You Can Heal the Brain with Heart-based Education, Food and Exercise
As a dyslexic mother of a dyslexic child, and a teacher of many students who have had dyslexic traits over the past 30 years, I am passionate about this topic. I do not accept that dyslexic children are less than capable. In fact, I believe them MORE capable in many, many areas, including creativity! In order to learn, I had to create some methods to translate the world of words to my own inner world of pictures, thoughts and ideas.
When I began teaching young children this way, they lit up and began to become hungrily curious to learn more. I looked up to Heaven and knew that this was why I was placed upon this planet with so many cognitive strikes against me from the beginning: to help others.
Children thrive with right-brain teaching techniques. Those with special learning profiles—including dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADD, ADHD, autism, etc.—absolutely SHINE! They see beyond what so-called "normal" children perceive. They love pictures, story-telling, color-coded, animated learning materials and fun-filled classes with lots of humor and praise. They are quintessential right-brain students.
What is dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a learning disability that effects many children and adults. But it has nothing to do with intelligence.
Many dyslexic people are also highly gifted. Take Albert Einstein, Walt Disney, Winston Churchill, and more recently Ted Turner, Richard Branson, Whoopie Goldberg, Jay Leno and Cher. Those with dyslexia experience:
- confusion with opposing concepts, such as before/after, right/left, etc.
- trouble learning sequential data, such as the alphabet (a,b,c,...)
- difficulty remembering words, labels or names
- a disconnect with common word patterns such as rhyming, syllables, or phonics
- misinterpretation of word combinations and meanings
- extreme shyness due to not wanting to make a mistake in public speech In short, dyslexia can be crippling......or not. In our ongoing right-brain educational research program, we have noticed that children with dyslexia excel in photographic memory, speed reading, and many forms of eidetic imagery. For example, when we flash 10 pictures, they will remember 10 pictures. If you tell them 200 items as a part of a silly story or song, they will recall them--and sometimes faster than others in class. How is this possible? We have a theory. The left hemisphere of the brain links to the left side of the body and the right hemisphere of the brain links to the left side of the body. There is a school of thought that says that when a person has dyslexia, the wiring is off. In other words, the right hemisphere might be connecting to the right side of the body and the left to the left side of the body. There is no crossing, which theoretically means decreased traffic across the corpus callosum. Dyslexic students are often "stuck" in one hemisphere or the other, and it is usually the right brain. Why is the right side of the brain important?
The brain is laterally divided into two hemispheres: the right side and the left side. The left side of the brain is also known as the "logical mind." The right side is known as the "emotional mind." In a nutshell... LEFT BRAIN (logical mind) = thinking skills, languageTeaching information using logic increases your child's intellectual understanding and practical problem-solving skills. RIGHT BRAIN (emotional mind) = creativity, imagination, imageryTeaching information using imagery builds photographic memory, an instinctual, creative gut understanding of the material. Children with so-called "learning disabilities" need to learn another way. They need to play, to move and to have healthy, loving family systems around them for support.
9 Steps To Heal the Brain with Heart-based Education, Food and Exercise
Here are some techniques that help dyslexic students learn more easily... STEP 1. Place colored cellophane sheets in soothing colors over pages of text.
For some children, the words dance around on the page. The colored hues placed over the text reduce eye strain and help the eyes focus on the words more comfortably. Colored cellophane can be purchased at arts