The term dyslexia literally means the inability to read. It involves much more than simply reversing numbers and letters-something that does not occur in all cases. Dyslexia involves challenges with acquiring and using language.

Other typical difficulties in dyslexia are:

1. Delayed speech

2.  Organizing written and spoken language

3. Learning letters and their sounds

4. Memorizing number facts

5. Reading

6. Spelling

7. Learning foreign languages

8. Math calculations

Dyslexics are generally intelligent and articulate; however, they cannot read, write, or spell on a level with their peers. Thus, they tend to have academic problems which can lead to frustration and behavioral issues. They are often labeled as lazy, immature, and unintelligent. They tend to have strengths in art, drama, music, sports, mechanics, story-telling, sales, business, designing, and building.

Dyslexia, like ADHD, is caused by a developmental delay, resulting in Functional Disconnect Syndrome – impaired communication between the right and left sides of the brain. In dyslexia, the left hemisphere is weak; however, areas of the right hemisphere may be deficient as well. Thus, a careful history and extensive neurological examination are needed to design a remedial program to enhance communication between the two sides of the brain. When hemispheric integration is performed correctly, the results are very positive. If your child has been diagnosed with dyslexia and you are searching for a new approach, please call Sotis Chiropractic and Hemispheric Integration Clinic at (401) 383-1711.