Joe de Braga

Reading Specialist, Reading Vision
Elko, NV, United States

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I am a former teacher, principal, and curriculum director. Upon retirement I partnered with Dr. George Manilla to form a company to help people with Dyslexia. Dr. Manilla is a dyslexic, and through the years he developed a system to "see" the words more clearly.

Languages

English

Areas of Expertise

Dyslexia, Dyslexia and Vision, reading , Consulting, Public Speaking

An idea worth spreading

The idea that dyslexia is a visual problem that is easily correctable. I've watched children grow a grade level a month once I show them how to make the words clear. Their reading words per minute will at least double within the first month, some within the first week. We use an eye exercise that is designed to incorporate the non-dominant eye along with a reading method that follows the same basic concept as the eye exercise. It's easy to prove that it is a visual problem by this simple test. Have the child sit up straight at a table with the reading material placed in their hands where they can look down at the book at about a 30 degree angle. This is the essentially at the table top. Ask them what they see and if the words are clear. For most, they are not. Then have them hold their book at eye level, or 90 degrees. Ask them if the words are clear. Then have them hold the book at 120 degrees and even 150 degrees. For many the words become clear between 90 and 150 degrees.

I'm passionate about

Dyslexia as a visual problem. I have been working with students using the Reading Vision system, and the results are amazing.

Universities

Univ of Nevada, Reno

Talk to me about

The visual aspect of dyslexia and how it can easily be resolved by using an eye exercise and new reading method. Nonsense words can be read easily with this system.

People don't know I'm good at

Helping people with dyslexia to see the words clearly. I can also help people overcome their migraine headaches.

My TED story

I spent 30 years as in education as a teacher, principal, and curriculum director. Now I help people with dyslexia to see the words clearly. It is the most rewarding thing I have done in my entire career. I'll have a child read in front of their parent or teacher and watch them struggle and fight to try to get through a sentence. They know they aren't dumb or stupid, but it is so difficult for them. Then I show them how to make the words clear, and their fluency instantly improves. I've heard teachers gasp and watched parents cry. It is so simple, yet all the research is fixated on the neurology of the problem. I believe that the neurology aspect of the problem occurs over time because the image isn't getting through the proper wiring to the brain. I believe that the system used by the Reading Vision company that was developed by Dr. Manilla somehow re-wires the brain. Once they can see the words clearly, all of the associated defects go away. It's an amazing story that needs telling.

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Joe de Braga
Posted about 1 month ago
Dyslexia; Is it a neurological or visual issue?
Actually it helps students who have been diagnosed as dyslexic. The eye exercise we use also provides relief for people who suffer from migraine. Watch this person as he is being shown the reading method for the first time. http://youtu.be/bVPL9LLIt5Q
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Joe de Braga
Posted about 1 month ago
Dyslexia; Is it a neurological or visual issue?
What you infer can be explained through an incorrect visual input producing an incorrect input into the occipital lobe V1 visual center. Here the interpretation allows for the correct distribution within the brain. Are you interested in learning more about our system? I can send you a code for a free download of our book, Dyslexia Solved. If so, send an email to me at jdebraga@readingvision.net
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Joe de Braga
Posted about 1 month ago
Dyslexia; Is it a neurological or visual issue?
Hi Lejan. People have been interested in contrast as both cause and effect problems. However, with our method the problem corrects almost all peculiarities due to dyslexia. What you described is the basic problem in reading that is the white overwhelms the black letters. This clears with our method. You mentioned the dark spots. I am not certain as to just exactly what you mean, but you appear to describe the Scotomata that we find in about 20% of the dyslexics we work with. It is a retinal eye area suppression that can be as small as a dot to as large as a obstruction. It occurs when the two eyes are not aligned properly. You mentioned the problem with reading music. Our findings suggests that nearly all dyslexics experience music note reading. They frequently say that the notes will not come out of their fingers and they play by ear. These individuals merely need to use a simple focusing point that we teach. We frequently describe to adults that after they use this method they are going to feel like they have been cheated. Their life-long struggle is due to a correctable visual problem and it produces all of the confounding problems of dyslexia.
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Joe de Braga
Posted about 1 month ago
Dyslexia; Is it a neurological or visual issue?
It's true that the people I work with have normal vision when tested by an eye doctor. However, they are only tested typically while looking straight ahead, not while looking down. Some eye doctors put prisms in glasses to attempt to fix the "fusion" problem as they call it. These questions still remain; why can I make dyslexia go away by changing the angle of the book? Why can a dyslexic read and comprehend nonsense words while holding the book up at eye level or slightly higher, but not while looking down at the book at the desktop level? My theory is that it has to do with improper eye alignment during cyclovergence. In order to acheive proper stereopsis the image has to correctly align with both eyes. What I have also found in helping dyslexics read is that they are very one-eye dominant. By placing reading and writing material toward their non-dominant eye side also seems to help. I don't know if visual is the correct term, but I'm not sure that neurological is either. It seems to be due to poor input. I have students do a stereoscopic eye exercise using two pennies placed slightly to their non-dominant eye side, and then help them find a clear spot while reading that builds upon this eye exercise. Their words read per minute will double instantly. The eye exercise has to be done daily. If they stop doing the exercise after a week or two their dyslexic peculiarites will return.
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Joe de Braga
Posted about 1 month ago
Dyslexia; Is it a neurological or visual issue?
I'm not sure I have a great definition since I am an educator and not a scientist. I have been working with dyslexics using the Reading Vision system. By neurological I am referencing research by people like Sally Shaywitz who had MRI scans done comparing the areas that light up in a dyslexic's brain vs the areas that light up in a non-dyslexic's brain while reading. I am also referring to research that suggests that a dyslexic's brain struggles with interpreting phonemes, causing them to struggle with sounding out the words. By visual I have found that when I have a person read at the desktop level and then have them hold the reading material in front of their face or even where they are looking up slightly, they can easily read and pronounce words clearly, including nonsense words. This causes me to believe that they actually have normal brain function, but their eyes aren't aligned properly which in turn causes the words to blur, pul apart, blink, push together, dance, etc. I am hopeful that a neurologist might have an explanation for this. Any ideas?
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Joe de Braga
Posted about 1 month ago
Dyslexia; Is it a neurological or visual issue?
I run into that with the students I work with. Their pronunciation, penmanship and spelling also improve with the stereoscopic eye exercise and new focal point used while reading and writing. A good example of this is their ability to correctly read and pronounce nonsense words. Once the words are made clear their reading words per minute usually doubles. I don't focus on pronunciation and spelling, only on making the words clear. What type of therapy and treatment did you receive? The system I am referring to was developed by a dyslexic and is unknown except for in the small town where we live. You can see some videos and examples at www.readingvision.net.
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Joe de Braga
Posted 3 months ago
Do you think you have done something in your life to improve this world? If so. Could you explain?
The penny exercise is a stereoscopic eye exercise. We call it "Penny Power!". In this exercise we use two pennies that when looked at in a specific way, by slightly crossing the eyes, three pennies will form. You can see this demonstrated in either of these videos on You Tube http://youtu.be/8nJ5NF-y4wY or http://youtu.be/31g40isRDBQ. For parents I have written a step-by-step guide that can be found at www.dyslexiasolved.com. They can also contact me directly and I will work with their child over Facetime or Skype. I am located in Elko, Nevada, but I have used Facetime to help children as far away as Australia, and it works very well. Once the system is learned the children as young as 6 years old will complete the eye exercise daily. It only takes about a minute a day. It is fun for them and they will show other students, thus helping them overcome their reading problems as well.
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Joe de Braga
Posted 3 months ago
Do you think you have done something in your life to improve this world? If so. Could you explain?
Thanks for this opportunity. I received an email from a special education teacher who is using the Reading Vision system with her students. Two of her students are Autistic. They are in 6th grade. She started working with them last spring and at that time they were very non-social but high intelligence. They would both pace back and forth at recess and not talk to anyone. Since she started working with them she began noticing improvements in their behavior. Within a few weeks the two boys made an appointment to play with each other at recess. When asked how her kids are doing, here is her response: We are doing good. It gets challenging this time of year because the LD kids think they can breeze by the penny exercise with little effort. It becomes a race with the next guy. I am trying to stay on top of them. I just had a substitute teacher in this morning who subbed in Michael's classroom on Friday. She knows Michael from Grass Valley. He didn't say anything to her all day (she was wondering if he remembered her) but was very good. At the end of the day when it was time to come to my room, he opened his classroom door, turned around, waved and said, "Goodbye Mrs. Young, nice to see you again. I hope I can see you sometime soon." She said, "It just melted by heart." Also, I am working with 2 kids on their handwriting. One is producing legible work as compared to the beginning of the year. His teacher came to me last week and said he couldn't believe what an improvement he has made. So, thank you for what you do to help kids!!!! This teacher sent reading test results to me on her 8 students who have dyslexia. She tested them in September and again in December. 1 student had normal growth, 3 had one years' growth and 4 had two years' growth. These are special education students. This is typical of the children we work with. Amazing results in a short period of time.
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Joe de Braga
Posted 3 months ago
Do you think you have done something in your life to improve this world? If so. Could you explain?
As a former teacher and principal I have helped many students and parents over the years. However, nothing has been so rewarding to me and life changing for the people I am working with as this new discovery. Dr. George Manilla is a dyslexic who lives in Elko, NV, a small mining and ranching community in Northeastern Nevada. He has developed a simple non-pharmaceutical system that helps people overcome their dyslexia. For the past year I have been helping him by working with children and training teachers in this system. The results have been amazing! For me, the experience of watching a child learn how to see the words clearly for the first time is nothing short of remarkable. I truly believe that this program can change the world for dyslexics. What is really crazy is that they stereoscopic eye exercise we use as part of the Reading Vision system also helps people with migraine. I recently published a video and step-by-step directions for free at www.overcomingmigraine.com. Another interesting fact is that we have worked with children who have other disorders such as autism, and Tourette's, with similar results. This simple system has been life changing for these people, and if we can get our message to others, it could be a positive improvement to the lives of many who struggle with these disorders. For more information go to www.readingvision.net