Question. How can I be sure the Danks Davis tutoring programme really helps dyslexics with reading, writing, and spelling difficulties? Has there been independent validation of your tutoring programme?
Answer. Dyslexic students make excellent progress using the Danks Davis tutoring programme, and this has been demonstrated through standardised tests (such as the WISC-III or -IV©) given by independent registered psychologists. These standardised tests allow ratio gains to be calculated that confirm the excellent progress through tutoring (see explanation of ratio gains on the Student Success page). The Danks Davis multisensory approach incorporates the essential ingredients which current educational research shows are necessary for literacy success.
Websites for other methods do not provide such independent validation for the value of their programme for students, and usually rely on testimonials alone. It is well known that providing any kind of intervention is likely to result in some improvements to a student as a short-term effect. Check before starting and signing up to an intervention.
- the Ron Davis dyslexia correction treatment method at Davis Dyslexia Association International (DDAI);
- the multisensory, highly structured Orton-Gillingham phonics program;
- the Dore Centres (previously known as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, and Attention Deficit Treatment (DDAT) Centre) (a recent paper published in "Dyslexia" about the Dore method has resulted in much comment, such as the Badscience site response "The Miracle Cure for Dyslexia". Also note that the Dore method stresses it is "drug free", aimed at a target market of ADHD students taking Ritalin rather than dyslexic students).
Question. Is the Danks Davis tutoring programme a "quick fix" solution for dyslexia?
Answer. No. However, progress in children's different literacy abilities can be quick as cognitive strengths are increasingly used to compensate for cognitive weaknesses. Most students have marked progress within 6 months (about 20 1-hour lessons).
Question. How do I know my child is dyslexic?
Answer. Through an assessment by a psychologist, using standardised tests such as the WISC--IV©. Ensure that there are no hearing or vision problems that may be causing your child's difficulties by first having hearing and sight checks.
Question. How much extra work is there for a student to do each week after the 1-hour tutoring session? How long does it take, and does an adult need to be involved?
Answer. There is no extra work at all, unlike many other proprammes: everything is done at the tutoring session. However, I encourage students to carry out the lazy eights Brain Gym© exercises at home daily (which takes less than a minute), as it helps them with their schoolwork and other activities, and the other Brain Gym© exercises as well.
Question. How many tutoring sessions are required to complete the programme, and when should reassessment take place to demonstrate progress?
Answer. Most students take around 2 years to complete all seven levels (about 80 weekly lessons). Some older, advanced students can complete the course in 6 months (about 20 weekly 1-hour sessions). Danks Davis encourages parents to have their children reassessed using standardised tests given by an independent registered psychologist after about a year to eighteen months to demonstrate the extent of progress they have made. Danks Davis understands that the cost for a reassessment may be too great for many families, or that familes have already received positive feedback from teachers on improvements at school and what they see themselves and therefore consider a reassessment is unnecessary..
Question. Is your tutoring programme only for dyslexics?
Answer. No. The Danks Davis tutoring programme has had success with students who were having reading difficulties unrelated to dyslexia.