Taking the Stigma Out of Dyslexia
"Dislecksia: This Movie is directed by Harvey Hubbell V, an acknowledged dyslexic. Because it aims to destigmatize dyslexia--a condition estimated to affect up to 35 million Americans, it views this disorder not as a learning disability, but a learning difference. Apparently this distinction is considered important to advocates: "Dyslexic students are not mentally impaired or even necessarily slow learners; they are wired in a way that makes words hard to decipher and retain, partly because the letters may appear jumbled. Dyslexia is a text-based circumstance: as the film's title suggests, one technique dyslexics have used to teach themselves is to spell words phonetically."
According to Dr Levinson, this movie is interesting, entertaining and perhaps even informative to those ignorant about this disorder. By attempting to placate and perhaps even to "sell" dyslexics and their advocates, Hubbell resorts to using a pseudo-psychological technique of denial--bordering on delusional or better yet "dyslexic." And what in the world is "a text based circumstance," other than a non-sensical sales pitch trying, by analogy, to convince you that diabetes is just another normal way of metabolizing sugar and carbs. Thus Hubbell attempts to convince viewers that the dyslexic disorder is just a normal learning difference requiring helpful therapeutic phonetic and related audio-visual techniques, despite all scientific evidence indicating neurophysiolgical brain dysfunctioning; and despite his admitting that the brain wiring or connections of dyslexics create learning problems. Moreover, confusing vs realistically clarifying the true causation of dyslexia is counter-productive, illogical and obfuscating. Even if the AIM is soothing, nonsense turns intelligent dyslexics off while depriving them of the vital insights needed for self-compensation and real success. Levinson believes that true, realistic and commonsense insights are as invaluable therapeutically for dyslexics as these insights were found helpful for those having psychological issues. As a result, Dr Levinson has written books for both children and adult dyslexics--providing them with power-packed therapeutic insights that are found amazingly helpful--even cathartic. Thus they often say: " It's great to find out that there really is something specifically wrong with me that can be overcome, rather than believing I'm brainless, just dumb or hopeless. Having a diagnosis is helpful. But TRULLY understanding your disorder is the best. It provides control and enables better solutions." Dyslexics know there's something wrong, why else are they failing in so many things vs their peers. Why do they seek help--desperately? Dyslexics and their loved ones invariably identify and empathize with the many case histories presented by Levinson. They are delighted to understand that, by analogy, dyslexia is like watching and listening to a scrambled TV channel due to dysfunctioning fine-tuners. However, in dyslexia the fine tuning impairment is due to a simple and reversible defect within the inner-ear and its supercomputer-the cerebellum, not the thinking brain. So they're not brain damaged. And they are especially encouraged to read and view dyslexics just like themselves responding favorably, rapidly and often dramatically to simple and safe combinations of inner-ear-enhancing medications and nutrients which normalize both the fine-tuners and transmitted signals or "wiring." These improvements are found especially credible since large numbers of dyslexics have volunteered their photos and names to their own success stories in Levinson's books and website, hoping to help others as they were 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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