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Dyslexia Book Uses Typography Tricks, Jumbled Letters To Give Readers Taste Of Disorder

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

(Sam Barclay, Kickstarter) In a new book and Kickstarter project, Sam Barclay, an expert typographer and dyslexic, illustrates the visual distortions characterizing the reading process of dyslexics. These include scrambled, melting letters, misplaced words, hard-to-read typefaces, mismatched colors, and dizzying fonts. This book is very interesting for many reasons not previously discussed, states Dr Harold Levinson. "By illustrating the visual distortions experienced by dyslexics, the author verifies my hypothesis that dyslexia is a signal-scrambling disorder of primary inner-ear origin rather than a language disorder of cerebral causation. Hence the signals are "dizzy." All the mechanisms resulting in the sensory and related symptoms characterizing dyslexics are triggered by a fine-tuning dysfunction of vestibular and related cerebellar origin which respond favorably to inner-ear improving medications. Although dyslexia is now commonly defined as a phonetic impairment, it should be clear to all readers that this definition and concept is as inadequate in encompassing the totality of this disorder as was the prior error in believing it was a severe reading disorder. By analogy, these errors are akin to conceptualizing and equating diabetes as either a comatose state or a high blood sugar disorder. Clearly, these highly biased and tunnel vision concepts fail to explain and encompass 99.9% of the dyslexic content required by a valid definition. It's like defining a complex human being by the size of his/her nose."

About Harold Levinson, M.D.

Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Great Neck, New York. He is a well known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. His "highly original" research into the cerebellar-vestibular (inner-ear) origins and treatment of dyslexia and related learning, attention-deficit/hyperactivity and anxiety or phobic disorders has evolved over the past four decades. Levinson's concepts encompass the collective insights derived from the examinations, follow-up and successful treatment of over 35,000 children, adults and even seniors and have led to new methods of screening, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. His expanded theories appear capable of encompassing and/or explaining all reported symptoms as well as most other concepts and experimental data, thus resulting in a truly holistic perspective.

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