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…

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The Nightmare of Dyslexia

DyslexiaMany parents struggle with children who have been diagnosed as having dyslexia, and this can open a world of hurt and heartache. Once your child is diagnosed, it seems like you face a continuous uphill battle trying to get help for them that actually works. If you are like most parents, you not interested in the label, you are interested in helping your child improve in the of reading, writing and spelling.

Years ago the term dyslexia was reserved for people who were actually “word blind”, and it represented a minimal brain dysfunction that no one knew much about. However, these days the term dyslexia seems to refer to any child who is struggling to learn, especially those who reverse letters or numbers.

Most of these children struggling with dyslexia do not have brain dysfunction at all, but have developmental dysfunctions which can be helped. As a behavioural optometrist, I have spent the last 30 years helping these types of children, using lenses and vision therapy as tools to help them concentrate and focus longer, and to improve their actual school performance.

Dyslexia is Not about Glasses!

Many people are trying to find the right set of glasses that will cure dyslexia in the kids. The fact is, dyslexia is a developmental disorder and classes will not cure it, though they may help your child concentrate for longer and perform better.

I often use support lenses, which are special glasses designed to help children concentrate and focus on their schoolwork longer. This improves their concentration, and can lead to improvement in performance, but it does not necessarily cause an improvement in their learning.

The Missing Link in Dyslexia

I believe that most dyslexics experience developmental delays in the skills that they need to perform well in the classroom. These skills include eye movements, focus, eye teaming, left-right awareness, visualisation, hand eye coordination and a number of other skills.

While I cannot offer dyslexic children a quick fix, or a magic pair of glasses, coloured or otherwise, what I can offer them is the chance to do vision therapy and trained the visual skills that they need to achieve in school.

This therapy can be done at home and is extremely cost efficient. I do not have a single child doing this therapy that is not improving, either lot or a little.

So if your child has been diagnosed with dyslexia, don’t put up with the nightmare any longer than you have to! A behavioural optometrist could be the answer to your prayers and most often the solution to the nightmare of dyslexia.