Dyslexia

At Connecting OT we work with children that either have a diagnosis of dyslexia or may need support as there are concerns that they have dyslexia. Dyslexia is something that is ultimately diagnosed by a behavioural optometrist. It can tie into the sensory processing aspects in terms of the availability for that child to take on the visual information and to be developing the correct associations and habits. From an occupational therapy perspective we are able to work in the functional environments and retrain and redevelop through the use of sensory, muscle tone, brain plasticity and muscle memory, to literally redefine processes such as working with letter formations and numbers, working to chunk large amounts of information needed for children to be able to write and read more complex writing pieces and to be able to have lots of little tiny skills that we are able to support in the classroom situation, such as copying from the board into the work book, or working to process information from a text book and develop context and meaning to therefore apply to the school task and develop knowledge that is able to be accessed and recalled as a proper memory. This is the process that is required for high school children in their studies, as it is not okay to just read through the information and feel that you have some grasp on it, you might be able to apply it to the task at hand, but it is going to be harder to recall that and be able to be assessed or tested particularly in a senior school environment. There are many different factors that we can work on in this regard, but these are just a few examples that take a very functional stance on the way that we work to support those who are either diagnosed or at risk of dyslexia.