Davis™ Attention Mastery
Davis™ Attention Mastery is a drug-free, individual, intensive empowerment program for children and adults which works for the ADD thinking style to enable a person to master areas of their lives that have previously caused them confusion.
Yet ADD has many positive features too. Those with ADD are often naturally inquisitive, good multi-taskers, can be quick-witted, visionary, good lateral thinkers and/or courageous when it comes to taking risks. These characteristics can be powerful assets in many walks of life.
A whole person approach
The very name “Attention Deficit Disorder” testifies to the way in which these characteristics have become stigmatised by society. Sadly, many ADD programs offer a suppressive approach, seeing the condition as a disease or disorder requiring prescriptive treatment. Some advocate the use of powerful psycho-active drugs and stimulants. The risk here is that positive attributes of the ADD thinking style may be eliminated or impaired along with those traits which have been deemed undesirable.
Yes! There is a good side to hyperactivity; once you learn how to control and manage energy levels and focus.
What is ADD/ADHD?
ADD, or Attention Deficit Disorder, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are names given to a variety of characteristics which can include one or more of the following:
- Excellent imagination
- Tendency to excessive daydreaming
- Behavioural issues
- Difficulty making friends
- Lack of awareness, or knowledge, of time
- Difficulty understanding instructions
- Difficulty with personal organisation and/or finishing things
- Good at adventure sports such as BMX or mountain bike riding
The Davis™ Attention Mastery Program
A drug-free, individual, intensive empowerment program for children and adults which works with the ADD thinking style, to enable a person to master areas of their lives that have previously caused them confusion.
The Davis™ Attention Mastery program combines powerful internal self-management tools with a creative, multi-sensory and judgement-free exploration of personal issues through the medium of plasticine clay.
A typical program includes the following elements:
- Davis™ Orientation Counselling provides the self-directed ability to switch between creative thinking and accurate perception, to control or adjust personal energy levels, and to achieve a relaxed state of focus.
- Davis™ Concept Mastery enhances a person’s ability to see life through the “filters” of universal concepts such as change, consequence, time, sequence, order and disorder. A unique clay-based learning technique enables a person to “create” these concepts for themselves.
- Other Davis techniques are employed as needed when ADD is accompanied by other learning issues
Copyright – Richard Whitehead, Davis Learning Foundation – used with permission
“… self-doubt is no longer a barrier and the frustration has gone.”
Jay* kindly gave permission to put photos on my website. I remember his delight when he read accurately with good comprehenion after learning and using the Davis reading strategies. He also had goals around listening to instructions.
After the progamme in 2016, I asked Jay* how he felt on a scale of 1-10 (1 the lowest – 10 the highest)
BEFORE – he said he was at a 5 – or 3 for listening and focusing – and that he had self-doubt that he could do it.
AFTER – he said it was at a 7 and… “it is good – totally good – every single thing – now it has all changed!”
As a facilitator, I noticed both during and after the programme, Jay became confident trying new things and was facing his essay writing and academic assignments. He is now working full time and enjoying his work and life. He has skills and strengths in dance and performing arts.
Jay* name changed for privacy
“…able to achieve her goals and make positive changes in areas which needed correction”
My 10-year-old daughter has recently been struggling with maths. After investigating maths tutors in our area, I decided to approach Claire Ashmore as I was aware of her teaching background and studies to be a Davis Dyslexia facilitator. After her initial assessment, it was clear that she would benefit most from an Attention Mastery programme.
While working with Claire, she was able to achieve her goals and make positive changes in areas which needed correction. Since completing the programme, my daughter has come away with invaluable strategies which I have witnessed her employ many times, during a variety of situations. She can now remain focused when needed allowing her to accomplish things which she would normally find extremely difficult.
Armed with her strategies and aware of her gifts, she has gained confidence, is more conscientious and patient. I would not hesitate in recommending the Davis Dyslexia Attention Mastery programme, as well as Claire Ashmore, to anybody who wishes to improve their ability to focus and be open to learning more effectively
Waikato Mum: Working alongside their natural talents and skills, clients identify and eliminate triggers or confusions in order to acheive their own goals.
Many thanks for permission to use these photos on my website.
This drug-free approach helps those with ADD/ADHD to control energy levels and to focus
Professional services described as Davis™, including Davis Dyslexia Correction®, Davis™ Symbol Mastery, Davis™ Orientation Counseling, Davis™ Attention Mastery, Davis™ Math Mastery, and Davis™ Reading Program for Young Learners may only be provided by persons who are trained and licensed as Davis Facilitators or Specialists by Davis Dyslexia Association International.
Licensed and certified by Davis Dyslexia Association International