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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.

Hemispheres Approach: 

The Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR) is known to be retained 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 like ATNR, affected children can make some gains - though we cannot 'cure' Dyslexia. Hemispheres works in combination with other tutors and therapists working with a child, and can facilitate a better understanding of how to facilitate and progress a child’s learning. 


Average duration: 

On average we expect Improvements to be seen within spelling/reading in around 6-8 sessions.

Hemispheres Paediatric Occupational Therapy, Surrey, Herts & Hants.
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