Dealing with Dyslexia

When I first set up this web-site, in 2010, I wanted to draw attention to reading problems caused by tracking disorders. You can see how I started it below and can follow what I discovered and published on the other pages of this web-site.

‘Dealing with Dyslexia’ is a new project; I aim to produce six or more videos and a short book trying to help parents who are struggling to deal with reading problems or dyslexia.

There will be a Facebook page to introduce the project; once I have set it up I will post details here.

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First Thoughts – from 2010 – about tracking and reading problems

The Guardian published a leader about dyslexia on 26th. February, 2010.

The leader writer suggested that Finns and the Italians, whose languages are almost entirely phonetic, never suffer from dyslexia.

Apparently this is wrong – there are children with reading problems in both countries and you can translate the word dyslexia into both these languages.

But I wrote in to draw attention to other problems, tracking disorders, which are just as incapacitating as dyslexia but much less well known. These are some of the things I said:

Youngsters, especially young males, can suffer very severely from a little known eye problem which is often confused with dyslexia. It makes reading and conventional spelling almost impossible.

This disability, not too strong a word, is called a tracking disorder and an eye specialist tells me that around 20% of British children (most often boys) are afflicted with it to some extent. After years of intensive treatment and with a lot of special help, a young man whom I tried to help still struggled to read fluently out loud.

He probably only really reads two letters in every five and guesses the others because his eyes won’t ‘fixate’ accurately as they traverse a line of text.

Americans seem to know all about tracking problems and so do some Australians and Canadians. But there are very few British people (even amongst teachers and opticians) who have any idea of the problem and how to deal with it. It is a small problem, not normally indicated by conventional eye tests, which can cause huge educational problems. It can incapacitate children in a very serious way.

If you know children who struggle with reading for no apparent reason, do not assume that dyslexia (or the hopelessly chaotic ‘rules’ of British spelling) are the only possible causes.

Inadequate tracking may be another important issue.

Tracking problems are what this web-site was about, to begin with.

I hope it can help, if you have or know children who suffer in this way.

 


 


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An Introduction

If your child has reading difficulties, a little known eye problem may be causing them.

It’s called TRACKING.

Tracking problems are not the same as dyslexia. In some children, especially boys, the muscles of the eyes don’t work precisely enough to read fluently and accurately and distinguish each letter and spot the front and end of each word.

Your child may not be able to see a*l th* le*te*s *n wo*d* cl*arl*

Your child may not be see to able to see to words all the a in in a sentence order in the

Tracking problems do not show up in ordinary eye tests. Children with perfect sight can find it very difficult to read.

Because reading and writing are so crucial at school – even at pre-school – your child may suffer seriously if you and your child’s teachers don’t realise what is happening and do something about it.

The child may become very unhappy and frustrated if he or she can’t read or write fluently when other children of the same age can. A bright child who can’t read feels like a fool and may turn against education completely because of a relatively minor sight problem.

If you think this may be happening to your child, have a look through the comments and materials here in this blog – it’s meant to help you and it’s free for you to use, copy or download.

It offers advice and anecdotes about experience with tracking problems and some possible contacts and references and details of useful web-sites.

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