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Treatments & Therapies

Is LD a prescription for failure? Absolutely not. Can individuals who have LD achieve success? Absolutely yes. Here’s where it gets tricky: What specific types of intervention and therapy could help to overcome or compensate for LD-related difficulties? Are these treatments quick fixes, or will they have lasting results? Are they based on strong scientific evidence or wishful thinking? Read on so that you can make informed decisions.

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Treatments & Therapies



Cures for LD? Consumer Beware!

Controversial Therapies - Cures for LD?

Sometimes, smart people believe dumb things. We are tricked into thinking that something is true because of slick advertising that includes pictures of the brain and lots of scientific words and medical jargon. We embrace ideas and therapies that feed into our beliefs, even when our information is faulty and plays to our emotions, leading us to follow our hearts rather than our heads, especially when ideas are presented under the cloak of “science.” With only the best of intentions, we allow others to recommend or make choices for us because we don’t trust our ability to weigh evidence carefully. We are... human!

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So You’re Thinking About Vision Therapy?

Controversial Therapies - Vision TherapyThere is an age old proverb that says “the eyes are the windows to the soul.” And today, we can take it even one step further and say that the eyes are windows to the mind, or perhaps more precisely, the brain. With some disorders, the eye literally allows physicians to peek at the inner workings of parts of the brain and observe structures such as nerves and other brain matter.

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Could Vision Issues Be Contributing to Your Child’s Difficulty With Learning?

Could Vision Issues Be Contributing to Your Child’s Difficulty with Learning?Parents and educators often ask us questions about vision therapy and if it can be helpful for children with LD. While vision problems are not the cause of dyslexia or other learning disabilities, vision issues such as convergence insufficiency can certainly interfere with learning and contribute to difficulties with attention and behavior. And some practitioners report that convergence insufficiency may be more common in individuals with LD and ADHD.

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So You’re Thinking About Auditory Training Therapy?

Controversial Therapies - Auditory Training TherapyThere are some individuals who have receptive and expressive language difficulties that impact their learning and behavior. As young children, they struggle to “hear” the subtle differences between sounds in words and as they get older, they have trouble listening and understanding when information, and especially new ideas, are presented quickly and out of context.

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Controversial Therapies: What Parents Need to Know

Controversial Therapies - Learning DisabilitiesWhen it comes to specific learning disabilities, there are some things that we know for sure: they are real, they are not something that a person outgrows, and they are equal opportunity disorders, meaning that they affect males and females alike and don’t confine themselves to a particular place or situation. Ask anyone who struggles, for example, with dyslexia (LD in reading) about their challenges in areas such as sounding out words, spelling, writing and understanding and remembering what they’ve read and it will become clear that LD does not just go away and can, throughout a person’s lifetime, pose hurdles to success in school, at home, in the community, and in the workplace.

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So You’re Thinking About Sensory Integration and Movement Therapy?

Controversial LD Therapies | Sensory and Movement TherapyWe know that that some individuals with learning disabilities (LD) and ADHD have difficulties with fine and gross motor skills, and that targeted intervention and practice in such areas as handwriting, manipulating scissors and even running, jumping and bouncing a ball can result in improvement over time. There are not, however, good data to suggest that remediating these types of weakness will result in overall improvement with regard to learning and attention, and studies have yet to demonstrate a treatment that offers relief to those with LD or ADHD.

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So You’re Thinking About Train-the-Brain Therapies?

Controversial LD Therapies - Train-the-Brain Approach“Training-the-brain” is without question, a good thing to try to do… and we all do it all the time. Think about the first time you flipped an omelet… it got easier the more you practiced, right? And knotting a tie? How about learning to drive a car, or heading out on ice skates or the ski slope? The human brain is comprised of more than 100 billion cells (neurons) each of which is connected to thousands of nearby cells as well as to many millions of other cells in almost every other region of the brain. Think about it: more than 100 trillion connections, sending and receiving information 24/7, every day of our life. Every time we engage in an activity, no matter how small or seemingly effortless, we’re not just using one part of our brain. Our brains are flooded with an almost constant stream of information, and while certain areas of the brain have been shown to be more active during certain types of tasks, we are still learning about the particular roles that certain areas and structures in the brain play during learning.

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Questions to Ask About Controversial Treatments for LD

Questions to Ask - Controversial Treatments for LDSome people will believe just about anything... and that’s not a criticism, it’s just human nature. And parents of children who struggle with learning are no exception. In fact, they are likely to be more vulnerable to believing what they hear about promising treatments for learning disabilities (LD) because of the enormous pressure they feel to make the right decisions about how best to help their children succeed.

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So You’re Thinking About Food and Nutrition Therapy?

Controversial LD Therapies | Food Nutrition TherapyA few weeks ago, I saw a half-page advertisement in a major national newspaper and my jaw dropped in amazement. It talked about a new “memory pill” that was safe (“nutritional supplement”) and that, through “biochemical coaxing” could “help restore depleted neurotransmitters” and “enhance alertness, concentration, and memory… in as little as 30 days.”

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Convergence Insufficiency Symptoms Checklist

Convergence Insufficiency Symptoms ChecklistVision therapy is a hot topic in the world of helping children who struggle to learn. While vision problems are not the cause of dyslexia or other learning disabilities, vision issues such as convergence insufficiency can certainly interfere with learning and contribute to difficulties with learning and behavior. To learn more about convergence insufficiency and vision therapy, check out our Q&A with Debbie Walhof, MD and Leonard Press, OD.

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