Davis Autism Approach

Purpose

To facilitate an understanding of the basic life concepts and self-regulatory skills, that were missed, blocked or reduced due to autistic characteristics; building a foundation for self and social development allowing for fuller participation in life they choose.

Age: 8 years – adult

Program length: 100 – 200 hours

Overview

As a highly trained, caring Davis Autism Approach facilitator, I work individually with each client and support person so the program is delivered at their pace and according to their needs and goals. The program follows a four-part process:

Initial Consultation

The initial consultation is done with the client and their parent/partner.  This consultation gives a fuller understanding of their gifts and challenges, and provides an opportunity to see if they would like to participate in the program.

Self-regulation

First, the focus is on self-regulation and harmonizing neural networks by listening to the auditory orientation sound. Self- regulation tools include:

  • Auditory orientation - Focus
  • Stress management - Release
  • Energy regulation - Dial

Fundamental Concepts

Secondly, a series of fundamental concepts are created using the multisensory medium of plastilina clay, and are explored in the environment and daily life. Fundamental concepts include:

  • Physical world concepts
    Change, consequence (cause, effect, before, after) time, sequence, order and disorder.
  • Thought world concepts
    Continue, survive, perception, thought, experience, knowledge wisdom understanding.
  • Instinctual (feeling) world concepts
    Urge, energy, force, emotion, want, need, intention.
  • Advanced concepts
    Motivation, skill, control, responsibility.

Social Integration

The final component, social integration, facilitates social awareness through exploring the different types of relationships and behaviors we have with others. Concepts will be integrated by:

  • Experiencing the concepts in everyday life
  • Establishing order in the physical environment
  • Establishing new orders of behavior
  • Developing self-responsibility
  • Strengthening executive functioning skills
  • Relationship concepts
    These explore different types of relationships, assisting with social integration.

Resources

  • Davis Auditory Orientation
  • Davis Helper Guide manual and/or Davis Concepts for Life manual (depending upon age and level of support needed outside the program).
  • Plastilina clay (4 lbs. or 2 kg)
  • Clay cutter
  • 2 x Koosh balls
  • Concept Definition booklet (for coached programs)

Program outcomes

Although no specific changes can be guaranteed, in almost all cases positive and lasting changes have been experienced. These are some examples of the types of improvements Davis Autism Facilitators regularly see in their clients’ ability to participate more fully in life. These outcomes are in the process of being verified through independent research:

  • Less anxiety
  • Greater sense of self
  • Reduced sensory overload symptoms
  • Reduced or less intense emotional meltdowns
  • Greater capacity to cope with change
  • More willing to try new things
  • Greater ability to cause a change in your life
  • Increased ability to take part in daily activities and create order in your life
  • Better interpersonal communication skills
  • Lower social anxiety
  • Better able to establish and maintain relationships with others

More Programs

Davis Dyslexia Correction

Davis Math Mastery

Davis Reading Program for Young Learners

Davis Attention Mastery

Davis Autism Approach

Davis Stepping Stones 1 & 2

Davis Concepts for Life

Davis Concepts for Life - Early Years

Meet the Instructor: Jean Moser

I love helping people learn how to learn . 

I discovered that I am dyslexic while I was in training. It was freeing to realize that, although I struggled in my college studies, it wasn’t because I wasn’t trying hard enough. It was because I needed a different way to learn.

My son struggled to read and do math although he was bright, talented and eager to learn.  After years of trying numerous other things, we found the Davis Dyslexia Correction program. In 5 days, he was reading on grade level.  After completing the math program he was able to do math successfully. He went on to complete college with honors.

The Davis methods use our imaginations (what we’re good at) to help us learn. I have also helped people with the Young Learners kit/program.  I have been licensed for 15 years and have helped over 150 people with these methods. 

Jean moser learning tools for dyslexia