Dyslexia Treatment or a Right-Brain Program
A Dyslexia Treatment that does not address sight word vocabulary puts the dyslexic student at great risk. This article from Understood, a site for Learning Disabilities and ADHD, suggests that Sight Words should be Memorized.
We agree that words like the, but, what, if and what must be memorized, but they also must be understood.
Students with dyslexia are often right-brain learners, who often have 3, 4 or 5 of the following challenges:
– Not understanding sight words
– Not recognizing words they have previously seen and not mastered
– Difficulty visualizing what the student has read
– Skipping words and lines when reading
– Difficulty paying attention to that which is boring or frustrating
The traditional dyslexia treatment focuses on phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary (i.e. for the harder words), reading fluency and reading comprehension.
These dyslexia treatments do not squarely address sight word vocabulary, visual recognition of words. visualization skills, eye-teaming issues and attention issues.
Most of the students we see are right-brain learners, many of whom have been through more than one dyslexia treatment, without the desired requirements.
We recognize that phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, reading fluency and reading comprehension are all important, but we believe is is even more important to identify and address the critical issues that might impact your child, if your child is a right-brain learner.
3D Learner recognizes that school-based assessments and outside psycho-educational testing tend to focus on phonics and reading fluency (i.e. how well a child reads out loud) and often do not identify or offer solutions that:
– Determine how your child learns best — often missing the right-brain learner who might benefit from a right-brain program
– Offer options to ADHD Medication — tools like the Interactive Metronome (R) and Brain Gym (R) can be quite helpful
– Identify or address eye-teaming issues — we have had ophthalmologists and neurologists who questioned the existence of an eye-teaming issues till the eye-teaming issues were identified in their child, grand child or patient
– Teach the student how to explain to others and to themselves what their strengths and challenges are
– Provide parents with the insights to understand their child, to reduce homework time and stress and to be the coach and advocate their child needs
– Allow teachers and other school personnel to understand the right-brain learner’s strengths and challenges
Mira Halpert, M.Ed., the developer of the 3D Learner Program (R) has written a book titled “Life is a Ball, Do Not Put Me in a Box) and developed a screening tool that can help parents, grandparents, educators and others to understand the right-brain learner.
We are dedicated to helping every parent, grand parent and interested party to understand the right-brain learner’s strengths and challenges. Towards that end, we offer a no cost screening tool to help parents and others to see if your child appears to be a right-brain learner and whether your child has an attention or eye-teaming issue.
Before deciding between a dyslexia treatment or a right-brain program read…
Mira’s book and do the screening tool with your child at 3D Learner