Friday, March 05, 2010

End of IM...?

Jameson has been progressing along with her IM therapy. She's doing very well with the therapy and as far as the IM numbers go, she has made progress. Now comes the time to see how much progress she's made at reading.

Visual processing has been more difficult for her. Surprisingly, we have also found that she also has significant problems with balance. I knew she was always kinda off balance. (haha) What I mean is more accident prone. Falling down. Falling over her own feet. Tripping when there's nothing to trip over.

The research has shown that people suffering from dyslexia often have balance problems as well. At almost age 11, she still cannot distinguish a "b" from a "d" or a "p" from a "q" when reading. We have been working on balance boards and standing on a pillow during her therapy.

She is also adding in some phoenetic sounds while doing her therapy ie: seeing a card with a letter or digraph on it, sounding it out, while keeping her hands or feet going to the rhythmic beat. We've also added words to sound out while doing her therapy... a way of cementing those sounds and combinations in her brain while she's doing the therapy to wake her brain up. For example, she's shown a card with the word hill on it. While keeping the beat, she will sound out each individual sound on the beat... h ... i..... l l.

Next week, she will re-do all the tests from last summer to show how much progress she's made. Then the decision will be made whether she needs more IM therapy or just intense tutoring.

It feels good to know that we've completed it. And now it's time to move on with what comes next.

Chug a chug a chug...

But other than keep on keeping on, what other option is there?

Chug a chug a chug.

(That kinda sounds like I'm gulping down a beer doesn't it? It's supposed to be a train sound... but on second thought...)

1 comment:

Stefan said...

There is more and more research that links many learning and developmental difficulties to poor communication and synchronisation between the two brain halves. An effective way of improving the processing functions in the brain is to listen to specially altered sound or music through headphones as pioneered by Dr. Alfred Tomatis (Tomatis method) and Dr. Guy BĂ©rard (Auditory Integration Training - AIT).

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