I would like to thank you for working with Olivia. I have seen a big improvement in her reading! She is now just about where she needs to be in her reading scores ( 4 points away). Olivia’s confidence level has gone from a 2 to a 10! Olivia is most happy because she does not need to leave her regular class to get extra help elsewhere. Thank you for these life long tools to help Olivia overcome. You have Truly impacted our lives in a positive way. You are the best!
Mid-year last school year I was in a state of desperation… I couldn’t help my daughter learn! Helping my children with reading, homework, and studying had always come naturally for me. Helping Elyana who had been diagnosed as Dyslexic in 2010 was defeating. I had no idea how to help her and no IEP or its numerous revisions were helping. By a mere act of synchronicity, I came across Melanie and immediately enrolled Elyana in a week long session. I chose to have my child miss 5 consecutive school days (unexcused) and hoped for the best (I really had nothing to lose). IMMEDIATELY Elyana’s confidence grew a hundred times over. She had NEVER expressed an interest in reading, she always did it in private and would refuse to even attempt to read with any form of an audience, making it impossible for me to help her. Day 3 she asked if she could read to me. By the end of day 5 she was reading fluidly and at her expected grade level!!! Melanie guided me through the Davis Program and provided me with the tools necessary to empower my daughter. Melanie was able to motivate Elyana in a way I will forever be grateful for. Koosh ball, sweep-sweep spell and clay (symbol mastering) as prescribed by Melanie have changed our lives!!!!!!
I started to homeschool my children 4 years ago. My 8-year-old daughter at the time was having difficulty in reading and writing. I had bought 2 different curriculums, with very little improvement. There was a great deal of frustration and tears. I realized after 2 years of her not able to memorize phonograms that this had to be addressed differently. I recognized I was having her draw what we read or she was making lap books after almost every lesson in order for the information to be retained. I decided we needed to work on her self-confidence and we waited patiently for the answers. I thought tutoring might be a choice. I bought a book, “The Gift of Dyslexia”, which seemed so perfect to fit in with working on her self-confidence. As I read this book I saw this is my daughter, every chapter it became clear, that this was the direction we needed to go. I called and emailed the information on the back of the book. The program was called The Davis Program. Within a few months, we found Melanie. After the first day, I saw my daughter sparkle with excitement because she was learning with clay!! She was recreating the alphabet!! After 2 years of her not knowing the difference between certain letters because they looked similar to her. She was able to tell them apart with no confusion. This was just within the first day. She started to believe in herself. By the last day, I sat in and listened to my daughter read without tears and frustration. She read without questioning herself. She was excited to read! She moved up 2 grade levels in 5 days. I was amazed by her quick growth. We are thankful for Ms. Melanie and this program she teaches, to this day we still implement these tools in her everyday life.
My son is 10 and was diagnosed with severe dyslexia in August 2016. We tried to see if he would make some improvements with daily extra phonics type training and by the end of May 2017 things weren’t much better. I made an appointment with Melanie and my son had his week of training and we are so thankful we did. Not only did he gain one grade level (IN ONE WEEK-with severe dyslexia!!), he learned the tools to keep it up. His confidence alone was worth the week. He now has hope that he will continue to grow in his ability to read. Melanie not only encouraged my son but having been in the same position, she was a great encouragement to me as well. I wish I wouldn’t have waited! Thank you, Melanie, from the bottom of my heart, for all of your help and expertise. Being able to read is priceless.