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I don’t remember the last time I read a book. Even for school! I didn’t even want to listen to an audible copy. It made me queasy just thinking about reading. I tried to do it for pleasure, and I think in all of my five years of teenage-hood, I’ve only completed around seven books. As for school books, I barely got to the second page of each book, and that’s only because we read the first page in class.
I was very sceptical about the Davis Program because I thought I was useless and that nothing could help me - all my life, I thought I was stupid, and I was told I was dumb by kids and even by a few of my teachers. I absolutely refused to try it, even though the voice at the back of my head kept saying that I should go for it. A part of me didn’t want to give up on myself, I had - and still have - big dreams.
My parents finally managed to convince me, using the “it will help you help yourself” concept. Let me tell you, the amount of things that I didn’t understand about myself and all the hurdles that I thought I could never jump over, have all been jumped over. I learned how to pinpoint all of my difficulties, and I learned how to overcome them, all in the most creative and interactive way. I learned more about how to channel my dyslexia from a challenge to a gift, and I was taught how to put that gift to good use.
I also think having the right facilitator is key. I connected very well with my facilitator, René, because she is very relaxed and calm. René is a whole lot of fun to be around. She always managed to speak positively when it came to correcting my issues.
The only thing I can say, to put it simply and not have to write a novel, the Davis Program really, actually, helped me be able to help myself. And I can tell that I am more confident in reading and writing. And even through I still have a long way to go, I feel so much weight off my shoulders already!
I went through 5 years of academic suffering, and then I did this and it will really, forever be the best thing I’ve done for myself. And - I’m really saying this from the bottom of my heart - this needs to be done for everyone, it definitely plays a huge role in moving forward.
My name is Brandon Traill. I go to school at DLN Private School. Before I attended the Davis Program, I hated school. I did not want to do my homework or school work. Before I did the Davis Program- my math marks were always a fail. Afterwards all my marks changed. Now I’m reading a 328 page book (the Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith), before I hated reading but now I love it. I love doing work and I can now read very well. This changed my life I want to say thank you to Rene.
Brandon attends DLN Private school as a Grade 7 student. He attended the Program in July 2016. Since then, he has diligently been doing his trigger words. I regularly see him lazing on the aftercare couch where I have the privilege of listening to him read with confidence and certainty.
The Davis Dyslexia Correction Program as well as, The Davis Attention Mastery Program have made a huge impact on my son’s life. After the program the following things changed:
- Jayden's handwriting improved (this wasn’t even a goal)
- The biggest improvement was his attitude towards school work. He became much more positive and happier.
- His grades improved by 8% in one term (overall average)
- His concentration and study skills improved.
- His willingness to do better was so evident.
- The weekly classes really assist with re-enforcement and consistency.
Jayden attended both the Davis Dyslexia Correction Program as well as, the Davis Attention Mastery Program. He has worked diligently at his trigger words and continues to go from strength to strength.
I am a mom who has experienced the emotional and worrying situation of having a child, with so much to offer and the perseverance she had to keep trying at school and still losing the battle of keeping up with the curriculum, as a result crumbling her spirits and breaking her soul. My daughter age of 7 started becoming withdrawn in her class at school, as she was not coping and keeping up with the work that was given to her, falling more and more behind.
Truly a heart breaking experience when as a parent you feel hopeless and try to lift your little one’s spirit to no avail. Various recommendations were offered to us and the one that stood out, with no drug intervention, was the Davis Dyslexia program.
I cannot express the turn-around of our daughter within the period of 6 months since she started this program. It’s a life giving chance to help those who have a different style of learning and the capability to excel, to pick up the pieces and all of a sudden “click” with words, spelling and reading. Now in her second year of primary school, the withdrawn little girl has become the lively and confident young lady we have always known. Her reading has progressed immensely J She brings home school work – mini tests with all round ticks vs. the crosses she received the year before.
This program offers life-long tools throughout all avenues of learning.
The support we have received from Rene has been phenomenal. Truly an individual with a passion for her work and who instils such positivity to not only the children she works with, but to the parents as well.
We have certainly not looked back and only forward to exciting times ahead for our little girl to prosper and succeed.
For those going through the battle never give up hope! There is an answer and light at the end of the tunnel. The process is a journey, which at times you feel there is no progression but through persistence and continual work there is a positive result.