An estimated 1 in 10 people have Dyslexia. Over 40 million American adults are dyslexic – and only 2 million know that they are. Have you or a loved one tried dyslexia treatments, but you are still dealing with issues understanding time, writing, and reading? If yes, Dr. Diane® and her team of Brain Health Experts can provide both Help and Hope. There is a Way!®
Dyslexia Treatment Experts
How dyslexia affects your brain is as unique as you are. Are you a hearty, reactive, or sensitive person? What type of childhood did you have? Did you know that your story will show what dyslexia treatments will be best for you?
No matter where you live in the world, the Brain Health Experts can either provide virtual treatment or find someone local that can help you. Dr. Diane® and her team of Brain Health Experts work as a team to find out what kind of dyslexia treatment you need. They use the 5 Prong Approach to do this. This approach looks at the physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, and energy parts of a person. To find the core issue of your memory problems, however, all these areas must be looked at. Your treatment program will be based on these core issues as well as conventional, complimentary, and alternative methods. These treatments are built to meet your specific needs as you overcome your challenges.
Diagnosing Academic Performance Problems
While problems in reading, writing, spelling, or using numbers are easy to spot, they can either stem from problems with the muscles in your hands or from brain (parietal-lobe) damage. On the other hand, problems doing math can start in the left or the right side of the brain. Lastly, the skills that are affected may come from other problems rather than from injury to just one area of the brain.
If you have academic problems because of dyslexia, your health-care provider can refer you to a neuropsychologist for testing. You will be interviewed, examined, and given a variety of tests to measure your cognitive and academic skills as compared with your level of skill before your injury. The results should show the nature and extent of your issues and point the way to treating the problem.
Dyslexia Diagnosis Specialists
A neurological evaluation has several parts. The first step is to get detailed information about the how the injury happened and the symptoms that came from it. This includes a medical history – including family history – prior illnesses, injuries or infections, and developmental milestones such as when you started walking, talking, and being social. Any history of trauma will be needed along with information about of alcohol, medication and use of recreational drugs. The neurologist will then gather basic information about hearing, vision, sleeping, work- or school-related relationships.
Next is a test of the cranial nerves. This gives the doctor 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 parts of motor function will be looked at, 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 skill.
A licensed psychologist with training and/or board certification in brain function assessment. Dr. Diane® is a Neuropsychologist and a board-certified Health Psychologist.
Conventional Dyslexia Treatments
There are other 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.
Speech and Language Pathology
If necessary, you can be taught to find ways to get around limited skills. A Speech and Language Pathologist, Learning-disabilities Specialist, or other special educator can help you set realistic goals during your recovery, suggest materials and exercises, and work with you to reach these goals.
Amy Karas is a Speech and Language Pathologist on our team of Brain Health Experts, who specializes in treating cognitive and memory issues and can help you learn new methods of remembering information.
Occupational therapy may be suggested if you need to overcome visual or small muscle issues or learn new skills for doing difficult tasks at work. There are many treatment methods that could be used depending on the problems you’re dealing with and your learning style. Taking breaks often, making a schedule, and breaking tasks into smaller parts are some helpful ideas.
Exercise is important in helping to regulate a damaged brain. Physical therapy methods help with balance, motor skills, muscle movement, tone, and strength. Anthony Percoco is our Physical Therapist, and he also does Craniosacral methods that help balance brain function. Certain types of massage therapy, such as Repetitive Usage Injury Therapy (RUIT) are also helpful.
Many other types of physical therapy help make muscles stronger, and improve a person’s balance, coordination, and how flexible they are. One of these, the Burdenko Method, uses water- and land-based movement exercises. The water exercises are done vertically using floating devices to help the body reach traction through gravity. The land exercises are the same as the water movements, but on land. Dr. Burdenko is a member of the Brain Health Experts Team.
Complementary Dyslexia Treatments
These treatments can help with control, such as Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Breathing. Thermal and EMG Biofeedback can increase muscle response and helps with pain. In the same way, Neurofeedback helps control electrical activity in the areas of the brain and strengthen motor reflexes. Acupuncture has also helped in this area. Dr. Diane, who taught Learning Disability at the graduate level at Tufts University, has successfully worked with many people with dyslexia using Neurofeedback. These methods, however, can be hard for people with attention issues. Also, there is a computer-based program called EyeQ is designed mainly for reading speed and comprehension.
Alternative Dyslexia Treatments
Finally, Reiki, Polarity and QiGong can be very helpful in improving areas of skill. Clara Diebold is the Reiki Master on our Brain Health Team of Experts. There are certain Bach Flowers, herbs and homeopathic remedies that may help treat dyslexia. Dr. Diane® is a Bach Flower Practitioner.