Dyslexia

DyslexiaReverse Dyslexia with At-Home Intervention Exercises

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Dyslexia

Dyslexia Symptoms

Dyslexia is a disability characterized by reading problems, but is much more than that. It is a Learning Disability that affects the way the brain processes written and spoken language. A common early warning sign may be delayed language and mispronunciation of words. If undiagnosed, children can often be misunderstood as lazy or inattentive. Dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence, so it may confuse parents when their bright child struggles in school and gets poor grades. See below for a list of symptoms. Click here to read more about Dyslexia.

 

Dyslexia Symptoms

  • Unable to read, write, or spell at their grade level
  • They learn new words slowly
  • There’s a delay in learning to read bigger words
  • Difficulty keeping their attention
  • Learns best through hands on, visual aids, and observation
  • Mixes up the order of letters in words
  • They have dizziness or headaches while reading
  • Tests well orally, but not well written
  • Low reading comprehension
  • Handwriting is often illegible
  • Problems processing and understanding what they hear
  • Difficulty comprehending rapid instructions
  • Can’t follow directions
  • Difficulty seeing and often hearing similarities or differences in letters and words
  • They struggle to put thoughts into words
  • Trouble sounding out new words
  • Problems remembering sequences of things
  • Difficulty pronouncing words
  • Slow to add new words to their vocabulary
  • Struggle to learn the alphabet, numbers, days of the week, colors, and shapes
  • Has trouble calling objects by the correct name
  • Struggles with rhymes
  • Talks later in life than most kids
  • Speaks like a younger child
  • May have not crawled as a baby

 

Symptoms can vary from person to person and no two children are the same, so your child may also display different symptoms than the ones listed above. Despite your child’s diagnosis, these interventions can be helpful.

If you think your child has Dyslexia you should consult a professional so you know how to help them. This also helps with conversations with the teachers, daycares, and caregivers to understand your child better.

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Retained Rooting Reflex

rooting Reflex Exercises

The Rooting Reflex is important in helping an infant locate food and breast feeding. It develops during pregnancy and continues until the baby is about 4 months old.  You will notice the Rooting Reflex in a newborn if you brush your finger down one side of the mouth. The baby will turn toward the stroke and open the mouth. This is normal but should integrate (disappear) by about 4 months. If it is not properly integrated, it can contribute to problems in speech, writing, eating disorders and Thyroid problems. Be sure to do the Retained Rooting Reflex Test on your child.

Children with eating disorders aggravated by a Retained Rooting Reflex will have a constant urge to have something in their mouth, yet are often sensitive to textures. These one end up being the one that is always chewing on something plastic, drools or struggles to form their words properly. The Retained Rooting Reflex can cause the tongue to lie to far forward in the mouth. This can cause difficulty swallowing and chewing their food.

 

Retained Rooting Reflex Symptoms

  • Tongue lies too far forward
  • Hyper sensitive around mouth
  • Difficulty with textures and solid foods
  • Thumb sucking
  • Speech and articulation problems
  • Difficulty swallowing and chewing
  • Dribbling
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Thyroid problems and autoimmune tendency
  • Dexterity problems when talking
  • Even if they don’t display any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to do the quick test on them, as there may be other functions that are affected by it that are still unknown.

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Retained Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (STNR)

Symetrical Tonic Neck Reflex ExercisesThe Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex is present at birth then disappears until about 6 to 9 months. It reappears for a few months to assist in learning to crawl.

You will notice it in a baby if you move their chin down toward their chest. The knees will bend. If you move the head up toward the back, the legs will straighten. Do not confuse this with the Landau Reflex. They are two separate reflexes.

If this does not integrate and disappear by about 11 months, it can cause motor learning and behavior disorders. Simple exercises can solve the problem.

 

Symptoms of Retained Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex

  • Poor posture Standing
  • Sits with slumpy posture
  • Low muscle tone
  • Ape-like walk
  • Problems with attention especially in stressful situations
  • Vision accommodation and tracking problems
  • Difficulty learning to swim
  • Difficulty reading
  • Usually skips crawling
  • Sits with legs in a W position
  • ADD
  • ADHD
  • Hyper activity or fidgety
  • Poor hand eye coordination
  • Problems looking between near and far sighted objects, like copying from a chalkboard
  • Sloppy eater
  • Rotated Pelvis
  • Even if they don’t display any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to do the quick test on them, as there may be other functions that are affected by it that are still unknown.

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Retained Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR)

Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex Exercises

The Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex, like the Spinal Gallant Reflex (SGR), helps the infant do their part of emergence through the birth canal and learn hand and eye control. You will notice it in an infant if you turn the head to one side. The arm and leg on the same side will straighten, while the arm and leg on the opposite side will flex. The Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex develops at 18 weeks after conception and should be integrated and gone by about 6 months after birth. If not, it can cause motor issues, reading, math, and other learning problems.

The connection between the hand and eyes help develop depth perception and eye-hand coordination. If ATNR is retained the child will have difficulty walking normally when turning his head or problems writing and reading when head movement is needed, which is always. For example, writing while looking back and forth to the blackboard or a book.

Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex Symptoms

  • Reading Difficulties
  • Hand eye coordination problems
  • Awkward walk or gait
  • Difficulty in school
  • Immature handwriting
  • Difficulty in sports
  • Math and reading issues
  • Poor balance
  • Eye, ear, foot, and hand dominance will not be on the same side
  • Difficulty in things that require crossing over the midline of the body
  • Poor depth perception
  • Shoulder, neck and hip problems
  • Even if they don’t display any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to do the quick test on them, as there may be other functions that are affected by it that are still unknown.

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