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Ron Davis discovered that there were three stages that he had to go through in order to develop out of his autistic state:


Identity development




After these steps are completed, the foundation for “participating more fully in life” has been laid.


The possibilities are endless, and the “seed of genius” that can be found in every human being can begin to grow. How much and how fast a person ”grows” is completely unique to each individual, but once they have begun to grow there is no stopping it and learning will continue for the rest of their lives!


Our Aim

Our Approach is to aim for simplicity. We have chosen to use ‘Autism’ as the umbrella for the term Autism, Asperger Syndrome (AS), High Functioning Autism (HFA) or Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS).


The Davis Autism Approach® is a non-invasive, gentle approach designed to allow autistic individuals to participate more fully in life.


This one-on-one program can be conducted by a Davis Autism Facilitator or by a parent or loved one who can be trained and mentored by a Davis Autism Facilitator-Coach.

 The program incorporates many of Ron Davis ’ “tried and trusted” methods which have been used successfully worldwide over the past 28 years assisting those with learning differences.

 Ron Davis has been working successfully with autistic individuals throughout this time and has now made this work accessible to others through the Davis Autism  Approach®.


Davis Autism Approach® is a three-part program:

First Step
Firstly:  Individuation - Creating an awareness of self.

Individuation is what takes place during early childhood development when a child becomes aware that he is a separate individual, with opinions and feelings that are different from those held by others. We usually see this taking place by the time a child is two, and has developed a sense of himself as an individual, has a mind of his own, and thus, rejects suggestions or requests made by others. We refer to this as the “terrible twos”, even though we know it is a healthy and desired developmental step! Children with autism either fail to complete this step in development, or regress after beginning down the path.

 To ensure this process has been completed and we have our starting point we use a two-part process.                     

Firstly, we assist the individuals to become oriented  to the world. They need to have brought all of their senses into alignment so they are aware of their environment and their perceptions of the world are accurate. We use a variety of orientation methods, auditory, visual or kinaesthetic, depending upon the individual's strengths.

Then we assist the individual to create a model, which can represent them in the next part of the process.


Second Step
Secondly: Identity Development  - Exploring ‘life’s natural lessons'.

 Identity development refers to the learning that normally takes place as children grow and learn concepts that help them to understand how the world works and how they work. When individuals are disoriented much of the time, they do not learn or fully comprehend many of these basic concepts, these 'life lessons', and so they do not have a good or complete understanding of how things work, and how they fit into the world. For example, they may not understand about change or consequence, and so continue to repeat the same behaviours, expecting a different outcome. They may not understand “authority”, and so refuse to accept any authority except their own desires, much as a very young child normally does.

 Identity development provides a sense of self, and one’s place in the real world of cause and effect.

 There are approximately 30 concepts, which are addressed throughout this stage, starting with 'change’ and ending with ‘responsibility’.                      

These ‘life concepts’ are explored at a pace that is comfortable for the individual both conceptually and environmentally. We say “one concept per day” as a general guide. However, this can be sped up or spread out over many months, as required.

Each concept is introduced by creating a model in plasticine clay.

The concept is then explored in the environment, looking for and gaining understanding through experiencing real world examples.

When a concept has been fully integrated we can move on to the next, as we have created a solid foundation for the new knowledge.


Great Success - We have experienced great success with individuals who are diagnosed as high functioning autistics. However, with patience and empathy, a way forward can be found for those with limited language and motor skills once the orientation methods have been integrated.


Third Step
Thirdly: Social Integration - Relationship Concepts.

 Social integration is the final area to be addressed. Once a person has a sense of his place in the world, he is ready to begin the task of understanding how relationships work and learning how he can fit into the world of people. This is the final stage in the Davis Program. Again these concepts are explored through creating clay models, followed by matching them to life experience.


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