AUBURN, Alabama — Peyton Barber knew something was wrong.
The Birmingham News
By Brandon Marcello | firstname.lastname@example.org April 16, 2014
Athletes frequently have dyslexia and ADHD, notes Dr. Levinson
The Auburn running back was sitting in a classroom earlier this year when a familiar issue occurred. “I was reading and the words would come off the page and then I would start reading backward.” Barber was then diagnosed with dyslexia atop a prior diagnosis of ADHD. Despite these impairments and time excelling on the field, Barber also excelled in the classroom, capping his first fall semester at Auburn with a 3.8 GPA.
According to Dr. Harold Levinson, it is quite common to find athletes with dyslexia and ADHD. Although some mistakenly believe
these disorders create gifted capabilities, the opposite is most often true. Gifted athletic functioning enables these individuals to better overcome their handicaps, forcing them into areas they can succeed in. And they learn to try harder than most. More importantly, those with dyslexia and ADHD benefit by the sensory-motor enhancement involved in training. Despite having more study time off- season, they function more poorly academically. To date, Levinson is the only one that has explained the linkage
between dyslexia and ADHD and why both benefit by exercises, stating: “Both disorders are due to a dysfunction within the inner-ear and so occur together. The symptomatic differences are due to differing normal brain areas experiencing problems processing the scrambled or ‘dizzy’ signals received from a fine tuning impairment within the inner-ear and cerebellum. And sensory motor exercises as well as inner-ear-enhancing meds significantly help fine tune the inner-ear and minimize the resulting symptoms. “
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 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://www.dyslexiaonline.com