Dyslexic children who received very mild electric shocks to their scalp were shown to read faster and more accurately, according to a study at Bambino Gesù hospital in Rome, Italy. Researcher Deny Menghini told The Times. “We used one milliampere of current, which is equal to the electricity that powers a single Christmas tree light. Reading rates accelerated by about 13 percent, which is like the benefit of a year’s schooling in six weeks.”

According to Menghini, the mini-current used in the tests was not felt, other than a small initial vibration. The subjects experienced no side effects; and six months after the tests they were still reading at the faster rate. “Shocked” children were also better at reading uncommon words and 60 percent faster at reading invented words.

Because dyslexics can have trouble “hearing” the sound of letters and words they read, “The tests looked at this problem,” Dr Menghini said. “But we have also started a second round of tests with a new group on a different area of the brain, the visual word form area, which can recognize entire words from memory alone. “That means moving the electrodes about 2-3cm on the head.”

According to Dr. Harold Levinson, the results of this study are important for many reasons. Once replicated, these data point to yet another physiological method of improving the reading problem in struggling dyslexics. Additionally, further studies will inevitably cast further light on the causal mechanisms improved by the electric therapy. “Similarly, the favorable responses of all dyslexic symptoms to inner-ear-enhancing medications shown by me over the past decades highlighted the many inner-ear or cerebellar-vestibular mechanisms responsible for all the many and diverse symptoms characterizing the entire dyslexic syndrome as well as it’s reading disorder.”

Furthermore, the resistance to change by those with limited insights is highlighted by some experts that harmless shocks are more dangerous than the emotional and physiological devastation experienced by untreated and unhealed dyslexics.

Thus for example, Sue Fowler, co-founder of the Dyslexia Research Trust in the U.K. favoring visual vs. phonetic enhancement in English reading dyslexics, said: “There are lots of ways to increase reading speed that are not so dramatic, like using yellow and blue lenses in glasses, which can help stop words moving around.”

Upon analysis, these and other illogical criticisms were found identical to those voiced previously towards tinted lenses as well as the rapid and often dramatic improvements of dyslexics to harmless inner-ear-improving meds and exercises, etc. Indeed, they were discussed and dissected in Dr. Levinson’s books, A Scientific Watergate—Dyslexia and Smart But Feeling Dumb. Indeed, many still mistakenly believe dyslexia is only a reading disorder (vs. a syndrome of many symptoms) that can be “cured” vs. improved by tutoring.



About Dr. Harold Levinson

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 Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. For more information, call 1(800)334-7323 or visit: http://dyslexiaonline.com

Source: http://www.newsweek.com/electric-shocks-help-dyslexic-children-read-faster-442693/

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