Your Kid’s Dyslexia Diagnosis Is B.S.

TheDailyBeast 4/1/14
Julian Elliott

Authors of The Dyslexia Debate suggest getting rid of the word “dyslexic.”  “Dyslexia” has become a catch-all term for everything from poor reading skills to complex speech disorders. It’s poorly understood and largely overdiagnosed.  Is it time to retire the word “dyslexic”?

According to Dr. Harold Levinson, The Dyslexia Debate, authored by Julian Elliott and Elena Grigorenko, is a book worth
reading. It validly critiques the traditional concepts of dyslexia and suggests discontinuing the use of this label and, instead, put
into place sound educational systems that identify and remediate reading difficulties from the first years of schooling. However, it sidesteps an alternative “challenging” solution to the dyslexia riddles proposed by Levinson who long ago similarly critiqued the erroneous traditional dyslexic concepts in his book A Scientific Watergate—Dyslexia. Instead of dyslexia being a severe reading comprehension disorder resulting when damaged processors within the cerebral cortex fail to recognize the normal reading signals received, Levinson proposed the opposite to be true. Dyslexia was shown to be a syndrome of both reading and non-reading symptoms resulting when normal brain structures fail to recognize the scrambled or “dizzy” signals received and transmitted. And these distorted signals were found due to a fine-tuning dysfunction within the inner-ear and its supercomputer, the cerebellum.  Importantly, Levinson demonstrated that 75-85% of dyslexics and all their diverse symptoms responded favorably, rapidly and often dramatically to signal stabilizing inner-ear enhancing medications and nutrients.  Accordingly, dyslexia or any synonym thereof exists once its properly defined and conceptualized.

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


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