(aka Irlen syndrome, visual dyslexia, scotopic sensitivity)
Do words or letters appear to jump or move on a page (like above)?
Do you have light sensitivity?
Do you struggle with migraines or eyestrain from reading, homework, computer work or fluorescent lighting?
Or perhaps you are dealing with the perceptual distortions that often follow a stroke, concussion or other brain injury?
There is a very high possibility that Visual Stress is a part of the problem. Visual Stress is a neurological condition characterized by hyperactivity of the brain's visual cortex. When this area is not processing visual information properly, the result is visual and perceptual distortions.
It is possible that precision colour filters can help. Lisa's Holistic Rehab can work with your optometric team or refer you to a qualified team and together we can find the right solution.
Emotional regulation is the ability to effectively respond, manage and change the way we feel and cope with life situations with the range of emotions in a socially acceptable manner. This means being flexible to allow certain reactions as well as the ability to delay spontaneous reactions when needed. Children who are able to regulate their emotions can resolve conflicts, pay more attention, work harder, and do well in school.
From biofeedback technology, an 8 week in clinic Zones of regulation program, to spending time in our multi-sensory space; we have lots of options to help your child to learn to self regulate.
Cellfield - a reading disability program
Straight from Australia - the Cellfield program is a brain based 12 week intervention reading disability program that helps rehabilitate and strengthen the auditory and the visual processing skills that cause difficulty for these readers. This program gets to the root cause(neuroplasticity) by using visual exercises to stimulate visual attention, visual processing and working memory, as well as acoustically modified sound to assist auditory perception. In doing so, it develops neurological connections and activation of parts of the brain which are involved in reading. Time committment:
Phase 1 - 1 hr a day for 10 days on a computerized program consisting of a number of visual activities, ocular- motor activities, reading activities, connecting phonics to vision, and working memory exercises. Uses neuroplasticity principles to open more expedient pathways for the job of reading and learning.
Phase 2 - 1 hr a week for 10 weeks on an individualized program to work on reading speed, comprehension, and decoding.
Note that 2-3 testing sessions wil l be required
Brain-imaging technology has made it possible to see brains working while a child is reading. Typical readers use their left half of their brain in a compact, interconnected and highly efficient way. Poor readers use both sides of their brains in a disconnected and highly inefficient way (Sally Shaywitz, 2004).
Auditory Integration Training
Bérard AIT or Tomatis was developed to address auditory hypersensitivity, distortions, and delays in listening that negatively impact processing auditory information. The system uses modulated music fed through headphones to an individual to train the middle and inner ear to improve listening skills. We have a 10 -14 hour in clinic program or a home listening program. It involves listening (from 30-90 min a day) to either mainstream or classical music that has been acoustically modified and delivered through special headphones air and/or bone conduction to provide enhanced or filtered signals in certain frequencies.
Listening training is excellent for those with sensory processing disorder (Hall and Case-Smith, 2007) and diagnoses that present with sensory processing difficulties.
Brain Timing Training
There exists a growing body of literature describing the brain timing deficits in various learning difficulties (Shaffer et al, 2001). By addressing timing in the brain with functional therapy interventions you are addressing areas that impact achievement and independence. The game-like auditory-visual platform engages the client and provides constant feedback at the millisecond level to promote synchronized timing in the brain. Program 0ffered in clinic and in home.
Handwriting without tears
Handwriting is becoming a lost art. It is not in the school curriculum to be taught to students. This means that they have to pick it up as they go along which is hard for children with learning disabilities or delayed motor skills.
Lisa's Holistic Rehab has training in implementing the Handwriting without Tears curriculum. This is a multi sensory, engaging program that incorporates developmentally appropriate tools and strategies. It teaches efficient pencil grip, letter placement and formation and helps with reversals. This program can be offered individually or in groups.