By definition Dyslexia is a ‘learning disability where acquiring and processing language is manifested in lacking the proficiency to read, spell and write’. It is a very serious anomaly in today’s world where all these activities are essential for a successful life. Quite often children live with this without being diagnosed and treated ‘badly’ in different environments. It Is of an utmost importance to state that Dyslexia does not co-relate to Intelligence as in ‘sufferers’ do not lack intelligence, and their sight/vision is usually perfectly normal.

As a learning disorder Dyslexia cannot be ‘cured’ but children can be successful while at school and later on in life. There is also no medication that can be used to treat dyslexia though some dyslexic children can suffer from ADHD and therefore may require some medication to function well. Let us examine what therapies exist for this disorder.

Dyslexia and Learning Therapy

One of the most successful therapies at present is so-called Learning or Educational Therapy. For the children that suffer from dyscalculia (problems with numbers) a therapist can help by tutoring strategies for working with numbers. This will remove the anxiety that children often ad to their ‘problems’. Similarly the work a therapist performs will be enforced when the problem is reading or writing. A short list of actions a good therapist will perform follows:

  • Identifying various behavior issues that can cause this disorder, including a thorough examination of each child and determining character traits;
  • Teaching both children and their parents/minders how to improve concentration, memory and attention;
  • Crating a good and positive environment for the children to work in and develop as that will build their confidence and performance;
  • Performing as a true ‘connection’ between home and school (this is where involving parents is essential).

More often than not the therapist comes from the ‘special education’ type of a background for a related field. That enables them to collect all important information, work out a ‘program’ and present it in simple terms to all parties involved in this therapy. It also introduces the fact that they usually have a ‘personal’ style which will relax a child in building a trust and willingness to go through the process of the therapy to the end.

Good example for the above mentioned is Houston Tutoring, where a special technique/method has been developed, a so-called the ‘Blue Book Method’.  What does this involve? Students start with acquiring phonemic sounds with words, first with vowels and then moving on to consonants. This method is designed not just for school children but for adults too. Often adults will reach to quite an age without ‘proper’ or structured training for Dyslexia so it is not uncommon for a person to start the training later on in life. At the same time it is important to mention that the training is also a ‘fun’ thing to do and students react to it well and positively.

With hard work come the good results and there is no activity or effort too complex to embark upon in order to enable each person to function fully in life. That is the secret behind these programs and they will continue to improve with every new procedure.