25 November 2014
by Sam Blumenfeld
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) recently reaffirmed their belief that “Dyslexia is a language-based learning disorder. Its causes are still not completely clear.” However, the well known author-educator Blumenthal disagrees. Because English words are not ideographically read like Chinese, he believes dyslexia results from the traditional visual method of teaching images using the right brain vs the phonetic left brain method of teaching and learning words.
According to Dr. Harold Levinson, dyslexia is a cerebellar-vestibular-determined syndrome impairing reading as well as writing, spelling, math, speech, etc. Although speech and language may be secondarily affected in dyslexics, many gifted dyslexic speakers and orators like Winston Churchill bely this assertion. So the IDF appears incorrect in both respects.
As Levinson and the vast majority of dyslexics indicate, dyslexia is not just a severe reading disorder as the IDF and Blumenthal mistakenly believe. Accordingly, visual vs phonetic methods may improve or intensify reading difficulties. But they cannot cause or cure the underlying cerebellar cause of this syndrome or even its reading symptom. By similar analogy, diets may improve or intensify diabetic symptoms. But they cannot cause or cure the underlying insulin impairment.
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
For more information, call 1(800)334-7323 or visit: http://www.dyslexiaonline.com
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