About Gilda Westermann (Davis Programme provider)
Completing my training as a Davis facilitator in 2015, I set up my practice in Forres, Morayshire. Since then I have worked with children, young people and adults from across Scotland. My own Davis programme in 2010 was life changing. I experienced an improvement of my literacy and benefitted from a range of life skills that made me a more confident, resourceful and efficient professional.
With a background in business coaching, communication training and education, I started dyslexia coaching in the workplace in 2012. I clearly remember the moment in time when I decided to train as a Davis facilitator. I’d been approached by the parents of a ten-year-old girl and a fourteen-year-old boy, both struggling with their dyslexia at school and I was also coaching a nurse who was struggling with arithmetic. I suddenly realised that I needed a different set of skills to support my clients in overcoming their challenges and I remembered the positive impact the Davis programme had on me. I decided to start my Davis training the same year.
Currently I am studying for a BSc in Psychology at the Open University with its focus on ‘Childhood and Youth’ to add another angle to my work.
- Licensed Davis®Facilitator
- Qualified Waldorf teacher
- Qualified business and workplace coach (Institute of Leadership & Management)
- Certified NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner and Trainer
- BA (hons) Studio Ceramics (pottery)
There are uncountable examples of individuals whose greatness is/was a result of their dyslexic gifts and talents. Problem solving and ‘out of the box’ thinking are just some of the great attributes of these individuals. They have achieved great things not despite but because of their dyslexia.
About Ron Davis (Founder of the Davis method)
In 1980, at age 38, Ronald Dell Davis overcame his own severe dyslexia. For the first time in his life, he could read and enjoy a book without struggling. To his surprise and delight, he soon learned that the simple mental exercise he had discovered for himself seemed to work just as well for other dyslexic adults who tried it out.
He soon realized that correcting perception was not enough; it was also necessary to undo the sources of confusion that triggered disorientation, a new way of learning for dyslexics. That meant a system for building strong word recognition and comprehension skills.
Ron Davis and Dr. Fatima Ali, Ph.D, founded the Reading Research Council Dyslexia Correction Center in California in 1992, achieving a 97% success rate in helping clients overcome their learning problems.
The Gift of Dyslexia was published in 1994 becoming a best seller and being translated into. It has been translated into over 20 languages and there are Davis Facilitators offering services in more than 40 countries worldwide. The basic ideas underlying the Davis Dyslexia Correction program have also been extended to develop specialized programmes for Attention Mastery, Math Mastery, and Autism.
Davis facilitators worldwide https://www.davismethod.org/