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The History of Concept Mastery and Symbol Mastery



Dyslex ic Read er Vol. 30


Davis Dyslexia Association Internationalby Ronald D. Davis

Issue 1 2003

The History of Concept Mastery and Symbol MasteryThe history of Concept Mastery is also the history of what has come to be known as Davis Symbol Mastery. It all started with a mentally incompetent child's desperate desire to have things that were denied to him. His brothers were allowed to have things like wristwatches and pocketknives. He wasn't. He yearned for them, but he couldn't be "trusted" with them. With the chance discovery of the substance that results from mixing dirt and water together, came the opportunity for him to possess those things he had been denied. He could create his own. His brothers wristwatches were made of metal and leather, his was made of dirt and string, but to him it was a wristwatch. Even though acontinued on page 4

Symposium a Huge Success!On October 2-5, 2002, the first International Davis Facilitators' Symposium was held in Toronto, Canada. For three days, 85 delegates from 11 countries met, shared experiences, and attended sessions on topics such as autism, learning styles, Davis Learning Strategies, marketing, and working with bilingual clients. The following letter from Lexie White Strain exemplifies the feelings of camaraderie and fellowship that were enjoyed. Hello to all my fellow Facilitators and Specialists, Thanks for the memories. To all of you that went to Canada for the Symposium, I have so many pictures going through my head. I will cherish the memories I spent with all of you. For all of the other facilitators that were not able to attend, you were missed. I just wanted to send some special words to my hot tub group, CN tower group, dinner groups, workshop groups, and my Niagara Falls group. You all know who you are. I am so glad that we all had so much fun together. There was so much love and support from everyone. It is going to be hard to get back into reality. I would also like to personally thank Cathy Smith, Alice and Ron Davis, Maria Fagioli and everyone else that was behind the scenes. I thought every piece of the program was well thought out and presented beautifully. And it was a heck of a lot of FUN! Love, Lexiecontinued on page 3

In This IssueNews & Feature Articles:The History of Concept Mastery and Symbol Mastery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Symposium a Huge Success! . . . . . . . .1 Ashleys Academic Achievement . . . . . .2 Flashbacks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Kleintjes Leren Lezen . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 dda-CH Treffen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Gedanken ber da ,,Meistern . . . . . . .14 Links oder rechts? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Defining Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Nicks Dial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19

Regular Features:

Q & A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Book Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 New Facilitators & Specialists . . . . .20-21 Workshops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22, 23



Ashley's Academic Achievement Brings New Hope to OthersStudent of the Year" at Cross of Christ Lutheran School in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Ashley's mom, Lynn, reported, "Ashley struggled with most academic subjects during her early years of school. No matter how hard she tried, her struggles continued." Then Ashley's parents discovered "The Gift of Dyslexia" and read the 37 common characteristics of a dyslexic learner. They were amazed. The book and characteristics explained most of Ashley's observed behaviors, struggles, and fears. During the correction program, Ashley achieved her goals to read and comprehend at grade level; to become a more consistent speller; and to better understand math. Encouraged by Ashley's success in the program and her continued progress at school, Lynn was inspired to make a difference for other students struggling with learning. As a member of their school's Parent-Teacher Association, Lynn invited Cyndi Deneson, director of New Hope Learning Centers, Inc. and a licensed Davis Specialist/Trainer to present an informative evening to discuss the Davis Dyslexia Correction Program and Davis Learning Strategies. On May 8, 2002, it was a full house in Coon Rapids, MN, as Cyndi spoke to parents and teachers from the surrounding community about the success and hope available with the Davis methods. In addition to teachers from Ashley's school, a principal from another private school in the area attended. This principal proceeded to spend subsequent time investigating and researching the programs and services of Davis Dyslexia Association International and New Hope Learning Centers. Based upon his research, he registered himself and members of his elementary teaching staff for the Davis Learning Strategies Basic Teacher Workshop presented by Sharon Pfeiffer in Minneapolis in July, 2002. This elementary school principal reported that it was his goal to implement the Davis Learning Strategies in all of his K-3 classrooms this school year. One young girl worked hard, wouldn't give up, and lost her fear of failure. One mother was determined to make a difference for her daughter and others struggling with learning. Because of their efforts, there will now be many children who will benefit and become successful learners. Congratulations Ashley! Thank you for your perseverance. Thank you, Lynn, for your compassion in helping to bring new hope to dyslexic learners. v

Before 11-year-old Ashley came to New Hope Learning Centers, Inc., she was afraid of failure. In January 2002, she completed the Davis Dyslexia Correction Program with Facilitator, Margie Hayes. Five short months later, in May 2002, Ashley was awarded "The Most Improved

Copyright 1996 Randy Glasbergen.

The Dyslexic Reader is published quarterly by Davis Dyslexia Association International (DDAI), 1601 Bayshore Hwy., Suite 245, Burlingame, CA 94010 USA +1(650) 692-7141. OUR GOALS are to increase worldwide awareness about the positive aspects of dyslexia and related learning styles; and to present methods for improving literacy, education and academic success. We believe that all peoples abilities and talents should be recognized and valued, and that learning problems can be corrected. EDITORIAL BOARD: Alice Davis, Abigail Marshall, Michele Plevin, Maria Fagioli and Dee White. DESIGN: Julia Gaskill. SUBSCRIPTIONS: one year $25 in US, add $5 in Canada; add $10 elsewhere. BACK ISSUES: send $8.00 to DDAI. SUBMISSIONS AND LETTERS: We welcome letters, comments and articles. Mail to DDAI at the above address. VIA FAX: +1(650) 692-7075 VIA E-MAIL: INTERNET: The opinions and views expressed in articles and letters are not necessarily those of DDAI. Davis Dyslexia Correction, Davis Symbol Mastery, Davis Orientation Counseling, and Davis Learning Strategies are registered trademarks of Ronald D. Davis. Copyright 1999 by DDAI, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.



Symposium . . .continued from page 1

An excerpt from the opening speech given by Alice Davis, Director of Davis Dyslexia Association International: Cathy Smith and I started planning this Symposium over lunch on a restaurant napkin in May 2001. Without her this event would not have been possible. She has led DDAI in every step of the process, from hotel selection, to rounding up

California and one independent Davis provider in New Jersey. Those who have been with us since 1995 include Sharon Pfeiffer and Abigail Marshall, who co-founded DDAI. Lexie White Strain who still works at Reading Research Council. Charlotte Foster, who became our first independent Facilitator in 1987. Their continuing commitment to our work is represented by their presence at this Symposium. In 1997, we had 17 licensed Facilitators, 6 in the USA, 2 in

and dedication. By 2001, our numbers grew to over 250 Facilitators worldwide, and a new DDA was established in Israel. The Director and Administrator of DDA-Israel, Judith Schwarcz, and Etya Chesler are here. In 2002, Catherine Churton and her partner and husband, Milt Barlow, gave birth to DDA-Australia. Their first Fundamentals workshop, last month in Sydney, was a huge success. We are honored to have Catherine here.

Clockwise from Ron & Alice Davis: Abigail Marshall, Dee Weldon White & Charlotte Foster; Ron with Stacey & Larry Smith, Jr.; Sameera Sadiq al Baharna, Georgina Dunlop, Jane Heywood, Catherine Churton, Sue Hall, Paddy Carson, Kim Willson-Rymer; Barry & Paula Morehead, Nancy Cimprich; Alejandra Garcia, Maria Silvia Flores, Cathy Calderon, Silvia Arana.

the speakers, to writing the text for the announcement booklet. She did it all with a calm and graceful ease, and has been a wonderful mentor. Thank you Cathy. Change is one of the key concepts we ask our clients to master. I'd like to share with you the changes that DDAI has experienced since it was formed in 1995 and acknowledge some people who have been a key part of those changes and our growth. In 1995, there was one Davis Center in the world in Burlingame,

Mexico, and 9 in Europe, DDA's were established in Holland, Germany, England, Mexico, and Switzerland. The director of DDAMexico, Olga Zambrano, is here. Dorothy Owen and Cyndi Deneson are also members of that early group. In 2000, Sue Hall took the initiative to sponsor the first Facilitator Training Program in our host country, Canada. As a result of her tireless efforts and commitment, many more Canadians learned about our work and became Facilitators. Thank you Sue for your hard work

Today there are over 275 Facilitators worldwide providing Davis Programs. If you consider that in 1995, we were provid