- balance and co-ordination
- overcoming auditory processing difficulties
The child is first shown how to find the relaxed and focused state which is suitable for reading and other studies. Once this has been learned, the child is ready to build the skills that will allow them to overcome their difficulties. They are taught how to recognize and control the thought process that leads to distorted and confused perceptions of letters, words and numerals.
Dyslexic children have a strong preference to think using visual imagery so the programme works largely by using pictures too.
Using clay, the child first works with the alphabet, numerals, and punctuation marks to make sure that they have an accurate perception and understanding of these symbols.
The child also uses clay to model the short abstract words, called trigger words, which are frequently encountered in reading, such as and, the, to, or it. These words cause problems when dyslexic students cannot form a mental picture to go along with them. You may have noticed how your child often stumbles over these little words when reading out loud.
Through Davis® Symbol Mastery, the child will make a three-dimensional clay model of the meaning of these words, together with a model of the letters of the words. This binds the visual meaning to the written word.
These exercises improve reading fluency, speed and comprehension.