Dyslexia is widely misunderstood by most people. It can be described as a difficulty with words - but this is a very simplistic view. There are over 300 definitions including
"a disorder manifested by difficulty in learning to read despite conventional instruction, adequate intelligence and sociocultural opportunity".The World Federation of Neurology
"a reading disability resulting from the inability to process graphic symbols".MedlinePlus and the National Institutes of Health
''Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty which mainly affects the development of literacy and language related skills. It is likely to be present at birth and to be lifelong in its effects. It is characterised by difficulties with phonological processing, rapid naming, working memory, processing speed, and the automatic development of skills that may not match up to an individual’s other cognitive abilities. It tends to be resistant to conventional teaching methods, but its effects can be mitigated by appropriately specific intervention, including the application of information technology and supportive counselling" British Dyslexia Association
There are three proposed cognitive subtypes of dyslexia: auditory, visual and attentional. Although dyslexia is not an intellectual disability, it is considered both a learning and a reading disability.Dyslexia and IQ are not interrelated, since reading and cognition develop independently in individuals who have dyslexia.
We specialise in the visual aspects of dyslexia and have written a number of books, authored a video in association with a leading UK university, developed world leading new assessment and management techniques and lectured at a large number of international conferences.
We developed new instrumentation and have won numerous awards for research and development in this area.
It is extremely complex – but the results can be outstanding and literally life changing. We DO NOT AGREE that it cannot be treated and it is for life!
The assessment is enjoyable and results are immediate.
Results of tests
These will be discussed and treatment will be undertaken as appropriate. Treatment may include tinted lenses (we use the largest colour range in the world – no other range comes near), magnification, lighting modification and change, exercises, contact lenses, ergonomic advice on task set and classroom design and more. We may refer for other assessments with other professionals and are happy to work with the school (with your permission) to achieve optimum results.
If you wish us to write a report there is a charge for this.
Assessment is free. Standard lenses and frames will be paid for by the NHS when appropriate. However there is a supplementary charge for band filters.
Magnifiers have a small charge, but full lighting change can be costly (very rare)
Contact lenses may be costly.(we were the first opticians in the world to fit contact lenses for dyslexia)
changes in brain arousal levels using unique methods developed by Orthoscopics