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Dyslexia: What does it mean if my child has dyslexia?
Dyslexia, also called Developmental Reading Disorder (DRD), is a learning disability highlighted by the brain’s inability to recognize and process certain symbols. Dyslexia usually becomes noticeable in the early elementary grades when a child has difficulty learning to read. Reversing letters and numbers is a common early sign of dyslexia; a child may also have trouble copying off the blackboard or learning rhymes, and he may be generally disorganized about written assignments.
Dyslexia is common, with as much as 10 to 15% of the population in industrial countries experiencing it to some degree. It falls under the category of learning disabilities, but the dyslexic person is in no way unintelligent: many people with dyslexia have average to above average intelligence levels. It is not related to mental retardation, brain damage, or any deficiency in vision. Often dyslexia runs in families, and it is more common in boys. Although it is commonly known as a childhood issue, dyslexia persists into adulthood, and many, many adults struggle to read simply because their brains have trouble processing written characters.
My child has been diagnosed with dyslexia. What do I do?
Early intervention is best. A child with dyslexia left untreated can become frustrated with school and with learning, which can lead to symptoms mimicking depression, acting out through negative behavior, or generally “hating school” because they feel “dumb” and less capable of learning and performing than they actually are. As with many learning disabilities, your child’s school and physician can help identify modifications to lessons and the style of learning that can help your child cope with dyslexia.
What is neurofeedback and how can it help dyslexia?
Neurofeedback is a safe and effective treatment for dyslexia and many other learning disabilities and disorders. The brains of dyslexic individuals have trouble processing written symbols like a “normal or typical” brain; neurofeedback, therefore, targets the brain waves involved in reading and spelling and trains them to behave “normally.” Neurofeedback specialists such as those at Dallas Brain Changers can use a qEEG, or Brain Map, to identify the brainwaves which are not working within normal parameters, and train them to work more effectively.
Clients typically respond to neurofeedback rapidly, with significant results noted within a few months of starting treatment. For the dyslexic child, this can mean marked improvement in spelling and reading, as well as academics and attitude about school in general. Neurofeedback is painless and effortless for the patient; it does not involve the use of medication, and it produces permanent results.
I am an adult and was diagnosed with dyslexia as a child. Can neurofeedback help me?
Yes! Although early intervention is always best, it is never too late to use tools such as neurofeedback to improve your language skills. Even if they received appropriate tutoring and assistance as a child, dyslexic individuals can struggle with written language all their lives, which can make career situations even more challenging. In normalizing the brain waves, neurofeedback can assist the dyslexic adult with processing written language more effectively.
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Dr. Stephanie Golder, MA, ThD, Stephen Minister, Hemispheric Life Coach
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