Smart Start Dyslexia Correction Center :: Servicing The Whole Child


Beyond letters, words can also create confusion.

Non-picture words create high levels of confusion. Note how a simple sentence may easily compromise comprehension for a student who relies on pictures from words. Note the three picture words in bold print.

Kelly and Jess are in a play.

Accurate comprehension Comprehension of picture words only

Davis programs allow students to learn by using their strengths of creativity.

To comprehend, all three parts of a word must be present:
   • What it looks like (spelling)
   • What is sounds like (pronunciation)
   • What it means (the definition)

The non-verbal (picture) learner depends on a complete picture to accurately comprehend. Davis Symbol Mastery® concept models create meaning for the non-picture words in a sentence.
With—to accompany (Evan, age 16)
Went—moved, past tense of go (Nathan, age 9)
The—that one (8 year old client)
The—that one which is here, or that one which is mentioned (17 year old client)
All students obtain concept meanings of words because activities adapt to a range of ages, skills, and developmental levels.

Variable—a quantity that is unknown and is represented by an alphabetical letter
(Jelissa, age 16)
Thought—the act of thinking (Amber, age 9)
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