Posted by Karen Peart-Yale on November 5, 2015

Diagnosing Dyslexia Late Is Unacceptable

A new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics shows that a large reading achievement gap between dyslexic and typical children is already present by first grade, but early effective intervention at the beginning of school can narrow or even close it.

According to Dr. Harold Levinson, these obvious but important findings have been overlooked for years , despite his 40+ yr. research effort. And the reason for this oversight was tragically simple: All prior traditional definitions and concepts of dyslexia have been incorrect. Thus this disorder could not be officially diagnosed until children became >2 yrs. behind peers or potential. And because the impairment was mistakenly thought to be in the cerebral brain, all the diagnostic inner-ear signs evident in pre-school children were dismissed as unimportant.

Dr. Levinson was first to recognize that dyslexia was due to a cerebellar-vestibular dysfunction; and that the reading and all other symptoms of this syndrome varied from severe to compensated and even over-compensated. In other words, some dyslexics have normal or superior reading scores even when their underlying mechanism are impaired. More importantly, this inner-ear dysfunction and their resulting mechanisms were diagnosed and often successfully treated by Levinson before dyslexic children started school.

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

Source: UC Davis / Yale

Image Courtesy of Sicha Pongjivanich/

Comments are closed.