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1824 Beulah Road
Berlin, Pennsylvania 15530
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Davis Autism Approach®

The newest program offered by Laurel Highlands Dyslexia Correction Center is the Davis Autism Approach. The program can be provided as either a facilitated or coached program. The goal is to enable children or adults to participate more fully in life.

For more information on the background and history of this program, visit the Davis Autism Approach® website.

The Davis Autism Approach has three phases:

  1. Individuation
  2. Identity Development
  3. Social Integration

During the "individuation" phase, the student will receive specific tools that can be used to achieve orientation. Individuation is the process by which an autistic individual stops being "everything and nothing" and becomes just one thing-their own body and self.

The next phase is development and building of identity, the foundations of individual personality. This will enable the student to build and integrate knowledge that will be a foundation for the unique identity of the autistic person.

The final phase is development of social skills so that the student will be able to interact with society. If autism is recognized as a failure to develop appropriate social skills, then autism is not fully corrected until the social skills become appropriate.

Since the symptoms and characteristics are different for each person, the time to complete a program may vary. After an initial meeting and consultation, your facilitator will be able to better give an approximate time frame for completion of the program.

For a more thorough list of possible characteristics of a person with Asperger's Syndrome (AS), High Functioning Autism (HFA) or Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), please consult the list at http://www.mkdowney.com/loc.html.

Pictured above: Lorna Timms, Director of DAI and Laurel Highland's Marcia Maust

Because of Marcia's passion and enthusiasm with her clients, as well as her demonstrated competency of the autism concepts, she was invited to train as a Davis Autism Approach® Training Supervisor. Her role as Training Supervisor will be to read and evaluate field assignments of those in training, as well as help Davis Autism International carry Ron's beautiful autism work forward. Marcia is excited and proud to be a part of this process.

[Davis Autism Approach client]

"My daughter recently went through the Davis Autism Approach® with Marcia as her instructor. I can't say enough good things about this program or her instructor, Marcia.

My daughter is eleven and has Asperger's Syndrome. This program seems to fit her needs so well. It has definitely brought her to a better understanding of the world and her place in it. I continue to see her evolving in small and subtle ways. I am sure that the positive changes it has brought will help her to feel more confident and help in her life's journey.

Marcia has been a joy to work with and has connected to my daughter in such a way that the program didn't feel like work. She has really enjoyed doing the program with Marcia. She loved the way they explored the concepts and then applied them to real life situations. It really tied everything together for her.

I think the fact that Ron Davis can relate to autism on such a personal level makes this program effective. It touches on deficits that I knew were there but couldn't really name. It's like building a puzzle and realizing that there are a few pieces missing. This program has helped us find some of those pieces and put them into place. I am thankful for this program and for Marcia. It has definitely been a very positive experience for my daughter and our family!"

Davis Autism Approach® is a trademark of Ronald D. Davis. Commercial use of this trademark to identify educational, instructional, or therapeutic services requires licensing by the trademark owner.

Professional services described as Davis®, Davis Dyslexia Correction®, Davis Symbol Mastery®, Davis Orientation Counseling®, and Davis Math Mastery® may only be provided by persons who are employed by a licensed Davis Specialist, or who are trained and licensed as Davis Facilitators by Davis Dyslexia Association International.

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