Archive for the ‘Dylsexia’ Category

Some very smart, accomplished people cannot read well

Thursday, December 16th, 2010 by admin

Dyslexia is characterized by difficult reading even “in relation to intelligence, education and professional status” (Science Daily).  This means that dyslexia causes reading difficulties despite the individual’s IQ.  Researchers at Yale School of Medicine and University of California Davis recently presented data illustrating how “otherwise bright and intelligent people struggle to read.”

The researchers used data from the Connecticut Longitudinal Study, which is an ongoing 12-year study of cognitive and behavioral development in a representative sample of 445 Connecticut school children.  Researchers tested the children every year in reading and tested for IQ every other year, hoping “to show how the dissociation between cognitive ability and reading ability might develop in children.”Researchers found that in typical readers, IQ and reading not only track together, but also influence each other over time.  Children with dyslexia, however, experience a dissociation between IQ and reading: IQ and reading are not linked over time and do not influence one another, which explains why people with dyslexia can be very intelligent and not read well.

Brainjogging and the dyslexic brain

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 by admin

Children with dyslexia, despite displaying intellectual ability in other areas and having received appropriate education, often have difficulties with reading, writing and spelling.  The June 2010 issue of Elsevier’s Cortex contains findings from Vanderbilt University, Johns Hopkins University and Kennedy Krieger Institute researchers that suggest “a connection between difficulties with written language and structural differences in the brain” (Science Daily).

The brain contains white matter.  This white matter consists of bundles of fiber that are essentially the wiring that allows brain cells to communicate.  The brain’s left-hemisphere language network is made up of bundles of these fibers, which contain branches that extend from the back of the brain to the front parts, which are responsible for articulation and speech.  In individuals with dyslexia, there is a structural difference in a very important bundle of fibers in the left-hemisphere language network.Using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), researchers traced the course of this bundle in its network and “discovered that it ran through a frontal brain region known to be less well organized in the dyslexic brain” (Science Daily).  Additionally, they found that “fibers in that frontal part of the tract were oriented differently in dyslexia,” substantiating that dyslexia is directly related to structural abnormalities in the brain.

One of the study’s researchers, Laurie Cutting, of Vanderbilt University, stated, “If you have decreased integrity of white matter, the front and back part of your brain are not talking to one another.  This would affect reading, because you need both to act as a cohesive unit.”

Brainjogging helps regions of the brain talk to each other.  Individuals with dyslexia actually show the fastest and most sustained response to Brainjogging when related to other learning disabilities.  Brainjogging encourages communicate between brain regions, thereby better enabling the circuitry involved in many tasks, including reading, writing and spelling.  Brainjogging works for individuals with dyslexia because Brainjogging helps the brain to act as a cohesive unit; the dyslexic brain does not act cohesively unless it is trained to do so.  Brainjogging trains the dyslexic brain!

Brainjogging serves military families

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 by admin

Fort Benning is a thriving military base in the southeast – and one of the busiest Army installations in the United States. Over 130,000 Soldiers and civilians live, work, train or use services at Fort Benning.  Brainjogging is proud to serve military families!  Our offices in LaGrange, Georgia and in Columbus, Georgia are accessible to Fort Benning’s Soldiers and their families.  Our convenient Columbus location, at 1022 2nd Avenue, provides expedient access to services for military families of children with learning disabilities.

Brainjogging specializes in learning disabilities and behavior disorders.  Living with a child with a learning disability or behavior disorder can be difficult even when two parents are involved; it can be even more difficult when one partner is deployed.  Brainjogging has been proven to increase attention levels, increase memory retention, build perceptual and processing abilities and improve motor skills!  We have enormous success with students with learning disabilities and behavior disorders.  We hope to be able to use our talents to serve Fort Benning military families and their children with learning disabilities.  Brainjogging is excited to extend a 10% discount on therapy sessions to military families! Please call our main office at 706.884.4492 for more information.

Brainjogging supports RFB&D – and so do Brainjoggers’ parents!

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 by admin

Brainjogging encourages students to listen to audiobooks while simultaneously following along with the book’s corresponding physical text. Brainjogging frequently recommends Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) to Brainjoggers and parents.  RFB&D is a national non

Students use RFB&D's DAISY players to read and listen to text simultaneously.

profit with more than 61,000 accessible audiobook titles ranging from popular literature to textbooks.  Please take a moment to explore RFB&D’s website; RFB&D is an invaluable resource for individuals with learning disabilities.

Several Brainjoggers have enjoyed enormous success using RFB&D’s audiobooks.  Hearing and seeing information simultaneously exponentially increases comprehension.  Brainjoggers listen to RFB&D’s audiobooks on their own time, but Brainjogging helps Brainjoggers generate word lists for the Brainjogging that include relevant information gleaned from their reading experience: main characters, themes, plot elements, etc.  Brainjoggers see improved AR test scores after combining their Brainjogging program with RFB&D’s audiobook resources!

The following is an actual letter written by Gail P. Dalton, MD, in appreciation of RFB&D’s assistance with her daughter Virginia, a high school freshman and longtime Brainjogger: