EFFECTIVE THERAPIES FOR DYSLEXIA 

It is important to know what you are committing to when you purchase therapy for your child.  There are very clear guidelines about what is effective therapy for dyslexia: an approach using Structured Literacy based on the Orton-Gillingham approach is the only approach with a large amount of high-quality research to back it up. 

Please beware highly-marketed, expensive programs that promise to 'cure' dyslexia!  Many of them misrepresent what dyslexia is and will set your child up for failure because they do not teach the critical literacy skills your dyslexic child needs.  You can read a summary of what Dyslexia actually is, here.

Sensory-based therapies, exercise programs, vision therapy and audiology training do not have sufficiently robust evidence to recommend them as therapies for dyslexia.  They may help if a child has problems with an area that these therapies target.  Although some people with dyslexia have trouble processing sounds, there is no evidence that training this ability in itself will improve dyslexia.  Likewise, children with incoordination or visual processing problems may benefit from help from an occupational therapist or behavioural optometrist. Phonics literacy programs are also not sufficient for children with dyslexia: some short-term gains may be made but your child is likely to still have difficulty with reading fluency and comprehension if they are taught phonics alone.

Literacy intervention for dyslexic children should follow the International Dyslexia Association's Knowledge & Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.

Children with dyslexia may have difficulties in other areas, such as attention, organising themselves, and self-esteem.  An Educational Therapist can work with the child and their family to address all of these issues alongside academic learning.

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