Strength-Based Dyslexia Treatment vs a More Traditional Dyslexia Treatment
A Strength-based Dyslexia Treatment may be very different from the Dyslexia Treatment.
A parent called who had spent over $30,000 on an expensive dyslexia treatment. She had looked for Dyslexia Testing in Boca Raton and a Dyslexia Treatment in Boca Raton, but they all seemed to be the same. Then she saw these questions:
– Does your child remember places visited, even from years ago?
– Does your child remember details from movies, even if your child missed the plot?
– Does your child learn best when your child sees and experiences information?
She was surprised to learn that her child was a visual learner who learned differently than the way most dyslexia programs work
She asked three questions:
- What percentage of students with dyslexia do you believe are visual learners?
- Why isn’t there a condition called visual learner with dyslexia?
- Why isn’t there a strength-based dyslexia treatment for the visual learner with dyslexia?
We estimate that 80% of the students with dyslexia are a visual learner. Dyslexia tutors have told us we are probably low
For a number of years, dyslexia was not the term people wanted their child identified as. Then, partially due to the work of Dr. Sally Shaywitz, there has been a resurgence of dyslexia — parents are now embracing dyslexia. but …
The prevailing wisdom is that all students with dyslexia respond to a phonics-based program.
Our son and daughter were diagnosed with dyslexia, but they did not do well with phonic-based dyslexia programs.
That is why Mira Halpert, M.Ed., developed a strength-based program for the visual learner with dyslexia. We did not call it a strength-based dyslexia treatment until our parents suggested it.
What are the seven key differences between a the #3D Learner Program and a typical dyslexia treatment. Our students needs to:
1- Understand what the frequently used words mean — words like what, why, but, if, except
2- Learn how to master words they have seen and not mastered
3- Create pictures or a video for what they read
4- Have their attention, eye-teaming and/or related issues identified and addressed
5- Be shown how to do things — that respond poorly when all they hear or see are words, words and more words
6- Have parents who know how to be the Coach and Advocate their child needs
7- Learn how to self-advocate
The biggest similarity between our program and a typical dyslexia treatment is that they all need to address phonics, phonemic awareness, reading fluency, vocabulary and reading comprehension. The big difference is that we build the foundational skills first, that will allow a student to master the phonics-based rules much quicker. One mom who chose to do our program first and then the Lindamood Bell Program (R) told us her son their program in 3 months when the instructot told her it would take 18 months
As a parent, you could and should consider both. One well known option is the Lindamood-Bell Program (R). Some parents have had this dyslexia program done over 6 weeks in a 4 hour a day program or it could take 1, 2 and even 3 years when done with other programs. The challenge is these programs may not cover the unique problems that impact a right-brain learner.
The good news is that a child with right-brain dyslexia can often make dramatic gains in 4 to 8 months with the right right-brain program — that may be done in as short as a week, with comprehensive follow-up over the next 4 to 8 months.
We believe the best way to get started is to screen for whether your child is a right-brain learner and whether your child has an attention and/or eye-teaming issue
We do offer a no cost screening tool at 3D Learner