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 [1].

I have some programs that are undergirded in the structured literacy approach listed here [2].

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