Is your child dyslexic? There is a lot of talk these days about dyslexia, probably more than ever before. An evolution of the definition appears to have taken place, and this has caused confusion for many parents.
The Classic Dyslexic
The classic dyslexic as described in the original literature by people like Drs Adolph Kussmaul and Rudolf Berlin (who first used the word dyslexia to describe someone who, in his terms was “word blind”) implied that the condition was genetic, and thereby incurable. Examples of such patients were not common, and they displayed an inability to recognise words, as well as the classic symptom of writing words in reverse.
The Modern Dyslexic
The problem is that, as the definition has morphed into pretty much any reading or writing difficulty, the assumption that the condition is incurable has not morphed in the same way. Dyslexia is now an extremely common diagnosis in some fields, and the problem is that many teachers, and parents, feel that it is a problem that nothing and no one will be able to help in any way.
Several innovations have attempted to help the child dyslexic, the most famous being coloured lenses (Irlen lenses). Less well known is the kind of treatments we offer in our practice, where we use conventional, clear lenses and innovative vision therapy to help dyslexic kids.
How Can We Help?
I’ll e honest, I’m not a fan of labels, especially when they are applied to a child who has enough problems learning! I see their usefulness at times, but I would rather prescribe a solution than a label any day.
Vision is the dominant sense in the classroom, and so it makes sense to examine it closely. Almost every child with a learning problem can see the print, so clearly we are going to have to go beyond the current medical model of so-called 20/20 vision.
Just because a child can see the print, does not mean they can learn effectively! Chimpanzees can see the print, but they cannot read, so again we are going to have to do better than a traditional eye examination.
Behavioural optometry looks at far more than a child’s ability to see, and we perform many complex tests looking at the child’s eye teaming and focussing, and their ability to decode and process words on a page.
Using specialised lenses, we find we can often dramatically improve a child’s focusing and concentration when it comes to reading and writing. But hey, concentration is only part of the solution, as any parent knows.
Vision Therapy to the Rescue
I have designed my own vision therapy course which trains the basic visual skills kids need when they learn. Glasses might help, but of the child is far behind we need to try something to catch them up fast.
Using our exclusive vision therapy course, many have seen not instant but sustained improvement in their children, whether they are dyslexic or carrying another label.
Why not have a look at our vision therapy here…
Or better still, call this number and make a time to come in for your BULK BILLED eye examination…