- Joe de Braga
- Elko, NV
- United States
Reading Specialist, Reading Vision
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Dyslexia; Is it a neurological or visual issue?
Current research on Dyslexia suggests that it is a deep-rooted neurological based issue that is difficult to solve. However, dyslexic peculiarities can easily be resolved simply by placing the reading material in a position where the words become clear. If the words can be made clear and instantaneous improved reading occurs, is the problem neurological, or is it visual? Could it be that poor visual input causes poor neurological function, sort of like, "garbage in, garbage out?" Here is a simple test to use with someone who demonstrates reading problems such as dyslexia. You can use regular reading material or nonsense words. Place the reading material flat on the desk. We call this position "A". Have the person sit up straight in their chair and read the information. Most likely they will demonstrate, choppy reading with many errors. They will make up words, skip lines of text, and have trouble sounding out new words. Then have them hold the book or paper with both hands and bring the paper up slowly in an arc until it is directly in front of their face. We call this position "C". Make sure they don't extend their arms too much. Now have them tell you if the words are more clear. If they are, have them read again. You will see a noticeable improvement in their reading speed and fluency. Have them continue to move the paper up in this arc so they are looking slightly up. This is position "D". For many, this is the best position. If this is the most clear position for them, have them read the text or nonsense words. Again you will see an amazing improvement in their reading. So the question remains: Is dyslexia a neurological issue or a visual issue? Or, is it a neurological issues caused by a visual issue? I believe it involves a mis-alignment of stereopsis while looking down that is corrected while looking straight ahead or slightly up. I can easily get students out of their dyslexia with a stereoscopic eye exercise and new focusing point while reading.