Dyslexia is one of the most recognized learning disabilities, but it’s not truly understood. All too often, a child or adult is diagnosed and then immediately put on Ritalin or a similar pharmaceutical. Rarely is the topic of reversing dyslexia brought up, much less discussed.
If you’ve been reading this blog for very long, you know that dyslexia can be reversed. However, it takes a willingness to think outside the box of medications and special classes. It requires an open mind, and you must be willing to put in the time and effort that reversing dyslexia requires.
I thought it would be fun to list some facts about dyslexia, brain development, and “the system”. Here we go…
- Neurofeedback, one of the non-invasive treatments we use for dyslexia, has many studies and a mountain of evidence proving that it works. It’s been around for half a century but is deemed unproven by the medical profession.
- Between the ages of six months and two years, the reptilian brain (our primitive brain that focuses on our survival) and the limbic system (our emotional brain that’s concerned with bonding) are developing. In children with dyslexia, the brains don’t communicate well. Be sure to let your child develop properly. Give him or her plenty of time to crawl—don’t push him or her to walk. Crawling develops hand-eye coordination and helps the brain lay its neural pathways correctly.
- Physical fitness is linked to IQ and the ability to learn. A study was done in Sweden on a million young men in the army. A high level of physical fitness correlated with a higher IQ, even in identical twins.
- Vigorous play helps the body use dopamine, which allows children with dyslexia or ADHD to sit longer during lessons. Recess really is a necessary part of your child’s day.
- The educational and medical establishments focus on what is “wrong” or “missing” and almost completely ignore what is right about your child. A backwards way of looking at it, isn’t it? The same educational establishment values ability in math and science highly. It doesn’t value ability in music and the arts nearly as much. As many dyslexics are highly talented in the visual and auditory arts, they are overlooked twice by the system.
- Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change and rewire itself. Yes, your brain can adapt! Your brain (and your child’s) is constantly changing and developing, even into your golden years, if you stimulate it with new ideas, challenges, and problems to solve. This also means we can reverse dyslexia.
- Children with dyslexia utilize different areas of their brains than those without dyslexia. The non-dyslexics use the front, sides, and back of the brain, while dyslexics primarily use the front. The interesting part is that the front of the brain views the word as one unit, while the back and sides discern sounds and patterns in words. What this means is that dyslexics don’t sound out words. Books Neural Therapy™ helps to establish better pathways to the sides and back of the brain to make reading easier.
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