What treatments aren't helpful for children with dyselxia?

As a pediatric clinical neuropsychologist and professor, Sandra K. Loo, PhD, knows from her extensive experience and research what treatments are and are not helpful for children with dyslexia. Learn more about how to help your child from this informative video.
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What treatments aren't helpful for children with dyselxia?

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Sometimes people with dyslexia also have more general language issues. There may be difficulties in receptive language; the ability to understand the language that's coming in, and there could also be difficulties with expressive language; being able to use words to express the thoughts or feelings that someone might have. Very often reading and language issues overlap, so it's very important to assess whether a child who has reading problems, also has more general language problems, and if the child has language issues, in addition to the reading problems, it would be important to address both components through treatment for the reading problem, as well as treatment for the language problem, through speech and language therapy. There are a number of treatments that have not been shown to be helpful for dyslexia. For example, there are several treatments based in vision therapy, such as eye tracking exercises and colored lenses which have not been shown to help with reading ability, so it would be important if a child has vision difficulties to treat the vision problem, but also to provide treatment for the reading problem. There are a number of people who have tried EEG bio feedback or neuro feedback, and that also has not been shown to be helpful for improving reading problems. In addition, tutoring by people who are not experienced in helping children with reading problems, also tends not to be very effective. So, seek treatment with someone who has experience in understanding the different components that can make up reading problems, and has experience in treating those different components.

As a pediatric clinical neuropsychologist and professor, Sandra K. Loo, PhD, knows from her extensive experience and research what treatments are and are not helpful for children with dyslexia. Learn more about how to help your child from this informative video.

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Sandra K. Loo, PhD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Dr. Sandra Loo is Director of Pediatric Neuropsychology and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Loo is a child clinical psychologist and works clinically in the Medical Psychology Assessment Center and UCLA ADHD Clinics. She specializes in neuropsychological assessment of childhood psychiatric disorders such as ADHD and Dyslexia. Before coming to UCLA, Dr. Loo was director of two outpatient clinics specializing in the diagnostic and neurocognitive assessment of attention and learning disorders at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the University of Massachusetts where she worked with Dr. Russell Barkley.

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