Is reading confusing for you or someone you know?
The term ‘Dyslexia’ might well describe a person’s reading difficulties but it doesn’t actually tell us what’s wrong.
In simple terms, think of your eyes as cameras and the brain as the computer. Now think of the cables that connect the eyes to the cameras…the same sort of thing is happening in our brains.
A problem with the cameras/eyes is optometric- this could be the most obvious problem!
A problem with the brain/computer is the generally that deeper phonological/dyslexic profile, involving processing/wiring problems on the left language side of the brain. Google brain scans/ Dr Sally Shaywitz.
A problem with the cables is Irlen Syndrome…a perceptual problem, where information gets out of synch, step or phase and creates inefficient and uncomfortable reading e.g. skipping lines or sentences, losing your place, squinting, blinking, frowning, sore or tired eyes etc. In other words reading is inefficient and often uncomfortable.
Irlen Filters, help by filtering the wavelength/s of light to improve both clarity and comfort. In much the same way that 3D lenses improve clarity and comfort at a 3D movie- so too do Irlen filters for those who wear them.
Irlen Syndrome is often involves light sensitivity and pattern confusion problem.
Fluorescent lights, whiteboards, interactive whiteboards, black and white printing and photocopying etc + the pattern confusion of small black words on white paper can trigger symptoms these perceptual problems… eye strain, headaches, skipping words, poor attention, words can be blurry etc.
Remember previous generations read off blackboards and newsprint under incandescent bulbs!
Irlen often manifests itself as a reading problem because we choose to read such small black words off such white paper. However for others Irlen is not just a reading problem but is also an environmental problem involving light sensitivity, depth perception, or migraines.
See www.irlen.com -take the self test.
Up to 40% of individuals with reading difficulties find Irlen helpful as a piece of the puzzle; for others it’s the computer/brain or optometric/eyes that create problems either in isolation or combination. Layers of problems require layers of solutions!
For the dyslexic profile we use the Cellfield Intervention. This simultaneously stimulates visual, auditory and motor functioning areas of the brain; neurons that fire together wire together! Peer reviewed in the Aust. Journal of Learning Disabilities 2005, with average gains of 1 to 2 years in a fortnight!
Cellfield doesn’t ‘cure’ dyslexia, because it’s not a disease that requires to be cured, but it certainly does kick-start those dormant areas of brain and makes reading a lot easier!See www.cellfiled.com