Posted by: minnow | February 1, 2008

Dyslexia-A Couple More Facts

In my first blog about Dyslexia I made several statements that I did not back up with any evidence.  I would like to repeat some of what I said before and reference the International Dyslexia Association, the Child Development Institute, and The Dyslexia Center websites as my sources for this information.

While it is generally agreed that Dyslexia is a neurological disorder that is inherited the exact functions of the brain which are affected are not known.  According to The Dyslexia Center a “difference in brain structure” causes the “incoming and outgoing information to get scrambled”.  The Child Development Institute agrees with my earlier assertion that Dyslexics “do not exhibit these symptoms due to poor vision or hearing.  The eyes and ears are working properly but the lower center of the brain scrambles images or sounds before they reach the higher center of the brain.”

I over-stated the intelligence issue by saying Dyslexics often scored higher on IQ tests.  The truth is that Dyslexia does not affect intelligence. 

According to the International Dyslexia Association additional signs (to those I mentioned in my first post) that a child may be Dyslexic are: difficulty counting, saying the alphabet, reciting the days of the week, and knowing the months of the year in order; being unable to clap to a rhythm; trouble remembering the names of people and places; not being able to sit still; and having difficulty following directions with more than one step.  The Dyslexic Center supports my statement that reading, writing, (and they add math) taught using traditional methods may be impossible for a Dyslexic student to master.  And, the IDA concurs that up to 20% of the population may have some degree of Dyslexia.  It goes on to recommend that children be tested as early as possible so that appropriate teaching methods and accommodations can be utilized.

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  1. I looked for contact information on your blog because I wanted to send this to you personally rather than as a comment. I know we have differences.

    Here are a couple of pieces of information from your source dyslexiacenter.com.
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    A collection of symptoms in reading: Dyslexia causes the omission of words; letters in words; or not “seeing” a word; addition of words; transpositions (switching) of letter order;

    Vision Complains of feeling or seeing non-existent movement while reading, writing, or copying.
    Difficulty with vision, yet standard eye exams don’t reveal a problem.
    Keen-sighted and observant, but may lack depth perception and peripheral vision.

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    Now you may want to think that those are not vision related and that is fine. Visual problems only affect a minority of dyslexics although they often co-exist with the more common language processing problems of most dyslexics.

    Also notice that the dyslexia center says dyslexics may lack depth perception. I mention on my web site that my see Right Dyslexia Glasses restores normal depth perception to dyslexics with poor depth perception 100% of the time. They also are the only intervention that can restore normal depth perception for dyslexics.

    The visual symptoms mentioned by dyslexiacenter .com can and are removed when using See Right Dyslexia Glasses.
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    Is dyslexia inherited? I said some dyslexics have dyslexic parents and some don’t. Dyslexic parents may or may not have dyslexic children. That is true and to say dyslexia is inherited infers to me that someone has found a dyslexia gene that predispositions someone to dyslexia as has been reported in the media several times.
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    Below is a quote from researchers that found an association between a gene and dyslexia that some writers described as finding the dyslexia gene.
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    The researchers themselves caution:

    ” As an aside, it is worth being healthily sceptical when you
    read any exciting media reports stating that ‘Scientists find
    the gene for dyslexia’. Such stories have already appeared a few
    times over the years (on some occasions in reference to our own work),
    and have often claimed that this is the first time that a ‘gene for
    dyslexia’ has been identified. What these news stories should have said
    was: ‘some scientists think they have identified a region on a chromosome
    where there might be a gene which influences dyslexia’. The latter might
    not sell newspapers, but is a good deal more accurate, since no-one has
    yet isolated a specific gene that predisposes to dyslexia; at least not
    at the time of writing – February 2003. (Even once identified, such genes
    are not really ‘genes FOR dyslexia’, although this terminology is sometimes
    used as a convenient shorthand. They are most likely to be genes involved in
    some fundamental aspects of brain function, which when mutated lead to increased
    risk of having reading problems. But again the true story is not so easy to tell…..) ”
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    Dyslexia was once thought to be only visual. When that was proven to not be the case the reports said dyslexia is not visual at all. While many have taken that to be true and report the facts as such, the reality is that a minority of dyslexics have visual problems that are the primary cause of their reading difficulties.

    I find that people who claim that multi-sensory teaching works as an intervention for all dyslexics usually say dyslexia is not visual because their intervention doesn’t help visual dyslexics.

    Much of dyslexia research is done by psychologists and teachers who believe that if their results apply to most of the tested population they can report it as being true for everyone (or all dyslexics). Neither are interested in the minorities. They can get along fine with not being able to predict outcomes for individuals.

    Here is an example. If a psychologists discovers and promotes a parenting technique that reduces violence in children ( say spare the rod) and a child brought up that way takes an ax and chops up his parents, that does not mean the technique is wrong.

    The same is true for teachers. If a teaching method has 80% of the children taught reach a grade of C or better then it is a success. That has been the American standard for years.

    That is the type of background where most dyslexia information has come from. My background is scientific and I believe that science should be able to predict outcomes. That is why I restrict the claim for my dyslexia glasses to being able to remove the described visual problems that make reading a battle for visual dyslexics. If the visual problem can be described by an individual then the glasses will remove that visual problem 100% of the time.

    Feel free to visit my web site http://www.dyslexiaglasses.com for my contact information if you would rather have me respond to you by e-mail than blog.


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