I wonder if you know: are there peer reviewed, scientifically controlled research articles demonstrating the efficacy of the Davis Method of treating dyslexia and of his Young Learner methods? I have been skeptical of this method; I find all the copyright symbols particularly off-putting, as they convey a kind of mystique around the method. As a classroom teacher, I don't like one-size-fits-all solutions and would like to be guided by evidence-based science in my choice of methods. However, it is also clear to me that a classroom teacher cannot possibly determine what is good or bad research without some pointers.

Dr. Pierson's Response: 

I do not know the answer to your question. I looked at the Ron Davis Method website and there are no scientific articles posted. The "theory" information seems to have been written by a happy mom. I also don't see any outcome data reported.

The literature is clear that dyslexics need a structured literacy approach (such as the Orton-Gillingham method), which is what is advocated by the International Dyslexia Association. Here is a piece that I wrote about structured literacy.

I have some programs that are undergirded in the structured literacy approach listed here.

I’m so impressed that you asked this question and you are driven to help your students by using evidenced-based strategies!