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Dyslexia and Alternative Therapies

Dyslexia and Alternative Therapies

Maria Chivers



A good book about how alternative therapies can help dyslexia. It mentions each therapy individually and explains what it is, how it works, how many sessions are needed, who will benefit, and if it can be done at home.'

- Education Otherwise

This comprehensive book offers clear and balanced information on a range of alternative therapies for individuals with dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia or ADHD.

The author provides an overview of each therapeutic option, method of use and case examples, covering nutritional supplements, massage, acupuncture and hypnotherapy, among others. She also includes contributions from experienced alternative therapists, offering an insider's view of what works and what does not. Her objective approach will enable the reader to make an informed choice from among the many available options. A bibliography and a list of useful contacts are also provided.

This book is a key resource for anyone interested in exploring alternative therapy approaches to dyslexia and related difficulties, particularly for parents of people with dyslexia, dyslexics themselves and the professionals who work with them.

Tests for dyslexia available for children from the age of 4:5 years are discussed. Many dyslexics also have ear and eye problems that go undetected. The book lists possible remedies available such as tinted glasses, nutritional supplements, exercise, multi-sensory teaching methods and NLP and provides useful contact addresses and further reading leads.
The Teacher Trainer
This book will be informative and helpful to those involved with dyslexic children... This book informs and will help parents to make these decisions.
British Dyslexia Association (BDA), Contact Magazine
Maria Chivers is the Founder of the Swindon Dyslexia Centre. She writes and lectures on dyslexia and her book Practical Strategies for Living with Dyslexia was published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in 2001. She has two sons, both of whom have dyslexia. Maria lives in Wiltshire, UK.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Dyslexia and Alternative Therapies 3
Introduction 13
1. Alternative Therapies 15
Do complementary and alternative therapies work? 16
A word of caution 16
Take care when looking for a therapist 17
2. Identifying Learning Difficulties 19
Dyslexia and specific learning difficulties 20
Dyslexia in children 20
Adult dyslexia 23
Dyscalculia 25
Dysgraphia 26
Dyspraxia 28
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder 30
Summing up 33
3. Hearing 34
Listening checklist 35
Tomatis 36
Auditory Integration Training 37
Lexiphone 38
InteractiveMetronome® 39
Music therapy 41
Summing up 42
4. Bodyworks 43
Chiropractic by Christopher Vickers 43
Physiotherapy and occupational therapy 46
Osteopathy 47
Alexander technique 48
Yoga 49
Pilates 51
Feldenkrais 52
Zero Balancing 53
Summing up 54
5. Developmental Delay 55
Brain Gym® 55
PrimaryMovement® 57
Learning Breakthrough 58
Brushing technique by DavidMulhall 59
Summing up 61
6. Vision 62
Irlen Syndrome 63
Coloured overlays 65
Intuitive Colorimeter 66
ChromaGen™ lenses 67
Harris Filters 67
Visual Tracking Magnifier 68
Dunlop test 69
Optometric evaluation by Keith Holland 70
Summing up 72
7. Nutrition and Health 73
Feingold Hypothesis 74
Refined sugar 74
Fatty acids 74
Zinc deficiency 77
Iron deficiency 78
Herbal medicine 80
Ayurvedic medicine 81
Allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities 82
Summing up 84
8. The Power of Touch 85
Massage 85
Acupressure 87
Acupuncture 88
Aromatherapy 90
Reflexology 92
Reiki 94
Bowen Technique 95
Emotional Freedom Technique 96
Summing up 97
9. Holistic Healing 98
Naturopathy 98
Homeopathy 99
Flower remedies 100
Crystals 102
Summing up 103
10. Therapies of the Future 104
Clinical Hypnosis by Angie Lawrence 104
Light and Colour Therapy 106
Dolphin Assisted Therapy 107
Summing up 108
11. Bioenergy Therapies 110
Bi-Aura therapy 111
Electromagnetic Field Balancing Technique 111
Distant healing 112
Summing up 113
12. Stress Management 114
What is stress management? 114
Conclusiojn 117