Dyslexia is a label given to individuals with a myriad of challenges that include but are not limited to transposing letters, poor visual discrimination and visual short term memory as well as trouble reading. At Brain Sprints we look at these symptoms differently. We view the individual as a whole and provide brain stimulating activities which greatly decrease or eliminate the root causes of the symptoms instead of teaching coping and compensating skills. Our approach, The NeuroDevelopmental Approach, is responsible for the success of thousands of individuals that have come to us in need of a better solution. The symptoms of Dyslexia don’t have to be a weight that is carried throughout life. There is hope for change and it is NEVER too late!

Dyslexia, the word that strikes fear and dread in the hearts of thousands of parents each year, is a complicated and controversial diagnosis. It is one of the largest categories of learning disabilities in the US.  Statistics show that there has been a 34.2% increase in children with specific learning disabilities in the last 5 years meaning that there has been a significant increase in children diagnosed with dyslexia.

According to the NCLD website1 in 16 public school students have an IEP (Individual Educational Plan) for Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) or other health impairments (OHI) which includes ADHD.  1 in 50 public school students have 504 plans that provide accommodations for learning struggles.They also state that, learning disabilities don’t suddenly appear in third grade. Researchers have noted that the achievement gap between typical readers and those with dyslexia is evident as early as first grade. This means that the “mama instinct” you had that something is not quite right with your otherwise bright child is significantly intuitive on your part.

Over the past 100 years, dyslexic symptoms have been articulated by researchers, and include deficits in the areas of: phonological awareness, balance, motor control, dominance, visual discrimination, visual sequential processing, auditory processing, and listening skills.  It is interesting to note that not much more than phonological awareness is included in the traditional dyslexia intervention.  In fact, the conventional wisdom, of professionals that you may have consulted, seem to have the same view – “Kids with dyslexia don’t outgrow it. But there are teaching approaches and strategies that can help people with dyslexia improve their reading skills and manage the disability.”  

That is definitely not the experience that Brain Sprints, an extension of Little Giant Steps, has had in helping children and adults that have been diagnosed with dyslexia and other learning challenges.  From a NeuroDevelopmental point of view, the symptoms of dyslexia are caused by brain inefficiencies where receiving, processing and storing information is not being accomplished in a way that creates a good flow of information from the senses to the brain for use in functional tasks like reading and spelling.   In our view, each of these areas can be enhanced by specific activities directed to the root cause of the inefficiency.  The NeuroDevelopmental intervention is not a reading strategy or the typical “therapy” currently recommended for dyslexia treatment. It is a multi-pronged, direct stimulation to the brain through specific auditory, visual, tactile, gross motor and dominance work to change the pathways responsible for better performance. The function of a child or adult labeled with dyslexia can dramatically improve as you have heard in the video testimonies above. In fact, academic performance is accelerated with the ND approach! In contrast, what often happen with coping and compensating is that students fall further and further behind with each passing year.

To give you an example of ND intervention, the list of symptoms and possible developmental root causes can be seen here.

Dyslexia Testimony
Dyslexia Testimony

“Seth was placed on the Little Giant Steps program primarily because he is (or was) dyslexic. He had all the classic letter and number reversals in his writing. While this did not seem to prevent his reading well, it certainly was a problem in writing and even, to a degree, in Math. I am extremely happy to report that Seth has been “reversal free” now for several months and that his spelling has improved drastically. He would not “test” as dyslexic anymore—thank you, Ruth Young!

Seth also had a few sensory issues which were addressed by his program. He will now eat onions (he always refused before). His coordination has also improved dramatically, even though he is in the middle of a teenage growth spurt! Improved enough to milk the cow—which is a VERY coordinated activity, in case you never tried it!”

On LGS program from May, 2009 to August 2010

Karnes City, TX

“After 10 months on the Little Giant Steps program, this week all the letters my 10 year-old daughter had continually and consistently written REVERSED since kindergarten have flipped and now fluently come out on paper facing the right way. She doesn’t even pause to ponder which way the letter “p” faces.”

I thank God and rejoice that her learning problems are falling by the way side as her brain changes and new neural pathways are built. This learning challenge seems to have vanished! I thought it would remain a challenge and she would always pause to ponder which way her letters and numbers go. This is truly the difference in The ND Approach vs learning to compensate!

Our diligence and hard work on program is paying off. I am celebrating and wanted to share. We had a Little Giant Step today!”

Karnes City, TX

“Update on Timothy!! Timothy is doing great! He is making mostly A’s in school. The teachers are blown away with the fact that he really doesn’t need any accommodations especially when taking the standardized tests. He reads very well but struggles with spelling. I cannot tell you how many times he notices how much better he reads than his friends who are dyslexic. He says, mom, they need Jan Bedell’s program!”

Dana C.
Frisco TX