Important Ways to Treat Dyslexia With/Without ADHD!
The best ways to treat dyslexia depend on meaningful understanding. According to Dr Levinson, dyslexia is not just a severe reading disorder characterized by reversals. Rather, it's a complex syndrome affecting over 15 areas of major neuropsychological functioning and comprising over a hundred different symptoms and scores of hidden triggering mechanisms. Fortunately, there are many helpful and unique treatments that can significantly improve or eliminate these symptoms. When appropriate therapeutic modalities are properly combined, it is now possible for all dyslexics to improve, regardless of age. All can attain dreams and ambitions never before considered possible.
Dyslexia was shown by Levinson to result when normal reading and related brain structures fail to recognize and compensate for the scrambled signals received and transmitted due to impaired inner-ear/cerebellar fine tuners. As a result, effective therapies generally fall within two categories: 1-those that minimize inner-ear signal scrambling, and/or 2-those that enable higher brain centers to better compensate and enhance signal descrambling.
Based on his clinical experience with thousands of dyslexics, Levinson developed a highly effective medical treatment for dyslexia. Combinations of inner-ear-enhancing and signal stabilizing medications and nutrients were found capable of rapidly and often dramatically improving all dyslexic symptoms in 75-85% of treated cases, regardless of age. Needless to say, the efficacy of remediation techniques are exponentially increased once the signal inputs received by brain processors are clear vs scrambled. Moreover, the repetition of clear signals are recalled more easily, thus enhancing memory, interest and concentration.
Levinson and others also found that letter and word signals are better stabilized or less scrambled and thus easier to fixate when they are big, colored, darker, bottom heavy and have a non-glare and even tinted backgrounds. Also using an E-reader where there are only a few words/line and a low overall word density dramatically enhances reading speed and understanding while reducing "dyslexic errors." The reason is simple: This method enables clumsy or dyscoordinated eye movements to more easily fixate and concentrate on the words without getting lost on a crowded page or becoming distracted by too much adjacent content.
In addition, eye exercises and sensory-motor training, including yoga and athletics as well as inhibition of primitive reflexes, were found to improve the inner-ear's ability to properly target, sequentially scan and better concentrate on words on a page rather than skipping all over and confusing the reader by secondarily jumbling the content. Also auditory training therapies can enhance phonetic processing while diminishing auditory scrambling and distortion of content heard.
A wide range of nutrients, including omega 3, DMAEH3, lecithin, ginkgo, ginger root, etc., were found capable of enhancing inner-ear and related memory, concentration and overall brain compensation and thus maximizing descrambling capability. In order to directly enhance higher brain compensation and related descrambling capability, cognitive enhancement techniques as well as biofeedback and remediation were found highly beneficial. And because frustration, anxiety and impaired self- esteem as well as depression and acting-out behaviors often secondarily complicate dyslexia, psychotherapy may often be immeasurably helpful in emotionally restabilizing individuals, especially when providing self-blaming dyslexics insight into the specific inner-ear mechanisms responsible for their dyslexic symptoms, . Because ADHD often overlaps with dyslexia since both disorders stem from a common inner-ear/cerebellar dysfunction, stimulant medication may be needed. However, required doses are much smaller when added to the inner-ear-enhancing antimotion- sickness antihistamines and nutrients. Importantly, the medications were found capable of training the brain over time to function without them. When individuals and clinicians are properly armed with the above therapeutic insights, all dyslexics with and without ADHD can be significantly helped.
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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