Dyslexia can be considered a neurological language processing disorder affecting the skills required for accurate reading and spelling. Dyslexia is not I.Q. dependent and can occur across a range of intellectual abilities.
Difficulties the child may experience:
Recognition of words
Poor verbal memory
Slow verbal processing speed
Poor organisational skills
Poor short term memory
Low concentration levels
Difficulty understanding the concept of what is being said
Difficulty understanding the phonology of words.
Aims of therapy:
The aim of therapy is to remove any neurological reflexes which affect reading and spelling, thereby enhancing the communication between the visual and the verbal sides of the brain.
The therapy aims to:
Improve spelling and reading
Increase verbal memory storage
Increase verbal processing skills
Enhance concentration and organisational levels
Improve inter-hemisphere communication and processing speed
Increase understanding of verbal concepts and enhance auditory processing skills.
A reflex such as the Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR) is known to retain in a high number of children with literacy difficulties. At Hemispheres we believe that by selecting specific movements which have been purposefully developed to mature and improve the “wiring” and functioning of the central nervous system by reducing the impact of reflexes such as the ATNR, these children can make some gains. Hemispheres works in combination with other tutors and therapist working with a child, and can facilitate a better understanding of how to facilitate and progress a child’s learning.
On average we expect Improvements to be seen with spelling/reading in around 6-8 sessions.