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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Can dyslexia be treated?

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  • Paul Brand

    Healthshare Member

    Dyslexia is a broad term that can be defined differently by differtent professionals.  I like to think of dyslexia as being a learning difficulty that cannot be explained by other causes.  I see many children whose parents are concerned about dyslexia (sometimes suggested by their GP or teacher) as the cause of there academic difficulties.  Often these children have visual efficiency or visual perceptual skills problems.  Once those problems are treated, the child's “dyslexia” symptoms often resolve and schoolwork improves.  So it is important for any child with learning difficulties, regardless if they have been diagnoses with dyslexia or not, to have a comprehensive eye examination with a behavioural optometrist.

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    Cyan von Gija

    Counsellor, Psychotherapist

    Couples counselling, relationship counselling and marriage therapy for couples and individuals living in the border region of Albury and Wodonga.No matter whether you are in ... View Profile

    To ask if Dyslexia can be treated perhaps implies thinking that it is a disease or fault needing correcting. Dyslexia refers to a wide variety of conditions often reflected in difficulties learning to read and write (amoungst other things). The plastisity of our brains means that with training we can learn even these tasks with patience and persistance.
    My real concern is looking at dyslexia as a fault. Dyslexia is a sign that the person is right brain dominant. This comes with pros and cons as does being one of the left-brained majority. Some of those pros included added empathy, artistic talent, wholistic and lateral thinking all great qualities.
    Please don't treat the minority as being faulty simply because they have problems fitting into the left-brained worlds way of thinking, I can assure you that left-brain thinkers have problems accessing their right-brain capacities too! 

  • Dianne Zebic

    Counsellor, Psychotherapist

    Dianne Zebic has retired as of 31/01/2015 View Profile

    Dyslexia can be treated by one of the best clinic's in Sydney for children who have developmental delay in learning, eg. reading, writing and short term memory problems and much more…..

    The clinic is called ‘Sydney Developmental Clinic’, and their website =

    http://www.sydneydevelopmentalclinic.com.au/

    This clinic requires a doctor's referral and there is a bit of wait to get in, as parents across the country are travelling to Sydney to have their children diagnosed and treated for conditions such as ‘Dyslexia’. 

    Dr Mark Selikowitz is one of the main treating specialist's at The Sydney Developmental Clinc for chiidren, and he has a book for sale called
    'Dyslexia & Other Learning Difficulties' - Third Edition….

    You can purchase a copy of his book through www.amazon.com.au or perhaps your local library may have a copy.

  • Daniel Wendt

    Psychologist

    Mr Daniel Wendt is the Principal Psychologist and Director of Oracle Psychology. Daniel is a Child and Adolescent Psychologist registered with the Psychology Board of ... View Profile

    5-15% of children experience Dyslexia (Specific Learning Disorder in Reading) which is a brain based disorder and not merely a reading delay. If your child has Dyslexia or another learning disorder early assessment and treatment is extremely important. I have written an article about Dyslexia and its treatment: https://www.oraclepsychology.com.au/psychologist-articles/what-is-dyslexia-and-how-can-i-help-my-child

    Continued remedial intervention, with explicit, systematic and intensive focus on phonics and phonological awareness (such as Multi-Lit or similar programs) will assist to improve fluent and efficient decoding and reading skills. Effective intervention begins with comprehensive assessment and treatment planning.

    www.oraclepsychology.com.au

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