Dyslexia and other learning disabilities (LD)

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Dyslexia and other learning disabilities (LD)

Approximately 15%-20% of the population has a learning disability, of that number is it estimated that 85% of that is Dyslexia. Most common learning disorders are neurological with inherited genetic traits that are passed down to our children. However, like most other neurodevelopmental disorders, there is not a genetic mutation (a gene mutation saying you will have a learning disability) drastically limiting gains in function. With functional neurological rehabilitation, hard work in school, and home, changes can be made.

Common Learning Disabilities

Dyslexia is a language-based disability in which a person has trouble understanding written words. It may also be referred to as a reading disability or reading disorder. A common symptom is mixing letters and number when reading, however that is not the only symptom.

Dyscalculia is a mathematical disability in which a person has a difficult time solving arithmetic problems and grasping math concepts

Dysgraphia is a writing disability in which a person finds it hard to form letters or write within a define space.

Auditory and Visual Processing Disorders are sensory disabilities in which a person has difficulty understanding language despite normal hearing and vision.

Because verbalization is used in the brain networks that control learning, children with a learning disability can have a speech disorder such as stuttering.

Regardless of the type of Learning Disability, our concerns are what areas of the brain are not working well, and can we activate them to increase function? We also address diet, and lifestyle changes at home, school and recreational activities. We run routine, advanced and cutting-edge lab work to further find areas to address and maximize results. As well, we help advise children’s team of people that care of him/her (including the teachers and care staff at school) on what we recommend can be done to further benefit the patient.

We are proud to offer a more comprehensive vision exam using advanced, state-of-the-art eye-tracking technology. The RightEye system enables our doctors to pinpoint functional vision and brain health issues, identify the root cause of reading problems, and improve athletic performance. In just 5 minutes, this proven, patented technology measures visual skills in ways that a standard eye exam cannot — enabling us to diagnose and treat underlying vision issues that affect our patients’ quality of life.

Reading Assessments

One in four children has a vision problem that affects learning — a vision problem that is often misinterpreted as disinterest, sleepiness, dyslexia or ADHD. Eyesight (the ability to receive input through the eye) is not the same as vision (the ability to understand what that input is). Recognizing this distinction has monumental implications. Even a child with 20/20 eyesight can have a vision issue at the core of their learning problem.

To complicate matters, vision-related learning problems share the same symptoms as countless learning disability diagnoses, including:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Rereading or skipping lines of print
  • Letter reversals
  • Difficulty recognizing words
  • Short attention span
  • Poor reading comprehension
  • Poor handwriting
  • Slow completion of work
  • Loss of interest in reading

But thanks to RightEye’s Reading Assessment test, our doctors are able to expose vision and brain health in ways not possible from standard eye tests, gifting you with the opportunity to change your child’s life forever.