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Treatment for Dyslexia

The first step in treating dyslexia is early intervention, followed by multi-sensory teaching approach and emotional support.

Though the condition of dyslexia is life-long, the first step in treating the problem is early intervention. The earlier a dyslexic child is diagnosed, the easier it is for counselors to help them. With proper guidance, a dyslexic child can overcome his difficulties to a large extent and have a better life. This is done in a two- phased approach. The first phase is teaching the child using a multi-sensory learning procedure. The second phase is the emotional support extended by the counselor.

The multi-sensory approach

The key to helping a dyslexic child is through multi-sensory learning methods. Academic concepts need to be broken into concepts that can be explained using multi-sensory inputs of touch, smell and sound. Dr. Samuel Torrey Orton pioneered this technique in the mid 1920s in US.

As each letter is learned, children also learn to distinguish the sound of it. In a typical scenario of multi-sensory learning, the teacher may make the sound and the child may be asked to write the letter.

Emotional support extended by the counselor/ teacher

A dyslexic child may need the help of a counselor who will be working in tandem with the instructor in school, so that between the teacher in the classroom and the counselor at other times, a dyslexic child gets the maximum help that will make him work in the same pace as his classmates.

It is important to remember here that dyslexia does not mean any disinterest to learn, but means an impediment to learning that will need some extra help. One way to help such children will be to give them extra time to finish their assignments, help them in taking down class notes etc. Often taped books and texts help them learn better, as does the use of a computer in helping them to write.

A dyslexic person will also be requiring counseling to deal with the stress of additional work hours, and emotional problems associated with it.

There are some technologies available in the markets that are designed to help the dyslexic people. Some of these are the following -
  • HELP ReadTM - Also called Hawaii Education Literacy Project, this program reads web pages and texts. The program supports English language and can perform a number of functions like customizing the pronunciation of mispronounced words, highlighting words or sentences while reading, looking up definitions, linking through the net to classic works of literature and many others. This is free software package that can be downloaded from the site the HELP Read site.
  • TextAssist® 3.0 - This is a program that not only can perform some of the functions of HELP Read, but also some extra functions like ability to read any form of Windows applications like HTML, or Word, or emails. It also has increased text size and ability to highlight text as it reads.
  • Java Jive - This software is jointly developed by IBM and Sun Computers for hands-free PC operations for dyslexic and blind people. The program is able to read aloud the icons in the screen along with instructions for using the keyboard in lieu of mouse.

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Employ dyslexia test for children, whenever you find your children finding it difficult to read with speed and accuracy.
Dynaread Thursday, November 17, 2011
consider this: if a (q)appears as a (p) and a (d) appears as a (b) qp db / bd pq when looked upon in a mirror. then the visual condition is neither Dyslexia nor Dysgraphia but rather the term strephosymbolia(Twisted Symbols) should be made use of . the term was coined by Dr. S.D. Orton to explain why people view text as if in a mirror & why they write in mirrored text (Backwards)from right to left , they must write in this text format in order to precieve text as if in standard format from left to right. No known medical cure to date, the gene DCDC2 linked to C6 & C15 cause strephosymbolia. paschar
paschar Wednesday, April 21, 2010
This article is the problem with dyslexia. We are not ill or in need of treatment We have #D vision and can see so much more than most people. Learning to discipline that power is a rather different story, and being forced to interact with the 2D world, i.e. reading, takes special skills. But, we are great readers, often lovers of books, yet even better writers- precisely because we engage with language using all our senses. We read, but also 'see' the words, imagine the situation and from there our creativity really takes off. We read better out loud or when hearing someone read, and even envision the words on the page when we hear, while at the same time imagining the scene described and the possibilities in that space. Maps are also 2D representations that pose us problem, but once we have a visual image to anchor the 2D map, we can 'read' it better than any one AND retain the images in our memories, returning to places we've visited just once, etc. We know space, and are often in creative fields, but especially where we move through space and time, using the maxim number of our senses, which takes advantage of the 3D vision.
Diepiriye Sunday, October 25, 2009
hi. i have two daughter's who were diagnosed with dyslexia. my older one u could see it more then the other one. my advice to some of u is to find a parent chat room for dyslexic children n they will give u advice n share different things with u. this is how i learned to cope with this.
cheryle Wednesday, September 30, 2009
my son, 11 years of age has dyslexia,actuallly i have noknowledge about that diseses,is it curable at d age of 11 or not plz rub me the way
linapattnaik Wednesday, December 17, 2008
i'm sorry but there is no cure but u as a parent need to learn how to help your child
cheryle Wednesday, September 30, 2009
dyslexia is a curable disease,u know how to help your child in his school activities,dont get tensed with his activities..take ur child for regular counselling...ur child can be cured.

guest Sunday, May 16, 2010
i am in coimbatore .my daughter, 4 yrs of age has dyslexia. please help me in getting her admitted in a suitable school in coimbatore, tamilnadu, india
selvakumarj Thursday, November 20, 2008
did you get seat for your daughter in coimbatore , if so can inform me , my age of 12 in same condition
guest Friday, December 11, 2009
1. YOU CAN , No 2, Opp To Petrol Pump, New Thillai Nagar, Pappanaickenpudur, Coimbatore - 641041. 2.Vidya Vikasini Opportunity School No 66-D, Mettupalayam Road, Thudialur, Coimbatore - 641034 Contact these schools. They r giving good Assiatance.
guest Monday, August 9, 2010
I have fallen for a dyslexic girl - she is so organised and sweet but I get confused by her seeming lack of emotional feedback into how our relationship is going. She doesnt let me kiss her on the lips and when I touch her it is with great anxiety. I ask her about us and she says shes happy as it is. I dont know if I can continue without more comittment from her. She says that it is her dyslexia which is messing things up.. Can this be true. Can anyone shed any light on why she is like this?
Tony01 Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sounds more like she is blaming dyslexia for something else going on. Dyslexia does not directly have an effect on emotion.
guest Monday, May 31, 2010
strephosymbolia aka mirror image vision, see new keyboard @ it solved my problem as to being able to read my keyboard, the solution was so simple,
guest Friday, June 29, 2007

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