What is dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a significant, persistent difficulty with reading, spelling and writing skills in a child, adolescent or adult of normal intelligence. At the Developmental Learning Centre we believe that although dyslexia is not an illness, it does have underlying causes. These are obstructions or immaturities in the pathways in the brain needed for the development of literacy skills. Through our natural and holistic therapies, including Developmental Movement Therapy and Auditory Retraining Therapy, we are able to address the underlying causes and set your child free from their difficulties to reach their full potential.
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How do I know if my child has dyslexia?
A child or adolescent who has normal vision and hearing and appears to be a bright, inquisitive learner, but is not developing literacy skills at the expected rate for their age and intelligence, will most likely be suffering from some form of dyslexia.
Most likely your child will also have a number of other symptoms besides the obvious reading, writing or spelling difficulties. We have developed a checklist of common symptoms which you can take in the form of a quick online test. This will be the first step towards accessing help for your child. It will indicate whether they would benefit from a full assessment with one of our expert therapists to discover the underlying causes of your child’s difficulties.
Alternatively, you can read more about the specific symptoms of dyslexia in our detailed article entitled ‘How do I know if my child is dyslexic? The Common Symptoms of Dyslexia’ for you to further identify the symptoms associated with dyslexia.’
How can the Developmental Learning Centre help?
We primarily offer two therapies for children with dyslexia:
Can you imagine trying to build a house without putting in a firm foundation? Trying to remediate a child with dyslexia who simply does not have the equipment ( wiring) and foundation (mature neurological system, good spatial awareness, listening skills and visual perception) for their “house of learning” is very difficult.
At the Developmental Learning Centre, we believe our first task is to in address the underlying immaturities and develop a good neurological foundation. To do this we use Developmental Movement Therapy (Extra LessonTM). Central to this therapy is the idea that learning and behavioural difficulties are a result of developmental issues in a child’s early years. This means they may not have received some of the sensory input they needed that form the basis of our learning processes. By repeating early childhood movement patterns, we are able to ‘rewire’ brain and rebuild the pathways and foundation of learning.
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If your child has dyslexia, it may also be a result of an auditory processing difficulty or disorder, and they will be likely to benefit from Auditory Retraining Therapy. This therapy uses filtered music to mature the pathways in the brain needed to recognise different sounds when reading and spelling and to process spoken language quickly and efficiently. Music therapy is also used to treat children who are easily overwhelmed, hypersensitive and anxious, and have difficulty regulating their emotions.
It is relatively new and is not used by audiologists and speech and language therapist in NZ as a rule. In fact your GP, your audiologist and your speech and language therapist may not have heard of it. However it has been in existence for approximately 40 years. It was developed by a French ear nose and throat specialist, Dr Alfred Tomatis (www.tomatis.com ) and is incredibly effective for children with auditory dyslexia.
You can learn more about Auditory Retraining Therapy and the amazing results it can have by reading our testimonials here.
Does your child display symptoms of dyslexia?
Call 0800 543 399 or Request a free call back with the Developmental Learning Centre to understand if how your child could benefit from our natural and holistic therapies.