In July, Shirley and I spent a week in Yeovil, Somerset. We learnt the ins and outs of the visual dyslexia eye correction programme at the Alison Lawson Centre. When Osborne Cawkwell first entered into a discussion about a partnership with the dyslexia specialists I was interested being dyslexic myself.
I was diagnosed with dyslexia at 18 during my A levels. My English teacher very honestly told me that although I was a bright student there was ‘definitely something wrong’. Far from being offended I was eternally grateful to my teacher. My diagnosis allowed me to complete my A levels, and later my degree, with confidence in my ability to do well. Unfortunately, this is not always the case for many others who struggle with dyslexia and other learning difficulties.
Alison Lawson was an Australian orthoptic who spent years developing an eye correction treatment to help those with visual dyslexia, lazy eye and other similar problems. She found that re-establishing a connection between misbehaving eyes and the brain drastically aided symptoms such as difficulty with reading, writing, comprehension, concentration and self-esteem. The treatment involves 10 power sessions which help to strengthen the muscles around the eye. Ultimately this technique helps the brain receive clearer messages.
As an ALC tutor I have now completed the course with my first student. The treatment relies on commitment by the student and tutor. Outside the sessions the student must complete a series of eye exercises and precise homework. This can be very strenuous but is 100% worth it as the results are extraordinary.
Although I was able to cope with my dyslexia as a student, from one dyslexic to another, I would definitely recommend an assessment. ALC will never take on a student if they do not believe the treatment will be effective so it is well worth just investigating!
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