The adage “we read with our ears” holds much truth, but is often ignored in reading programs. Decoding and phonemic awareness requires efficient processing and storage of auditory information. Our programs train the auditory channel for efficiency and accuracy through repeated listening and movement sessions. The goal is to activate the relevant neuronal connections and ultimately train the ear and the brain to analyze and process language frequencies simultaneous to movement (replicating daily life where our visual and auditory systems are expected to be simultaneously functional).
Bryan, a kindergarten student struggled in school. His teacher summarized his performance for his first year of school by saying, “Despite multiple interventions, Bryan struggles with his letters and sounds. Due to this, he is behind in his site word knowledge. This combined with his inability to decode words makes reading extremely difficult. Bryan also struggles to focus on the task at hand, he works below grade level, his writing is difficult to read and he seldom asks for help. Furthermore, he does not understand the taught material and he has difficulty listening and following instructions.” Bryan hated and avoided reading at because of his difficulties. Only 40% of his writing was legible. As a result of his struggles, Bryan was held back in kindergarten.
iLs was used in conjunction with Occupational Therapy, and after 6 months, the client showed significant gains in academic testing including improved handwriting and sight word testing. 99% of writing became legible compared to 40% pre-therapy and pre-therapy. Bryan was referred to the doctor to reassess his dyslexia diagnosis.
“In my 21 years of experience as a therapist, I have never seen this type of progress in such a short period of time. He came in with a diagnosis of dyslexia but he no longer reverses his letters, his writing is beautiful with correct spelling, his memory is improved and most importantly he enjoys reading! He isn't just meeting expectations this year; he is exceeding them beyond anything we could imagine.”
- Chief Medical Officer and Occupational Therapist at Brain Harmony,
Carol Garner-Houston, OTR/L