The brain has plasticity.
Never could four words bring so much hope and inspiration to the mother of a severely dyslexic child.
It may seem like a strange thing to say, however those four words opened the door to new possibilities.
These four words represented so much more than a concept in brain science. They represented hope, possibility, and the power to change my son’s future.
Until that point, my son’s ability to learn to read was considered beyond the realms of what was possible. It could not be changed.
I was told to take my son home and love him – that he will be dependent on me throughout his life and will most likely never learn to read or write.
I can remember gathering up my documents, putting my arm around my son and walking out of the specialist’s office. We had already seen so many and unfortunately no one had the answers.
But I was not done. There had to be more to it than that.
And there was…
Learning about plasticity of the brain was one of the most important turning points on our journey. Knowing that the brain can change and continue changing throughout one’s lifetime opened the door to new possibilities.
Suddenly the question turned from ‘why can’t he read’ to ‘how can he learn’. The possibility that using different pathways in the brain could lead to the same learning outcomes was very exciting indeed.
Guided by the question ‘how can he learn’ the steps to teaching my son began to fall into place. For him to learn, he needed a new system of learning that suited his processing style.
To solve the problem required a new and different way of thinking. What was needed was a system that allowed him to use his strengths and could effectively support his weaknesses.
When all these element’s work in harmony, the learning flows and progress happens. For the learning to occur and the knowledge to grow, the brain must be able to process the information. This can only happen when the child goes through the full process of learning to read.
The Reading Switch Program is an online, Visual Phonics, Learn to Read Program for Children with Dyslexia and Other Reading Related Difficulties. More information about The Reading Switch can be found on our website www.thereadingswitch.com