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s/o Jenny McCarthy thread, is there a dyslexic cure?


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I don't think so. I know some with mild dyslexia can be almost totally remediated, but some of those things will never just "go away." It probably depends on how severe the dyslexia is to start with and how intensely it is remediated.

 

I imagine a well-trained, experienced reading specialist could do better than I with my 8yo, but I don't think he will ever be "cured." I'd be happy if he learned to read on a 4th or 5th grade level.

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My dd is dyslexic and while she has made vast improvements she is not "cured." I see so many therapies, etc out there that seem to fix everything. Opinions?

 

I think dyslexia can be so well remediated that it hardly affects a person. People with more severe forms (such as those with both phonemic awareness and rapid naming deficits) may struggle more, but folks with only phonemic awareness deficits really should be able to become quite functional. Brains scans have shown that with proper remediation, the brains of dyslexic folks will rewire. They may need a little longer to read something, or they may be more likely to misread, but they can go very far in life. One of the new Nobel prize winners is dyslexic. http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/12/07/nobel.prize.mom.telomeres/index.html

 

So while there's not a cure per se, we have such good remediation, that most kids with dyslexia who have average or above intelligence should be able to work at or above grade level. For those with super severe forms, there are other work-arounds such as books on tape. (There is a foundation that produces even grad school level books on tape for the blind and the dyslexic.)

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My dd is dyslexic and while she has made vast improvements she is not "cured." I see so many therapies, etc out there that seem to fix everything. Opinions?

 

No, what is frustrating is many dyslexic organizations have people in them that do say it is a cure. Nor do different organizations share their information with other so that all could benefit. The whole dyslexia field seems very proprietary to me, probably because dyslexics can function, so there isn't a lot of money being put into it, so the only way for people to be able to afford to do research is to sell something, then they don't want to share because they need their "thing" in order to survive. Thus goes the endless circle.

 

Mostly you learn to cope, and as an adult, especially by hsing, I have been able to concur many of the issues I never thought I would. Stuff like grammar and spelling, when taken at a child's pace with endless repetition (my kids are perfectly spaced for this) is amazing effective.

 

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My dd is dyslexic and while she has made vast improvements she is not "cured." I see so many therapies, etc out there that seem to fix everything. Opinions?

I hope there is. I don't think there's exactly any magic cure, and it may not be possible for everyone with dyslexia, but I do have hope. Brain imaging scans show people with dyslexia activate different parts of the brain when reading, and some studies give me hope that perhaps there are ways to help form the more typical connections found in non-dyslexic readers. Here's one such study: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/04/040420011157.htm

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Best cure for dyslexia is Audio Books. Unless you working on reading use as many as possible. The best curriculum I found for my ds 17 and dd 11 with dyslexia is Reading Horizons. It has a grade school cd and an adult literacy program. I found out that my ds does not hear blends at all, they make no sense to him.

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The only thing I could think of is perhaps vision therapy.

 

My 15yo son did vision therapy several years ago and it really, really helped him, although he wasn't diagnosed with dyslexia (he had other vision issues, especially in regards to visual tracking).

 

Here's an info page from our eye doctor's webpage:

 

http://www.visionsource-fredericksburg.com/index.cfm?content.display&pageID=105

 

You'll see dyslexia linked under "Learning Related Vision Problems"

 

Hope this helps!

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Best cure for dyslexia is Audio Books. Unless you working on reading use as many as possible. The best curriculum I found for my ds 17 and dd 11 with dyslexia is Reading Horizons. It has a grade school cd and an adult literacy program. I found out that my ds does not hear blends at all, they make no sense to him.

 

I love Reading Horizons, although ds only used the free online workshop (found out about it too late). Unfortunately, it is never mentioned on this board though.

 

OP, I don't think there's a cure, but rather huge improvements are possible. And, along the way, coping skills are learned. My son will always have a slow processing speed and working memory.

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The only thing I could think of is perhaps vision therapy...

Your post had me thinking about "cures". I suspect there may be a number of reasons for the reading problems. Dyslexia means difficulty reading. While studies show brain scans different in dyslexic readers, that doesn't neccesarily mean the problem lies within the brain alone. Some children may have problems with vision or tracking, others may have problems with auditory processing, some may have simply never been taught to read (like that approach that encouraged children to guess the words based on pictures, which resulting with a large number of children who read very poorly) some may have something else or a combination of several problems. The "cure" for dyslexia likely depends on what the underlying problem that causes the difficulty with reading is. If the underlying problem can be resolved, then perhaps the reading problems might resolve.

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