|Posted by [email protected] on October 12, 2011 at 2:10 AM|
It is estimated that autism now affects 1 in 100 children and its prevalence is growing rapidly.
New to Australia, and spreading internationally is the Davis Autism Approach® . It is a program designed by an Autistic for Autistics.
Ron Davis was born a severe autistic in 1942. At school they labelled him uneducatably retarded and his mother was told he had the intelligence of a chimpanzee.
Around the age of nine, Davis began to emerge from his autism. At the age of 17, he took an IQ test and scored quite high. It was decided to place him in speech therapy so that he could begin to speak.
In 1981, he performed experiments and made a breakthrough discovery in correcting dyslexia. This lead to him establishing the Reading Research Council in Burlingame, CA. Since then, Davis has published two best-selling books, 'The Gift Of Dyslexia', and 'The Gift Of Learning'. His learning programs are now being offered in over 40 nations and 30 different languages. Autism Sydney has been providing these dyslexia programs successfully for the last 8 years here in Sydney.
Davis began addressing autism in 1982. Among those who came for help in reading, were children and adults on the autism spectrum. The successes these individuals experienced using the Davis methods began his quest to develop a standardized program for addressing autism.
Davis said. "If I could find my own way through the chaos and if I could provide a 'map' for others of my kind to follow, there would be value in my existence.' This program is that map!
In January 2011, Barbara Hoi, founder of Autism Sydney, is the first Australian to be trained and licensed by Davis in the delivery of the autism program. Barbara is currently the only facilitator in Australia.
Hoi says, 'I am honoured to be representing Ron and being a part of his dream. The purpose of providing this program is to enable the autistic individual to participate more fully in life.'
Autism Sydney is offering information sessions on this ground breaking approach.