What ıs Dyslexıa?
Understanding dyslexia is an essential task for everyone, as it affects 750 million people across the world. For context, about 5% to 10% of Americans have dyslexia. Dyslexia is a subtype of learning disabilities. Children with dyslexia have a natural vision and are as intelligent as their peers. But in school, they struggle more, because reading takes them longer. Words that are difficult to understand will find it difficult to read, write, and speak clearly. Like all autoimmune conditions, dyslexia is linked to the genetic makeup of the person – this is why it runs on families. The disorder results from the variations that interpret language in parts of the brain. Imaging scans of dyslexia scans indicate that the brain areas which should be active when a person reads are not functioning properly.
As most autoimmune diseases are genetic, the gene disruptions result in more than one condition being present in the person. For dyslexia, this condition is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In fact, 40% of children who have dyslexia have ADHD as well. Coupled with the hyperactivity that ADHD brings, dyslexic children have even a harder time dealing with their learning and reading disabilities. That is why dyslexia should be detected as early as possible to register the most appropriate treatment. Also, there are negative impacts of dyslexia other than learning problems.
Effects of dyslexıa
Children suffering from dyslexia experience
- Lack of motivation, low self-esteem and upset,
- Increased pressure with school,
- Frustration on their inability to meet expectations,
- Having more health problems,
- Feeling chronically inadequate.
Dyslexia does not only affect the child, it also has repercussions for the patient’s family. Studies show that parents of dyslexic children feel 95% more anxiety and experience depression more regularly. They are more likely to leave their career for their children to better help them with their education. There is also an overlooked financial side of the condition, as parents try to treat their child and spend $3500 more on education and treatment compared to other parents in the process.
Children are not the only demographic that suffer from the disease, as dyslexic adults also feel the strain of it throughout their life.
Adults suffering from dyslexia have
- A constant negative socio-economical impact on their daily lives,
- Higher level of unemployment,
- Alienation in the contemporary labor market,
- Having more health expenditures,
- Having promotion difficulties,
- Simple incremental cost of $9,592/month.
Many treatment programs have been developed to treat the disease and relieve the hardships caused by it. The most effective treatments include a combination of neurofeedback and sensory integration. Dyslexia treatment is a complex and rapidly evolving field of study, so combinative approaches are the best way to go. You can find out more about how Auto Train Brain, an effective treatment that has achieved this without relying on medication, on our blog. Below, you can find a summary of our approach to treating learning disabilities:
Whole Brain Approach
- First, Nutrition and Digestive health programme to reduce toxins and help restore neurotransmitter balance. The goal is to get the brain chemistry into a position where learning and change comes easier. Hypobaric oxygen can also be helpful at this stage.
- Second, Sensory Integration to train basic sensory skills that may have been missed or incomplete in early brain development.
- Third, AutoTranBrain to help deeply entrenched brain patterns become more flexible, and neurofeedback to help restore function, emotional balance, increase processing speed and improve communication between brain areas.
the relatıonshıp between dyslexıa and other learnıng dısorders
The autism spectrum, dyslexia and developmental disorders are complex, and there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. Rewiring the brain is a step by step process; there are no quick fixes, but steady progress can be made.
We begin with a comprehensive intake to determine which brain systems are struggling, and what therapies are the most likely to yield results. We will then send you a reading list so you can better understand the various approaches.
Parents know what is working and what isn’t, where their child struggles and where they don’t. A bit of self-education on brain training principles goes a long way in determining the best way forward.
We recommend an integrated ‘back to basics’ approach; retraining the brain from the ground up. Neurofeedback might be one component of the programme, but is seldom the place to begin.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT OUR TREATMENT APPROACH
Sabancı University Computer Science and Engineering PhD Candidate Günet Eroğlu developed a neurofeedback-based mobile phone application for dyslexic children. The application helps to reduce the effects of dyslexia, a subgroup of specific learning disorders for which a pharmaceutical treatment is not yet available, and to improve the academic achievement of such children.
Dyslexia is defined as a neurological difference in acquiring reading, spelling and writing skills by the European Dyslexia Association, and is seen in individuals with both average and above-average intellect. Thought to have affected geniuses such as Einstein, Mozart and Leonardo da Vinci, dyslexia is usually discovered in the first years of primary school as it affects reading skills.
Education is the only treatment
Dyslexia is seen in 10 to 15% of schoolchildren. According to research, 83% of children who have been diagnosed and have gone special education by the first, second or third grades can continue their academic life without issues.
Individuals who were dyslexic as children have relatively improved immunity in their adulthood and encounter fewer problems in school, but have an increased propensity towards Alzheimer’s in later years. Therefore, lifelong and continuous learning is critical to improve cognitive capacity and preserve health.
The application improves reading speed and reduces errors in dyslexic children
The “Auto Train Brain” mobile application supports learning in children with visual and auditory games and improves through feeding their brain signals back to them (neurofeedback). According to pre-tests on 100 healthy participants, reading performances increased and fewer mistakes are done during reading.
“Auto Train Brain” receives TÜBİTAK and DCP support
HMS Health Mobile Software Sağlık Mobil Yazılım ve Eğitim A.Ş. (HMS A.Ş. https://healthmobilesoftware.com/) was founded by Günet Eroğlu, a woman entrepreneur, in partnership with the Sabancı University commercialization interface INOVENT A.Ş. and with funding support by the “TÜBİTAK 1512-BIGG” program, and also received investment from Diffusion Capital Partners (DCP) this month. HMS A.Ş. become one of the technology investments of DCP, Turkey’s first technology transfer and risk capital fund management company.
Günet Eroğlu devised this software based on her own experiences, and continues her efforts under the guidance of Sabancı University Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences professors Müjdat Çetin and Selim Balcısoy. The funds will be used for R&D efforts and further improvement of the application.
Sabancı University has made a patent application for “Auto Train Brain”, and the mobile application will be available on Google Play Store on December 31, 2017, and on App Store on February 28, 2018.