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Brief Message About Dyslexia:
not just about reading difficulties.
Dyslexia can be difficulty with
reading, and/or difficulty with numbers, and/or difficulty with directions,
and/or spatial difficulties, and/or difficulty with speaking/thinking, and
possibly, the inability to visualize accurately.
is in the Corpus Callosum – the bundle of nerves that are a communication system that
form a kind of ‘bridge’ or ‘switchboard’ between the right and left
brain. Communications between
the right and left brain must pass through the corpus callosum in order to
process ‘right brain’ and ‘left brain’ information accurately.
right and left hemispheres of the brain (right brain/left brain) often have
individual functions, thus without at accurate transfer of information from one
hemisphere to the other distortion of information or a ‘blanking’ of
information occurs. Some people
with some types of dyslexia must pause between the intake of information (words,
number, images, directions, spatial) to process what that information means.
This slows them down and can make them appear ‘slow” or ‘spacey’
when they are not.
has nothing to do with intelligence and everything to do with the brain,
specifically the corpus callosum, which is programmed in early childhood, during
the crawling phase of development. Often
super bright children are found to have dyslexia due to having skipped the
crawling phase altogether. “They
just got up and walked” is a phrase parents use proudly and one that ought to
be an alert for possible dyslexia of some kind.
can also learn to crawl wrong – for the corpus callosum that is.
They scoot or they draw themselves forward with both arms and both legs
at the same time without alternating. It
is the alternating of the arms and legs that correctly connects the network of
nerves in the corpus callosum. Thus
a child should be crawling in this way: Right
arm/hand go forward, left leg and foot go forward.
Left arm/hand go forward, right leg and foot go forward simultaneously.
a baby crawls in a homo-lateral manner (right arm/right leg go forward at the
same time and left arm/left leg go forward at the same time) they are
programming the corpus callosum incorrectly.
Babies can be taught the correct movement by parental play: lying the
baby on the back and moving the arms and legs in the correct crawling manner.
One of the tests for dyslexia is to ask a child or adult to march in
place swinging their arms. A
homo-lateral manner of marching is a sure sign of dyslexia.
See Cross Crawl below to learn how to correct this.
The standard ‘Jumping Jacks” used in calisthenics lead to a dyslexic
condition which can be temporary in some people, longer lasting in others!
If you child is told he/she must do jumping jacks in school, teach them
how to do and to do the Cross Crawl technique given below afterward.
Dyslexia can be corrected with what have come to be called “Brain
most effective brain gym exercise is the Cross Crawl:
Imagine an imaginary line drawn
down the middle of the body.
March in place – to music or
without – and as you do:
Cross the right arm across the
midline and the left knee over the midline at the same time.
(Touching the right hand to the
left knee helps to set this up in the beginning.)
Cross the left arm across the
midline and the right knee over the midline at the same time.
(Again, touching the left hand to
the right knee helps to set this up in the beginning.)
Do about twenty reps (ten on each
side) 4 –5 times a day to correct dyslexia.
Once it is corrected, do cross
crawl before beginning any activity requires concentration and focus- like
studying, typing, writing, reading, sports activities – and 30-40 minutes
after the activity for faster, clearer processing.
more about Brain Gym go to:
See the books they offer (simple and excellent for adults AND children) here:
really good books offered there are:
Gym, by Paul
E. Dennison and Gail E. Dennison
for Kids by
Paul E. Dennison and Gail E. Dennison
Am the Child: Using
Brain Gym With Children Who Have Special Needs by Cecilia K. Freeman with Gail
are SEVERAL excellent ones, including a book called Senior Moments,
giving brain gym exercises to help Seniors.
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