Let’s Talk About Dyslexia
Some sources estimate as many as 43 million children and adults in the United States experience some form of dyslexia, an educational diagnosis describing a wide spectrum of struggles with understanding the written word.
Don’t just read over that. Forty-three. Million. Struggling. Readers. Maybe as high as fifteen percent of the population.
It’s an epidemic.
The term dyslexia, from the Greek “dys” (difficult) + “lexis” (word), was first used by German Dr. Rudolf Berlin in 1887. Before that, the Germans called it “wortblindheit” -- literally, “word blindness”. Sounds about right.
So, what have we learned in the past 130 years?
First, dyslexia does not indicate low intelligence. It’s not unique to the United States. It’s not a new problem. It’s not a symptom of laziness. It’s not exclusive to children. It’s not a vision issue. It’s often comorbid with ADHD. It’s genetic.
And it’s brain-based. It’s brain-based!
While “word blindness” dates back at least a century, until the last few decades research was limited to observation, and treatment progress was minimal. We could not compare a strong reader’s brain with a dyslexic brain and pinpoint what was really going on. With brain imaging equipment, we can see that the language areas of the brain function differently for dyslexics. There is a breakdown in the neural roadways used for language.
So how can we rebuild those roadways? Can they be rebuilt?
At LearningRx, students work 1:1 with a certified cognitive trainer to do just that. Using tools developed by doctors and utilized across tens of thousands of readers, our trainers and students work with intensity and speed on core decoding skills such as Auditory Processing, Phonological Processing, Logic & Reasoning, Long-Term Memory, Working Memory, Visual Processing, Attention and Processing Speed.
Whether the student is an adult or a child, our innovative cognitive training can help the brain to develop new neural connections, thus expanding the neural network available to process reading as well as other activities.
Dyslexia is not a condemnation. Your brain can learn to make sense of reading, even enjoy it! Contact LearningRx to get started today.