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Mar 23

Children with Challenges is a Yahoo group of parents, therapists and persons challenge with disabilities such as dyslexia, hyperlexia, aspergers, autism and many others. See http://groups.yahoo.com/group/childrenwithchallenges.  The group was initiated by a mother in a support group who was learning the Masgutova Method.

Recently this mother took the initiative to begin a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) relating to the solutions that Svetlana Masgutova has unearthed for different disabilities. I provided some ideas for the FAQ on dyslexia and hyperlexia and then Svetlana added details. The results are below. I highly recommend that you visit the Yahoo site http://groups.yahoo.com/group/childrenwithchallenges for responses on other topics.

1.  How does that Masgutova Method help children and adults with dyslexia (challenges with sounding out words, reading and vocabulary) and hyperlexia (challenges with comprehending – both reading and aural)?

The Masgutova Method (MM) addresses core issues behind both challenges. If a child or an adult’s reflexes normally developed in utero and during the first three years of life are delayed the technical skills required to read and comprehend can be impacted.

Non-developed or retained reflex patterns cannot serve as a neurophysiological basis for learning skills development, and more over, non-integrated reflex patterns inhibit the learning process.  The negative effects of automatism, incorrect reflex pattern functioning (its dysfunctional sensory system, brain processing, and motor response), and lack of development of inner control will not allow a child/adult to deal easily with hands on tasks: to focus, to analyze, to decode information, and to process it appropriately.  Integration of these non-developed reflex patterns gives the possibility for the development of inner control and skills.

2.  Can reflex corrections be made to improve a dyslexic and hyperlexic’s ability to read and comprehend?

Yes, there have been many hundreds of examples where a marked increased in reading and comprehension has been reached.

3.  Do the emotions play a part in dyslexia and hyperlexia?

Yes.  We have seen cases where linking an emotional issue with an under-developed reflex and making the appropriate corrections have resulted in a marked increase in reading skills and comprehension.

To learn more about the Masgutova Method go to: http://www.masgutovamethod.com

If you have topics that you would like me to address about my experience in overcoming dyslexia and hyperlexia feel free to send your ideas through the comments below.

Information on this blog is intended to complement, not replace, the advice of your own physician or health care professional.

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Mar 22

i hated reading. i mean, REALLY hated reading. at the suggestion of a friend, i bought ann farris’ book, the other side of dyslexia, with no intention of reading it- #1, because i wasn’t dyslexic, and #2, like i said, i hated reading. just out of curiosity, i began reading ann’s book, and i didn’t hate it at all. in fact, i really liked reading it. so much so that i have read and re-read the book several times, cover to cover. go figure. as it turns out, i AM dyslexic. this book has really helped me come to terms with a lot of what dyslexia actually involves, and how it affects my life. it’s not all mixing up letters and numbers like we all think! the other side of dyslexia is a great book for people who have dyslexia, for those who don’t, and for those of us who hate to read but don’t know why. what an incredible resource this book has turned out to be for me, and i hope you find it to be so too.  –Leah, posted on Amazon

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Mar 21

Children with Challenges is a Yahoo group of parents, therapists and persons challenge with disabilities such as dyslexia, hyperlexia, aspergers, autism and many others.  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/childrenwithchallenges.  The group was initiated by a mother in a support group who was learning the Masgutova Method.

You can learn more about how this Method helped me overcome my hyperlexia by reading my Article on this website.  Click Article on the top menu above. You can also go to http://www.masgutovamethod.com for more details on the Method

I joined Children with Challenges four years ago and monitor the input on a regular basis.  Parents and therapists offer feedback on techniques that are working with both children and adults challenged with a disability. I always am looking for new approaches that might assist me in improving my comprehension – both through the written and spoken word.  Not long ago this information was posted.

Please note:  I have had no personal experience with these two products but as others seem to have had good results in improving comprehension I am passing this information on.

1.         Fast ForWord, a program designed by Scientific Learning. Here’s the link: http://www.scilearn.com/products/fast-forword-language-series/language.

2.         Earobics.  It is a cd with games.  One person reports that Super Duper has the best price for this CD. She also commented Super Duper has free games online called Game Goo.

And, if you want to more information about Children with Challenges here is the link to their Yahoo Group.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/childrenwithchallenges.

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If you have topics that you would like me to address about my experience in overcoming dyslexia and hyperlexia send your comments through this blog below.

And, I am planning to continue evolving this site. I want to incorporate dyslexic and/or hyperlexic  information that others have to share.  Yes, I am looking for your ideas.  Send them via the Comments. below.

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Mar 12

Welcome:  You have come upon a blog whose focus is primarily offering tools for dyslexics and hyperlexics. I have both conditions.  The material is also germane for parents and therapists.  The topic, this time, is financial support.  Occasionally I come across names of institutions or individuals who offer financial support.   I will update this list as I discovered more information.

Danielle’s Foundation is a comprehensive support and resource center for parents, caregivers, and loved ones of children with cerebral palsy and brain injury.  Recently they have annouced a grant program.   The first deadline has been extended to April 7th, 2010.

Here is what their press announcement states:

In keeping with our mission to help parents of children with cerebral palsy and brain injury get the care their children desperately need, we have developed a grant program to assist deserving families in getting the necessary therapy/ medical equipment for their children (which insurance has either denied or will not cover).

Our grants are based on need and will be given out on a quarterly basis. Each grant will range from $2,000-$5,000.

To apply your child MUST be under 18 years old, have a diagnosis of cerebral palsy or brain injury, and need assistance in getting therapy or medical equipment. For more information and to receive a grant application please call our toll free hotline 1-800-996-1148 or  

For more information and to receive a grant application please call our toll free hotline 1-800-996-1148 or http://www.daniellesfoundation.org .

If you have topics that you would like me to address about my experience in overcoming dyslexia and hyperlexia feel free to send your ideas through the comments below.

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Mar 10

Welcome:  You have come upon a blog whose focus is primarily offering tools for dyslexics and hyperlexics. I have both conditions.  The material is also germane for parents and therapists.  The topic, this time, is hyperlexia and dyslexia on-line resources.  Some of these contacts I have had first hand experience and others not.  I indicate the latter.

http://www.masgutovamethod.com

This website provides details on the Masgutova Method – an approach that considers the health of reflexes of a child and an adult. Her techniques to correct under-developed reflexes was a major component in my overcoming the negatives of hyperlexia.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/childrenwithchallenges.

An excellent support group for parents, therapists interested in or working with the Masgutova Method.

http://www.lindamoodbell.com

This organization provides excellent dyslexia and hyperlexia assessments and offers effective tools to overcome the mechanics of both conditions.

http://www.braingym.org

An organization founded by a dyslexic thirty or more years ago and offers movement exercises that are very effective in dealing with learning issues.

http://www.dyslexia-program.com.  This is a British Newsletter that comes out bi-monthly.  Written byJohn Bradford the online newsletter has 28,000 subscribers.

http://www.parentseducationnetwork.org

A San Francisco-based organization assembled by parents of dyslexics, ADD etc.  They are very active, presenting an ongoing program of resources for parents as well as  programs for learning challenged children.

http://www.audiobooksgalore.com/books/hebrew-magazine.

I came across this website.  It has an interesting article on dyslexia, hyperlexia and other topics. The author is succinct in her presentation and the information useful.

http://www.interdys.org/ An international organization focussed only on dyslexia.  It’s large and has a major annual meeting. I find the information they offer is very limited in scope.  They are hesitant to introduce any approaches that have not been through the scientific process.  As a result they are not a progressive group.

www.danieljvance.com

Mr. Vance writes a newspaper column about people with disabilities. He focusses on writing their personal story from their viewpoint avoiding the trap of making them out to be victims or superheroes. He sees them just as people. He did an article on my story and it was very geniune.  This is the link to the story: http://www.danieljvance.com/disabledweek402a.html

http://www.dore.co.uk

I read about this organization from a  newspaper report describing the ability of a 12 year-old, Laura Miles, to overcome her dyslexia and coordination problems. The article reported that Dore’s process offers “a series of simple exercises designed to target an area of the brain called the cerebellum.  Dore believes the cerebellum is the root cause of learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia (developmental coordination disorder), ADHD and Asperger’s syndrome.

Laura had to do exercises for 10 minutes, twice a day, in the morning and at night. Her exercises included juggling bean bags – for eye-tracking and to help co-ordination; a wobble board – to help stimulate and improve balance; and an eye chart – to give the person different things to focus on.”

These exercises sound very much like the Brain Gym approach which I found very helpful.

http://www.beingdyslexic.co.uk

I came upon the Being Dyslexic website found their material helpful. This site  provides a range of dyslexia information for people of all ages and situations who are either dyslexic or interested in dyslexia. Everything on Being Dyslexic is free and accessible for anyone to use and share. Being Dyslexic also hosts one of the largest dyslexia community forums on the internet.  They suggest: why not “pop along” (very British phrase) today and discuss dyslexia with other people!

http://roosclues.blogspot.com

A mother reports on her discovery that her child had excess histamine in the body. She feels this condition is a part of the reason of her child’s hyperlexia.

http://www.resources-teachers.com

I came across this website as they picked  my article.  It’s valuable for teachers.

http://www.dyslexia-adults.com

This website offers a free newsletter (they have 30,000 subscribers). John Bradford is the editor and has over thirty years experience of working with children, teenagers, college students and dyslexic adults; he has worked as a lecturer in education, as a school principal/head teacher, and has been involved in advising, counseling and teaching dyslexic children and adults from age 4 to age 72!  The site covers dyslexia testing and assessment, teaching dyslexic children, advice for parents of a dyslexic child, coping techniques for dyslexic adults, free magazine articles, research, and much, much more.

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If you have topics that you would like me to address about my experience in overcoming dyslexia and hyperlexia feel free to send your ideas through the comments below.

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Information on this blog is intended to complement, not replace, the advice of your own physician or health care professional

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Mar 07

Welcome:  You have come upon a blog which primarily discusses tools to help dyslexics and hyperlexics. I have both conditions.  The topic, this time, are senses: see, hear, taste, touch, smell.

When I began exploring how to help myself with the confusing issues that my dyslexia seemed to bring me I discovered that some of the confusion comes from the fact that I am also synesthesic.  This means that I experience two or more senses simultaneously –  an advantage and a detraction. 

It’s an advantage because it gives me heightened sensual awareness.  It’s a disadvantage because the clashing of senses simultaneously can create confusion.  To diminish this confusion I spent some time training myself to understand what was happening.   These are the steps I took.

For a couple of months I went several times a week to an art museum or gallery to spend a half hour standing in front of paintings asking myself the following questions:  if that painting had a smell, what would it be, or how do I taste that painting, or how do hear that painting and so on.  This “schooling”  made me conscious of the information coming from my senses, rather than from my brain. 

Now I know to determine if the information from my brain clashes with that from my senses. Here is an example: 

I was attending a concert of new music at Carnegie Hall in New York. My head was trying to tell me that I liked the piece. I decided to check with my senses. I asked:  how do I hear this new piece of music?  cacophanous sounds:  how do I see this new piece of music? four by eight pieces of wood clashing against one another, what is the touch I feel from this new piece of music? like sharp pins sticking up and blooding my finger, what do I smell from this new piece of music? something unpleasant, what do I taste from this new piece of music?  shit. 

Yes, I get honest answers from my senses.

Let’s not forget there are two other components to this equation.

1. Sometimes two or more of my senses are working simultaneously are causing confusion. 

2. Sometimes it is simply the fact that I am not imaging the words – my hyperlexic condition.   

One fact I feel. My senses tell me truths.

Do any of you reading this blog have any comments to make about your sensorial experiences?

If you have topics that you would like me to address about my experience in overcoming dyslexia and hyperlexia feel free to send your ideas through the comments below.

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Information on this blog is intended to complement, not replace, the advice of your own physician or health care professional.

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