There is still a lot of controversy among professionals as to what constitutes a true diagnosis of ‘Dyslexia’. The word ‘Dyslexia’ is generally used in broad terms by many to describe a child that struggles significantly when reading or learning to read. It does not have to be characterized by backwards letters. However, seeing words or letters backwards is often one of the many symptoms.
Practice, practice, practice is not the answer. Find the weakness and strengthen it with these dimple neurological exercises. They help connect and stimulate the neurological growth that is necessary before reading becomes smooth.
The Struggle is Real
It is so hard to watch your child struggle, hate, and avoid reading. We know that some of you might be just wondering if your child is dyslexic while the other half of you know and are lying awake at night worrying about your sweetie and praying they have a better day at school tomorrow. Your feeling like it is killing their self esteem and ruining their school experience both academically and socially the older they get. It is causing problems in the family because they come home so agitated from feeling inadequate and scared of embarrassment at school. We get it. We have lived it. We have found some interventions that really worked and are passionate about sharing them with you.
Every Child is Wired Differently
Your child is very bright and you are their biggest advocate. You know what is best for them, so don’t let anyone make you feel differently. Be inquisitive and assertive when working with teachers, IP directors and family. And above all, get to the root of the problem.
When Bright Children have Dyslexia
Children with reading struggles are generally above average in other areas such as art, visual special and three dimensional activities. They are the best kid in class at engineering a bridge out of popsicle sticks or sculpting a figurine of the neighbors cat. They are generally very good at ‘right brain’ functions. So good that it leaves the ‘left brain’ functions such as reading, in the dust. The good news is that brains can rewire. Weaknesses can become strengthens through specific exercises and activities.
Can my child’s dyslexia be reversed?
There are many different programs out there for dyslexics. Most are based on coping or teaching little hacks to help the child gain a little better reading skills. They are good and will show some improvement with it. We will list some of the best below. But, practice, practice, practice is not a cure. It helps them with the symptom only. We like to pinpoint the weak functions of the brain that contribute to disabilities and exercise them with simple cognitive-motor exercises to improve their neurological connections or ‘wiring’.
Every Child is Wired Differently
No two children have the same neurological wiring. Like fingerprints, each one has different neuro pathways. That is why there is no one answer to cure all Dyslexics or kids struggling with reading. When children were diagnosed with Dyslexia, it used to be a life long disability. However, new discoveries and information are coming forth now that proves how much can really be done to improve or cure Disabilities, and it is all about neurological growth and development. Specialists also used to believe that we were stuck with the way our brains wired as we grew, they have now proven that the brain wires and rewires according to stimulation, environment and activities. ‘Neurons that fire together wire together.’
Their Brain Development
The brain develops in layers from the lower area that handles primitive reflexes, up to the pre-frontal cortex that handles the higher functions of the brain, such as organizational skills and academics. If an area is underdeveloped or even a little weak, it affects the development of the other areas and functions of the brain.
In the first year the brain develops balance, motor skills, muscle tone, rhythm, hand control etc. As these functions develop, the primitive reflexes that they were born with disappear. Specialists believe that if some of them remain, they can cause developmental problems.
It is common in Dyslexic children to find these reflexes retained past the first year and even into adulthood. With simple exercises, they can be eliminated so further development can occur. This is called Primitive Reflex Integration, and has been very beneficial to our Dyslexic son.
The Brain Hemispheres
Dyslexic children usually have weaker cognitive-motor skills that are governed by the left side of their brain. This is why it is very important to test for weaknesses and strengthen them. Our son’s dyslexia improved greatly after we did these exercises with him. He started reading more fluidly and less choppy within a few weeks of beginning them. We weren’t even practicing reading in our exercise sessions. Just catching up the lagging cognitive functions made a huge difference.
Why Visual Therapy if their eye exams are good?
If your child has had regular eye exams and is still having difficulty reading, it can be an undiagnosed visual processing disorder. This is not how your eye sees, but how your brain fuses and uses the images it gets from the two eyes. Even children with true dyslexia benefit greatly with visual processing exercises, so hold on tight and read our post on Visual Processing and Reading Disabilities.
Auditory Processing and Reading Disabilities
Yep, that’s right. Processing the information your brain gets from your normal ears can affect reading ability in a big way. Many dyslexic kids need therapy in this area. An Auditory Processing (AP) weakness makes recognizing word characters and connecting them to the spoken language almost impossible. Good news is that it can really improve with exercises. We won’t duplicate them here. There are plenty of Auditory Processing Activities online already. But here are a few clues that they need to improve AP.
- Child struggles with verbal instruction.
- Loses attention when you talk to them.
- Mixes up verbal instructions.
- Only performs the first of a string of commands.
- Misunderstands what is said.
- Forgets the question.
- Asks for repeat of instructions. ‘Huh?’ ‘What?’
- Can’t concentrate in noisy rooms.
- Has a hard time finding the right word to use.
- Hesitates to converse with people.
- Withdraws from crowds.
Other important Issues
- Food. Sugar, food dyes and other impurities can actually worsen a child’s learning and behavior. It can aggravate their disability and make the symptoms worsen. You may have noticed that some days your child struggles more than others. Their diet can be a big contributor. We recommend the ADHD diet for Dyslexics.
- Trauma or fear can put a child into ‘fight or flight’ mode. When in this ‘fight or flight’, the upper part of the brain cannot learn as well. Trauma and fear? Yep, like the dramatic and scary feeling of reading poorly in front of teacher, students and family. So see, a disability can help perpetuate itself.
- The Atlas and Axis are the two top vertebrate of your spine that affect the nerves to your head. They can be jarred out of place during birth. NUCCA specialists are certain misaligned vertebrates can contribute to LDs and Behavioral Disorders.
Make this fun time with your child. Don’t try to conquer the disability all at once. It can be helped. Start slow and enjoy the time you spend doing fun activities and exercises with you child. They grow so fast.