Have you been told that your child is dyslexic? Dyslexia has been defined as a disability in learning to read and write. However, there is no “reading” center in the brain. The left central gyrus is thought to be our “letter box”. The letter box is part of the visual system and is the place where we identify symbols. Your child develops their repertoire of symbols which they will learn, during child development, to bring symbols into words. There are many steps to gain the ability to decode symbols into words. They must build their brain circuits, and that is based on their experiences during their early years.
What are the Brain Circuits Involved in Reading?
While the entire brain is part of your child’s developmental blueprint, the eyes and ears turn mechanical input into electrical stimulation which is sent to the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. The same is true when your child hears a word, the sounds are specialized for language and not just for reading and writing.
The lateralization of brain function is the tendency for neural circuits to specialized to one side. Orton, Critchley, and others propose that incomplete specialization of the cerebral hemispheres was the source of the dyslexic’s reading problems. In addition, they found that dyslexic children demonstrated a wide range of subtle neurological disorders including immature motor skills, spatial difficulties, and visual motor challenges.
Reading and writing are acquired skills. A growing brain is constantly reorganizing. As your child learns a new skill it must be practiced repetitively to become automatic. At birth our eyes see 20/400 and over the first 10 weeks of life they become more adult like. At birth, we hear low frequency sounds and acquire middle and high ranges over the first 3 years of life. As early as 7 weeks, your baby is cooing, these are the vowels sounds. Building the brain is an orchestrated event.
The CMB Difference:
At CMB, we have a 3-tier approach to evaluate your child’s unique developmental story.
- Brain – A comprehensive approach through QEEG will identify how your child’s brain is wired from the bottom up;
- Chemistry – Evaluate your child’s internal biology through functional labs;
- Mechanical – A thorough assessment of your child’s developmental milestone acquisition.
Our goal is to look at each child individually. Our developmental assessment will pinpoint where your child’s development may have been redirected which results in many different types of learning struggles. Rather than being identified with a label, let’s find the disruption and re-educate the brain to move into an optimal direction.