Recent scientific discoveries in the field of neurodiversity support the efficacy of the Davis method and its use of multi-sensory techniques. These discoveries have shown that the brains of individuals with dyslexia process information in unique and valuable ways, and that the use of multi-sensory techniques can help to harness these strengths and improve cognitive function.
For example, research has shown that individuals with dyslexia often have a heightened ability to think outside the box and to see connections that others may miss. This ability is known as divergent thinking and is associated with higher levels of creativity and problem-solving skills.
The use of clay in the Davis method is designed to tap into this strength and to help individuals with dyslexia utilize and further develop their divergent thinking skills.
By manipulating the clay, individuals with dyslexia can explore (and bring to life) previously confusing symbols - confusion that ultimately came about because of their unique abilities to mentally examine different possibilities, perspectives, and multiple angles with objects in the environment - a process that backfires when processing 2-dimensional symbols (letters, words, punctuation, etc.).
Using clay can as part of the learning process can dramatically improve their ability to retain information, read and write, as well as increase their overall cognitive function.
In addition to its effects on divergent thinking (which is embraced and explained to every client), the use of clay in the Davis method has also been shown to improve sensory processing and tactile perception in individuals with dyslexia. This, in turn, can improve their ability to focus and to process written information more efficiently.
Overall, new understanding and study of neurodiversity points strongly to the effectiveness of the Davis Dyslexia Correction Methods and its signature use of multi-sensory clay work. By harnessing the unique strengths and abilities of individuals with dyslexia, this approach can help them overcome their challenges and unlock their full potential.