Dyslexia & Reading Challenges
The Learning Breakthrough Program is best known for enabling reading improvements and enhancing the lives of people with dyslexia and other reading difficulties by addressing underlying brain weaknesses that limit reading success.
Parents, educators and therapists work everyday to help both children and adults who suffer from dyslexia or who read below grade level. However, when only the symptoms are treated, all that hard work may not be enough. Learning Breakthrough provides a powerful way to overcome the core brain processing hurdles that make reading so difficult for some people. The program's exercises, done each day, make reading effort as effective as possible. Fix the root cause and the difficulties lessen and often go away.
The Brain Mechanics of Reading
Understanding the mechanics of the reading process sheds some light on how the brain calibration activities of Learning Breakthrough help fix the processing challenges that dyslexics exhibit. The right side of the brain controls the left eye's function and the left side of the brain controls the function of the right eye. These two sides of the brain must coordinate seamlessly in order to deliver and integrate visual information properly and they need to do this while viewing text that is starting on the left side of a page, moving across the mid-line of the page, and finishing up on the right side of the page. For example, if only one of our eyes is being used to reliably acquire visual information, the resulting imbalance generates a very basic hurdle for the reader. The reader starts to rely on this compensating behavior, and often ends up taking it for granted, but it must be overcome (recalibrated) in order for the brain's many processes that rely on visual input to mesh precisely for success with reading and other cognitive tasks. Refining this entire process is the program's objective and why the exercises make the user apply both sides of their body (through the visual, movement and balance systems) to every task. Coordinating movement accross one's midline, along with a progressive balance challenge, is a well known combination of brain training events that can have a significant, positive effect on reading skills.
Other Dyslexia Symptoms and Visual Processing Issues
Other visual processing challenges that are known to be symptomatic among dyslexics (and those with general reading weaknesses) include the presence of eye strain, accuracy of focus problems, vertical alignment issues, and problems related to the integrity and stability of the visual field, functioning of temporal and nasal visual fields, and equality of brightness and structure of visual space. Dyslexics often confuse left and right, write letters or numbers backward, transpose letters and numbers and often describe materials as "lifting" off the page. These issues have been correctly identified as symptoms of underlying problems with binocularity, spatial awareness and sequencing that the Learning Breakthrough Program is specifically designed to correct.
Balance, Vision and Dyslexia Treatment
Although we think of vision in the limited terms of "seeing", the actual visual system is deeply integrated into higher level brain functions and, like all brain systems, orients itself to the rest of the world via our balance system. Understanding how fine balance, posture and proper eye tracking have an impact on visual perception is critical to understanding how our two eyes work together to influence the entire reading process. Learning Breakthrough strengthens the entire cognitive process that underlies reading by focusing on vestibular training with a specialized variable difficulty balance platform, the Belgau Balance Board, that is at the heart of the program.
When you consider that many dyslexia sufferers have developed years of habits designed to compensate for these processing limitations, it becomes all the more clear that "calibrating" the brain is critical to successfully addressing the source of dyslexia symptoms. By improving sensory integration skills directly, program users are able to reach their true reading, language and verbal processing potential.
The Learning Breakthrough Program uses balance and precise physical movements as its central components. Because proper and consistent use addresses the underlying issues that cause reading problems, the program provides an ideal treatment for those who suffer from dyslexia or seek to improve their general reading skills. The program is well organized, easy to use, contains a helpful work along DVD, and comes with a day no-questions-asked return policy.