Just today I was privileged to receive an enquiry from a parent seeking help for their child. “What’s different about that?” you ask, and quite rightly so.
It’s not unusual for our team to receive requests for help from parents whose children have been diagnosed with something other than dyslexia. Such as dyspraxia, or language processing difficulties and the fantastic bit is that the ALC program isn’t just for dyslexia.
Some key points:
1) No official diagnosis of dyslexia is necessary to take the program
2) Dyslexia varies greatly in its symptoms and has a tendency to overlap with quite a few other conditions.
3) The ALC program assesses and treats an eye condition which enables the brain to receive clear messages from the eyes.
4) A wide range of conditions have been treated successfully by the ALC team.
5) Labels can be confusing and misapplied
Official Dyslexia Diagnosis
ALC does not insist that you have a formal diagnosis of dyslexia prior to treatment. Official diagnosis’s can be time consuming to apply for and expensive to get. Whilst it can be very comforting to receive an explanation as to your child’s struggles, it doesn’t actually change your child. Completing our Am I Dyslexic? Form will give both you and our team a good idea of whether the struggles your child is experiencing can be minimised by the ALC treatment program.
If you do have an Educational Phycologists report and are happy to share with our team, we are grateful to see it.
Dyslexic Symptoms & Overlap
Dyslexia has many symptoms and not every dyslexic will portray them all. (See our Am I Dyslexic? Form for a good idea of most of them.) Many of these symptoms are also shared by other conditions which can be confusing when diagnosing and it is not unknown for diagnosis’s to be unfortunately incorrect due to this. Dyslexia is also regarded as an umbrella for other conditions.
Eye Correction Program
As the ALC Program corrects an eye condition, the assessment is carried out for this particularly. This can show itself in a number of different ways and this is what we screen for prior to treatment. In addressing the eye condition as the base root of the learning difficulties the foundational blocks such as understanding, processing & seeing clearly can be successfully accomplished. Once these are in place the by products such as messy handwriting, reading and comprehension difficulties, memory issues then fall into place.
Range of Conditions
Yes, by far and away the most common condition we treat is dyslexia, because the symptoms displayed by dyslexics correlate closely to the issue we sort. However we are very happy to treat other conditions as long as there is sufficient overlap in symptoms displayed. The ALC team have already treated a wide range of conditions including dyspraxia, dyscalculia, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Asperger’s, auditory processing difficulties (APD), language processing difficulties (LDP), selective mutism, and degenerative schizophrenia.
Misapplication of Labels
Labels such as dyslexia & asperger’s, can be helpful, but when accidentally misapplied they can have you hunting for help in the wrong areas and screening out help for the wrong reasons. In the end of the day, you know the signs & symptoms shown by your child. With this knowledge you can ensure they match to those provided by options you research.