Have you or a loved one tried numerous Dyslexia Treatments? Yet, you are still dealing with inability to comprehend time, poor writing, and difficulty reading?
If yes, Dr. Diane® and her integrative team of Brain Health Experts can provide both Help and Hope. There is a Way!®
It is estimated that 1 in 10 people have Dyslexia. Over 40 million American Adults are Dyslexic – and only 2 million know they are.
Of all the areas of Academic Performance, having difficulty with reading is the most stressful. Your brain is an intricate organ that governs the multitude of skills that are part of academic competency. As you would expect, the academic deficits that can surface after a brain injury vary depending on the site and extent of nerve-cell damage. With reading, writing, spelling, or math problems, the location of injury is believed to be the area between the back of the left parietal lobe and the left occipital lobe.
If the temporal lobe is affected by a brain injury, some degree of short- or long-term memory loss often occurs. If this happens, you may encounter problems with word and letter identification, reading comprehension, or remembering and applying the principles of phonics. If the back of the brain received the impact, the occipital lobe may be injured. This part of the brain oversees vision and recognition. Problems with eye movement and eye-hand coordination can result, as can difficulties with perception and with recalling words.
Our integrative team of Brain Health Experts provides various treatment modalities for all consequences of Dyslexia, and can work with your current providers to help you regain your life again. Depending on where you live in the world, the Brain Health Experts can provide virtual treatment, too. If this is not possible, Dr. Diane and/or the Brain Health Team will find someone in your locale to help you.
You are a unique person. How Dyslexia affects your brain and body is as unique as you are. Are you a hearty person, reactive, or sensitive? What type of childhood did you have? Each person brings a life history that has to be accounted for when determining which treatment is best. How often have you been prescribed medications that had many side effects, only because the person prescribing the medication or treatment did NOT take into account your reaction to it?
Dr. Diane® and her Brain Health Experts work as a unified team, which strongly believes that regardless of the presenting problem or situation, you as a person should be seen from the five distinct views that make up our approach: physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, and energy. Often these areas intertwine and each needs to be addressed, yet Dr. Diane® looks for the core issue. Then your individual treatment program is developed based on conventional, complimentary, and alternative treatment methods. These methods are often modified to meet your specific needs and goals as you progress in regaining your life.
While deficits in reading, writing, spelling, or using numbers are easy to recognize, they can stem either from problems with your hand muscles or from parietal-lobe damage. Mathematical disabilities can originate in the left or the right side of the brain. In addition, your diminished skills may stem from a combination of problems rather than from injury to just one area of the brain.
If your Dyslexia has left you with academic problems, your physician or other health-care provider should refer you to a Neuropsychologist for evaluation. You will be interviewed, examined, and given a variety of tests to assess cognitive and academic skills and compare them with your previous level of functioning. The results should determine the nature and extent of your problems and point the way toward treating your deficits.
A Neurologist with a sub-specialization in the branch of Neurology pertaining to changes in a person’s behavior, personality, or intellect because of brain damage. Dr. Jorge Gonzelez, M.D., is our Behavioral Neurologist on Dr. Diane’s Brain Health Team.
An in-depth Neurological evaluation has several parts. The first step is to obtain detailed information about the circumstances of the injury and resulting symptoms. This includes a thorough medical history, including family history, prior illnesses, injuries or infections, and information about developmental milestones such as walking, talking, and social skills. Also requested is information about alcohol and medication usage, as well as use of recreational substances, and any history of psychological trauma. The Neurologist also gathers information about hearing, vision, sleeping, work- or school-related interactions, and physical appearance.
Next is a test of the cranial nerves. This provides information about vision, taste, facial expression, chewing, swallowing, balance, and the ability to speak. You may be asked to smile, follow the doctor’s finger with your eyes, or listen for certain sounds during this part of the exam. Then components of motor function will be assessed, including walking, the ability to stand on one foot, blinking, mouth movements, and eye-hand coordination. In addition, the evaluator may request specific diagnostic tests to determine the nature of the suspected brain injury. He or she may also refer you to a Neuropsychologist for an evaluation of your current level of functioning.
A licensed Psychologist with specialized training and/or board certification in the assessment of brain function. Dr. Diane® is a Neuropsychologist and a board certified Health Psychologist.
There are two vital components to evaluating the brain: its structure and how it is functioning. Tests that evaluate the structure of the brain look at the location of injuries to the brain, such as the gray mater, white matter, or vascular system. Tests of function, on the other hand, provide information on how well the brain is able to perform any given task. The following are some of the Neurodiagnostic measures most frequently used with mTBI patients. These are divided into tests based on blood flow in the brain, and tests based on the neuro-electrical system and neuroconnectivity. For more in-depth information, it is important to consult with your Physician or Neurologist about the diagnostic method best suited to your circumstances.
This diagnostic test is a computerized EEG that can detect not only dysregulation of neuroconnectivity, but can also determine the brain’s level of communication and function between the hubs. This technique involves recording brain waves as signals played into a computer. The technician measures the time delay between nerve impulses, as well as the time it takes for signals to be transmitted from one region to another. By comparing this information to certain standards, a specialist can often detect and diagnose a neurological basis for the consequences of Dyslexia, linking brain injury to brain behavior. One of the fascinating applications of qEEG data is the Loreta program, which reconfigures the data into a deep image of the brain and reveals the area of dysfunction.
There are special study strategies and other therapeutic activities that can help you improve or regain academic abilities. First, is to change your diet and get restorative sleep. Eating more protein, such as Omega 3 enriched foods, while eliminating cane sugar is essential. The brain needs to repair itself with good nutrition and sound sleep. Martha Lindsay is a nutrition educator, who is a member of our Brain Health expert Team.
If necessary, you can also be helped to find ways to circumvent deficient skills. A Speech and Language Pathologist, Learning-disabilities Specialist, or other special educator can help you set reasonable goals throughout your recovery, suggest materials and exercises, and work with you to attain these goals. Amy Karas is a Speech and Language Pathologist on our team of Brain Health Experts, who specializes in remediating cognitive and memory issues and can help you learn new methods of storing and retrieving information.
There are many specific treatment techniques that may be used, depending on your particular problems and individual learning style. Taking frequent breaks, developing a structured schedule, and breaking assignments into smaller pieces are some helpful strategies.
Occupational therapy may be recommended, especially if you need to overcome visual or small-muscle impairments or learn new techniques for dispatching troublesome tasks at work. In addition, Psychotherapy and family counseling can help you cope with the feelings of frustration and despair that can stem from having suddenly diminished academic abilities.
Exercise is extremely important to help the dysfunctional brain become regulated again. Physical therapy techniques help with balance, motor coordination, muscle movement, tone, spasm, and strength. Joan Flynn is our Physical Therapist, and she also does Cranial Sacral methods that help stabilize brain function. Various types of massage therapy, such as Repetitive Usage Injury Therapy (RUIT), structural massage, and integrative massage, are also very helpful.
Specialized treatment can help with internal control, such as Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Breathing. Thermal and EMG Biofeedback can increase muscle responsiveness and coordination, and control discomfort. Neurofeedback can help to normalize electrical activity in the motor areas of the brain and enhance motor reflexes. Dr. Diane, who taught learning disability at the graduate level at Tufts University, has successfully worked with numerous individuals with Dyslexia using Neurofeedback. However, these techniques can present a challenge for people with concentration or attention-span difficulties.
There are various types of indirect physical therapy treatment designed to heal and strengthen muscles and improve balance, coordination, and flexibility. One of these, the Burdenko Method, involves dynamic water- and land-based movement exercises. Dr. Burdenko is a member of the Brain Health Experts. The water portion is done in a vertical position using flotation devices to help you achieve natural traction, allowing gravity to gently separate the vertebrae. The land exercises are an extension of these therapeutic movements.
Acupuncture has helped in this area, along with Neurofeedback, which can help the brain become regulated again in the specific areas related to academics. EyeQ is a computer based program specifically designed for reading speed and comprehension.
Reiki, Polarity and QiGong can be very effective in helping specific areas of academic performance. Clara Diebold is the Reiki Master on our Brain Health Team of Experts. There are specific Bach Flowers, herbs and homeopathics that may help. Dr. Diane is a Bach Flower Practitioner.
Dr. Diane® Brain Health utilizes state of the art and cutting edge technology and has the Solutions and ResourcesSM to get you feeling your best. The Dr. Diane® integrative team of Brain Health Experts is trained in conventional, complementary and alternative specialties. This team, using 5 Prong Approach, will provide you with a customized Dyslexia Treatment program, because Dr. Diane® sees each person as a unique individual and knows that one method does not fit everyone.
If Dyslexia is keeping you from living a full life, call our office at 800.500.9971 or fill out our contact form to schedule an in-person, phone, or Skype consultation and start regaining your life! There is a Way!®