Treat dyslexia and learning disabilities

The exact origin of dyslexia is still unknown, but we know that today 10 % of primary school children suffer from it. A dyslexic child has a learning to read disability that occurs despite normal intelligence, the absence of sensory or neurological disturbances, adequate schooling, and sufficient socio-cultural opportunities.

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The exact origin of dyslexia is still unknown, but we know that today 10 % of primary school children suffer from it. A dyslexic child has a learning to read disability that occurs despite normal intelligence, the absence of sensory or neurological disturbances, adequate schooling, and sufficient socio-cultural opportunities.

It is therefore indeed a difficulty in learning to read which is not due to a lack of intelligence or laziness, nor to an inability of the teacher or deficient educational programs.

Knowledge evolution
Our knowledge has evolved considerably over the past 20 years. Explanations based above all on the particular psychology of the dyslexic child have been followed by those from cognitive sciences which rely on imagery to understand the cerebral bases of learning. More recently, scientific research has shown that the relationship between the functioning of the body and that of the brain is very close.

From birth, the processing of information from different sense organs such as sight, hearing and touch must be organized in a coherent and synchronous manner with the data of the immediate environment, which allows the brain to develop so-called executive functions, such as attention and memory. If this "first level" treatment is dysfunctional, the too large number of error messages will cause a kind of dissonance hampering the different perceptions essential for language acquisition and other learning. http://thesesups.ups-tlse.fr/1621/

The results of recent scientific work reinforce the current idea that the many clinical entities such as dyspraxia, dysphasia, dyscalculia and attention deficit with or without hyperactivity have a common neurodevelopmental basis. It would therefore be more accurate to consider this set as a "constellation" of which dyslexia remains the central element.
http://www.coridys.asso.fr/pages/base_doc/habib.html

In parallel with the evolution of this scientific approach, many clinicians from various countries have designed and offered to groups of children solutions aimed at improving the body's skills from various sensory sources, in order to reduce their cognitive difficulties. This initially empirical but effective clinical approach is now in agreement with neuroscience and confirms, despite the genetic occurrence observed in cases of dyslexia, that it is possible to reconfigure the information reaching the brain by intervening from an early age.
http://www.snof.org/public/expliquer/posturologie

A hope: proprioceptive treatment
Treatment is based on reprogramming the proprioceptive system. Proprioception is this "6th sense ”which allows the human brain to know at any time the position of the body in space and has millions of sensory sensors located in the muscles to unite other sensors such as the ear, eye and foot. This “sense of the body” results in a unified perception of the body and normally allows us to act effortlessly by easily processing the sensory information reaching our brain for different learning such as reading and writing.

In dyslexic children, this proprioceptive sense would be altered from birth and slow down both motor development and different perceptions, visual and auditory. The therapeutic program consists of reconfiguring the various muscle sensors through proprioceptive exercises as well as visual, auditory and tactile stimulation. Muscle exercises are also prescribed for the home. Even if significant results are obtained quickly after a few months The treatment put in place should be continued until the end of the learning process.
http://as-tu.lu/proprioception-et-apprentissage/1

The proprioceptive treatment acting upstream of the observed disorders, one can expect rapid and significant results on the speed and comprehension of reading. The treatment can also be long-term in order to catch up on the accumulated delays and it requires close collaboration with the speech therapist or the orthopedagogue.
http://www.postura.ca/traitement-de-la-dyslexie-enfant-trouble-d-apprentissage/

by Joël Lemaire
Osteopath
IUD Clinical posturology
DU Learning Disorders
Clinique Postura, in Saint-Lambert QC (watch the presentation video)

 

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