What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a learning disorder that impacts nearly 500,000 people each year. Dyslexia is a neurological and sometimes genetic condition which affects the way the brain processes graphic symbols. This can affect the way the brain processes are written material making decoding and spelling extremely difficult. While dyslexia is a learning disability that you should be concerned about, it is not linked to intelligence or the result of poor teaching.
5 Myths About Dyslexia!
1. It’s A Boy Thing: Not True. Dyslexia affects both genders. However, boys tend to act out more and thereby drawing more attention toward solving their challenge.
2. Dyslexia is Reading Backwards: Not True. Dyslexia challenges can impact reading letters in many ways or even affect number skills, speaking, and even socializing.
3. They Just Need to Try Harder: Not True. True brain functioning differences are proven for children with dyslexia and it has been found that brain-based interventions like Neurofeedback work best.
4. Dyslexia is a Sign of Low IQ: Not True. It affects children of all IQ levels. Most of the children who have been treated, with proper support, go on to college and beyond.
5. Dyslexia is not Curable: Not True. Dyslexia is a brain-based condition that with proper intervention can change the brain permanently and allow the patient to be free of dyslexia symptoms and help them to reach their fullest potential.
At Leigh Brain & Spine, Dr. Trish Leigh is highly trained and will assess your child’s brain functioning in a non-invasive yet highly specialized way, allowing them to determine the proper course toward helping those affected areas perform better. With proper treatment, the symptoms can be reduced and alleviated helping your child to reach their fullest potential. Call (919) 401-9933 today to schedule an appointment that will help diagnose or treat your loved one’s dyslexia.
What Causes Dyslexia?
At this point in time, the cause of dyslexia is still not completely known. We do know that dyslexia can be the result of genetics, brain injuries, a stroke, or a trauma. There are other cases where a person is just born with dyslexia for reasons unknown. Science is still determined to find out why.
What are the symptoms of Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is often associated with delayed reading development in children. Often times testing proves that dyslexia is not necessarily the case. Delayed reading might be the result of lack of interest, teaching methods, etc. The most common signs and symptoms of dyslexia in children include:
- Difficulty in learning to read.
- Learning how to crawl, walk, talk, or ride a bike later than expected.
- Slow speech development.
- Difficulties with coordination.
- Slow at learning symbols, numbers, and the alphabet.
- Reversing numbers and letters without realizing it.
- Speech problems.
- A short concentration span.
Dr. Leigh will work with you to test and diagnose dyslexia and ensure the signs and symptoms are corrected so the patient can go on to live a happy and fulfilling life.
Neurofeedback, The #1 Way to Overcome Dyslexia!
Neurofeedback is a relaxing, non-invasive form of treatment for Dyslexia that measures the brains electrical waves with a cutting-edge device called an electroencephalograph (EEG). There are five brain waves the EEG can observe. These are known as alpha, beta, gamma, delta, and theta waves. If the EEG discovers that there are some abnormalities in the brain waves, then dyslexia or another condition such as ADHD or SPD might be present. Dr. Leigh will then work with both children and adults that suffer from this condition to train them on how to use their brain in a different manner so they can overcome the challenges they are having with their dyslexia or other condition if present.
For the patient, the training is surprisingly easy. Dr. Leigh begins the dyslexia treatment by gently attaching electrodes to the patient’s head to measure brain activity. This allows Dr. Leigh to monitor the patient’s brain waves while having them perform simple tasks. The process involves observing how the brain responds to sound and other forms of stimuli. Through behavior modification, this approach can alter, amplify, and interrupt brain activity based on the feedback from the EEG. This will slowly alter the brain waves. As the brain waves change, so do the symptoms of dyslexia.
Neurofeedback is an effective treatment rated a #1 Best Support by both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association. While Neurofeedback works well as a dyslexia treatment, it can also help children and adults overcome challenges associated with the brain including ADHD, SPD, OCD, autism and even anxiety.
A Note to Parents of Children with Dyslexia:
If your child been officially diagnosed with dyslexia or do you suspect that they are dealing with dyslexic challenges, then you are not alone. Almost 1 in 5 kids have dyslexia to some degree. Many of the kids at my office are highly intelligent and articulate but have difficulty reading, writing or spelling. This can be especially prevalent when taking written tests.
We show kids how learning through visual and hands-on experiences can help them improve. Many times it appears to teachers that the child is not trying hard enough or are not engaged enough in their work. This can result in the child feeling “dumb” and having poor self-esteem. This is where Leigh Brain and Spine can help.
If you suspect your child or student might have dyslexia call (919) 401-9933 to speak with Dr. Leigh to set up an appointment to have your child tested for dyslexia immediately.
Leigh Brain and Spine is proud to have earned the distinction as a Certified Brain Health Coach Center and is a proud member of the Amen Clinics referral network.