Enormous sums of money are spent on reading programs and books. Schools have reading specialists and consultants. A great deal of instructional time is spent on the teaching of reading. In most schools, more time is spent on instructional reading than any other subject. There are motivational programs to encourage reading, unlike other subjects, such as summer reading programs, library programs and even high profile wives of recent American Presidents encouraging literacy programs and interest in reading. Why is there so much emphasis on reading by so many? It is because the majority or our children are poor readers. Many can not read at all and almost all could be reading better than they are. Unfortunately, the Herculean effort put forth by schools, teachers and parents to solve this problem continues to fail many children. even though they have good intelligence and are often doing very well in other subjects.
The reason for such failure is that the majority of solutions being tried are based on the thinking that the problem will improve only when the right teaching method is found for a particular child. When that fails to produce results, the next attempt usually involves more reading. That approach is based on the misguided thinking that if you have a child do more of what he does poorly, he will somehow learn to do it right. Children with reading problems then face the stress of the regular reading lesson, the reading tutor and then the reading required at home. Their day is full of frustration and failure which can often lead to undesirable behaviors or worse, a poor attitude regarding learning and school. When this strategy fails, and it will, schools will then blame the problem on the child being lazy and in some cases, they may even try to somehow put the blame on parents.
The real problem here is that schools are just ill equipped to find the root cause of the problem. In some cases, they actually discover that a particular child may have some sort of neurological block but are even less equipped to do something constructive about it. Schools have become so frustrated over this issue that they actually invented a term they can throw at the problem when all else fails. That term is dyslexia which means having difficulty in reading and we don't know why.
Reading requires a variety of complex neurological skill. The nervous system must be able to perceive visually in accurate ways. It must be able to decode abstract letters and words. It must process this information by efficiently filtering, associating, sorting, storing and retrieving. It must do all this and much more in consistent, organized and skilled ways that occur automatically. The skill of reading requires a nervous system that has perfected all of its learning skills. This is what makes a child a good learner. Once those skills are acquired, it makes little difference what method or what specialist is used. Children with efficient nervous system that perceive and process well, learn to the level of their potential, Reading becomes a joy for such children because they can do so successfully. Dr. Unruh has been providing help for children with reading problems since 1965 and as such, represents one of the most experienced services in the world. We do not treat reading problems with hours of extra reading.
Instead, we examine all the important neurological learning skills that should be well established by the time children reach the age of six. This is the age when the maturing process of a healthy nervous system is completed. For many children, the nervous system simply fails to fully develop some very important learning skills. Once these skills are evaluated, training the ones that are immature or weak can produce excellent results. This can happen regardless of age. The cause, not the symptom can be helped returning the child to the successful, self-assured individual they were meant to be.
If you and your child can follow a half hour or so of specialized training exercises follow a simple healthy diet and you can come for visits every four months, please contact us. You can start your child on a more successful path by working on the problem instead of the symptom.