Dyslexia

Having a child diagnosed with dyslexia can be a traumatic experience. While dyslexia can make reading more difficult, with the right instruction, almost all individuals with dyslexia can learn to read. Many people with dyslexia have gone on to accomplish great things. Among the many dyslexia success stories are Thomas Edison, Stephen Spielberg, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Charles Schwab.

Dyslexia is a neurological condition caused by a different wiring of the brain. There is no cure for dyslexia and individuals with this condition must learn coping strategies. Research indicates that dyslexia has no relationship to intelligence. Individuals with dyslexia are neither more nor less intelligent than the general population. But some say the way individuals with dyslexia think can actually be an asset in achieving success.

In public school settings where many teachers are not knowledgeable about this condition, students with dyslexia may be considered stupid or lazy. Parents who have children diagnosed with dyslexia should seek out reading instruction that is based upon a systematic and explicit understanding of language structure, including phonics.

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Autism, Dyslexia

Ground-breaking work with  AutoTrainBrain techniques is yielding results that are re-writing the book on what is possible in brain development.

 

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.

 

In broad terms, our approach has three stages. None are easy; all take time. Patience and dedication to the process are key.

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.

Neurofeedback,The activity in your brain determines everything you feel and do.

While most people have normal brain function, they still have brain imbalances or chronic emotions that affect their day to day life. This is where neurofeedback can help.

Neurofeedback is a way to train brain activity; it is biofeedback for the brain. To understand neurofeedback, first we need to understand a little about brainwaves.

Brainwaves are the electrical impulses produced as your brain cells communicate with one another. Brainwaves tell us a great deal about how you feel and function; your thought habits, stress levels, underlying mood and overall brain function.

Using sensors on the scalp, we can measure and monitor this activity. With brain analysis software (QEEG brain map), we can identify what specific activity is giving rise to your symptoms.

Once we know the areas of concern, we can create a training plan to help draw your brain into a comfortable, efficient state. That brings us to neurofeedback.

During a neurofeedback session, we compare what your brain is actually doing to what you’d like it to be doing. When your brain is nearing a more comfortable state, you are rewarded with a positive response on a computer screen. Usually this ‘neuro-feedback’ is in the form of a video game, music, or movie.

The sounds and images tell you immediately when your brain approaches a more efficient place and when not. When the movie plays, it is because your brain is approaching the desired state. When the movie stops, it is because your brain is heading the other way.

Much like physical exercises develop specific muscles, the more your brain is exercised into reaching a more comfortable, more efficient position, the better it gets at it (see neuroplasticity). As with learning any new skill, it simply requires time and repetition.

Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that affects your ability to read, spell, write, and speak. Kids who have it are often smart and hardworking, but they have trouble connecting the letters they see to the sounds those letters make.

About 5% to 10% of Americans have some symptoms of dyslexia, such as slow reading, trouble spelling, or mixing up words. Adults can have this learning disorder, as well. Some people are diagnosed early in life. Others don’t realize they have dyslexia until they get older.

Kids with dyslexia often have normal vision and are just as smart as their peers. But they struggle more in school because it takes them longer to read. Trouble processing words can also make it hard to spell, write, and speak clearly.

What Causes Dyslexia?

It’s linked to genes, which is why the condition often runs in families. You’re more likely to have dyslexia if your parents, siblings, or other family members have it.

The condition stems from differences in parts of the brain  that process language. Imaging scans in people with dyslexia show that areas of the  brain hat should be active when a person reads don’t work properly.

When children learn to read, they first figure out what sound each letter makes. For example, “B” makes a “buh” sound. “M” makes an “em” sound. Then, they learn how to put those sounds in order to form words (“C-A-T” spells “cat”). Finally, they have to figure out what words mean (“Cat” is a furry animal that meows).

For kids who have dyslexia, the brain  has a hard time connecting letters to the sounds they make, and then blending those sounds into words. So to someone with dyslexia, the word “cat” might read as “tac.” Because of these mix-ups, reading can be a slow and difficult process.

Dyslexia is different for everyone. Some people have a mild form that they eventually learn how to manage. Others have a little more trouble overcoming it. Even if children aren’t able to fully outgrow dyslexia, they can still go to college and succeed in life.

A mobile application to support education of dyslexic children

Sabancı University Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences Computer Science and Engineering PhD Candidate Günet Eroğlu developed “Auto Train Brain”, a mobile application for dyslexic children having academic and learning difficulties.

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.