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Dyslexia is a SYMPTOM with many causes......

Posted By: Pat (A+)
Date: Tuesday, 2 May 2000, at 1:46 a.m.

In Response To: dyslexia (Cocky van Hesteren (A+))

Dyslexia - impairment of the ability to learn to read in the presence of normal (whatever that is) intelligence is multifactorial. For instance, it can have boichemical correlates (which diet may affect), it can be the result of congenital and/or inherited structural brain differences, from brain damage, and from slower-that-normal development of normal brain structure and function (diet probably won't affect these). It can be related to inappropriate teaching. Perceptual, conceptual and psycholinguistic aspects of development may be involved. For instance, there may be primary (prior) deficits in normal acquisition of language that impair the acquisition of secondary (reading) and tertiary (written language) functions. Just to name a few possible contributing factors .....

So, you can see, dyslexia is a VERY complex condition, and a proper diagnostic workup is a great idea - if you have a team of professionals who are properly trained and experienced in the assessment and management of DEVELOPMENTAL dyslexia.

It is true that many dyslexics have concomitant allergies and intolerances. More are left-handed that in the general population. More have hair that goes white before 30 than in the general population. More have auto-immune disorders than the general population. Weird, huh? If you are interested, I can point you to some research which attempts to explain why this is so.

So where does "remedial" diet fit in? It doesn't - not as a universal intervention. You need to discover just what are the causes of your friend's son's dyslexia before you can know what he needs to specifically address HIS unique difficulties and strengths. And, of course, Eating Right for blood type is just plain good sense for everyone. It may or may not act specifically for dyslexia problems, depending on what the boy's diagnosis is.

Don't know if this just makes the whole business more confusing!!! As someone with NO (not white) hair once said. "It's a puzzlement"!!!


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