By Neepa Sevak
Have you been observing that your child, who is otherwise intelligent, is faltering words while reading, and is stressed to meet average eloquence and comprehension objectives? If your child has difficulty with articulacy, is reading word by word at a sluggish pace, is having trouble identifying words and is not performing well in school then he or she possibly has a medical condition termed Dyslexia. Dyslexia is a learning disorder, which weakens a person’s proficiency to read and spell. To understand Dyslexia you must be familiar with the process of reading. From birth to age three, a child listens to words and discovers how to speak. From three to four years of age their vocabulary grows and they learn to rhyme. At six years of age, they gain knowledge of merging letter sounds smoothly into words, and they initiate reading plain sentences. At seven to eight years of age, a child learns to read smoothly with comprehension. The left hemisphere of the brain is the core centre for processing language. Verbal communication reaches the brain efficiently through the right ear, as the right ear communicates directly with the left hemisphere. When the right ear dominance is not attained then the child perceives sounds in a disorderly sequence, and the sound connects with the brain at varying speeds, which elucidates errors of reversal such as writing “was” or “saw”, “bat” or “dat”. Even though their distinctive brain makes reading, writing, and spelling complicated, most people with Dyslexia are talented in areas controlled by the right hemisphere of the brain. They can be creative, athletic, and have a high intellect, but still not fare well academically.
Causes of Dyslexia
- Sluggish undeveloped speech or stammering
- Frequent colds and ear infections during childhood can weaken hearing
- Frequent throat infections during childhood
- Malfunction in areas of brain that is concerned with language, cognitive and intellectual functions
- Brain damage due to sickness or injury
- Vision or hearing problems
- Social problems, nervousness or hopelessness
- Deficiency in Omega 3 unsaturated fatty acids
- Chemical toxicities
Symptoms of Dyslexia
- Difficulty identifying letters, words and sounds
- Unable to split words into separate speech sounds
- Difficulty translating spoken language into writing and thoughts into words
- Difficulty following directions with many steps
- Difficulty rhyming, reading and writing cursive
- Reading, spelling and comprehension skill is lower than the expected age level
- Listening comprehension is superior to reading comprehension
- Misreads and replaces words without comprehending the change in meaning of the sentence
- Writes numbers or letters backwards
- Reads a word on one page, but will not identify it on the next page
- Have poor unreadable handwriting
- Confusion over left and right sides
- Children look puzzled and distracted
- Difficulty multitasking
- Difficulty evoking sequence of things
- Frustration and anger due to incapability
- Feel different about themselves
- Difficulty with tasks like shoe lacing
- Difficulty reading a clock with hands
- Difficulty attending to finer details
- Low self-esteem
- Introverted, hostile and violent
Homeopathic Approach to Dyslexia
Homeopathic medicines along with other supportive therapies are exceptionally functional in treating learning disorders. After understanding the child's constitution, restricted capabilities, mental state, life situation, etc. a constitutional remedy is selected which has an affirmative effect on the patient. Homeopathic constitutional treatment will facilitate your child with constructive reinforcement of staying motivated and occupied in the learning process. Both hemispheres of the brain contribute in processing language and Homeopathic remedies will promote rejuvenation of the brain cells and help reinstate the equilibrium between the two hemispheres of the brain, which is imperative in surmounting Dyslexia and augmenting your child’s aptitude to read and spell. Homeopathic approach will enhance brain function and improve multi tasking, reading, spelling, and comprehension, reasoning ability, memory, focus and organizational skills. These remedies will also help your child cope with emotional struggles that arise because of difficulties at school.
Homeopathic remedies are natural, gentle, harmless, and easy to take, are regulated by the FDA and prepared according to the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States. Constitutional Homeopathic treatment with the management of an experienced and professional Homeopath is an excellent choice for the treatment of Dyslexia.
Self Care Measures for Dyslexia
- Help your child be aware of their problem.
- Recognize your child’s strengths and weaknesses and be a positive force in their intellectual growth.
- Be a good reading role model, encourage discussion and reinforce reading.
- Respect and challenge your child’s natural intelligence.
- Play spelling games with your child and encourage your child to write.
- Work with your child’s teachers and have your child use alternative means at school like using flash cards, listening to books on tape, using text reading computer programs, and writing on computers.
- Trace with a finger the shape of the letters used and the words spoken.
- Give your child emotional support and motivation, which will help them build a strong self-image.
- Have your child sit in an erect posture and read aloud, this will slowly help in successful conversion of visual symbols into sound.
- Have your child listen and repeat instructions.
- Stay involved with your child’s education and help them cope with strategies as they advance in school.
Hence, increase your child’s confidence, improve their level of fluency, expression, comprehension and help your child achieve higher in school and in life with the help of Homeopathy.