Right-Brain Dyslexia Responds Well to Right-Brain Programs
Matthew and Jennifer both had above 120 IQs, but reading comprehension, math word problems and homework all caused incredible stress.
Their parents had been diligent — Matthew and Jennifer had been to many programs — Kumon, Huntington, Orton-Gillingham and the Wilson Program (R).
They were both good readers, but reading comprehension was a challenge.
With the new Common Core Standards or Florida State Standards, they were having much more difficulty with grade level text and the standardized tests were much harder.
When their parents came across this visual, Jennifer’s parents said, “That’s my kid”
When Matthew’s parents came across the visual, they were not aware of a learning difference or an eye-teaming issue.
Right-Brain Learners often Have Attention and/or Eye Teaming Challenges
Our on-line Success Assessment at our Dyslexia Page, allows you to discover if your child learns differently and if your child appears to have an attention and/or eye-teaming challenge.
As described in this article on What Causes Dyslexia, the author discusses the weaker left-brain, that handles both language and the sound symbol relationship, and a weaker connection between the right and left brains.
We have found that dyslexia or problems with reading are made even worse by a combination of attention and eye-teaming challenges.
Now let’s consider why Matthew and Jennifer struggled with logical, sequential and auditory programs:
– The programs try to remediate the weaker side of the brain and not capitalize on the student’s right-brain strengths
– The programs did not work on left and right side brain integration
– The programs did not even formally acknowledge the attention problems, which may have been masked by the 1-on-1 or small group setting.
– One of the programs referred Matthew out for an eye-exam, which turned out to be negative — meaning no problem was found. Unfortunately, there was a significant eye-teaming issue that resulted in Matthew skipping words and lines when reading
Right-brain programs that are more visual and hands-on will play to the right-brain learners strengths.
Most right-brain programs do not formally address the right and left-brain integration
Most right-brain programs are more engaging, but they do not formally identify or address the attention and/eye-teaming issues.
So a right-brain program may well be better, but what is best is a
Right-brain Program that Capitalizes on strengths of the right-brain learner, and identifies and addresses the relevant brain integration, attention and eye-teaming challenges.
If Your Child Has Right-Brain Dyslexia, First Uncover the Other Hidden Challenges
It is equally important to see if your child is a right-brain learner as it is to see if your child has an attention, eye-teaming or related challenge.
It is even more important to find professionals who can:
– Teach to your right-brain learner’s strengths
– Help your child to significantly improve his or her reading speed and comprehesion
– Help your child to learn to love reading
– Significantly improve your child’s self-esteem and self-advocacy skills
– Help you to be the coach and advocate your child needs
For more information take the on-line assessment at our Right-Brain Dyslexia Page and give us a call at 561-361-7495