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Phonics Breakthrough Treatment for Dyslexia in Adults

January 8th 2006

Phonics Breakthrough Treatment for Dyslexia in Adults

Phonics Breakthrough

It is important to diagnose dyslexia as early as possible.  Dyslexia is neurological in origin and is characterized by difficulties with accurate or fluent word recognition.  Dyslexics may possess poor spelling skills and word-decoding abilities according to the International Dyslexia Association. 

Dyslexics may have problems matching word sounds with written symbols.  Doug Worgul of Knight Ridder News service calls the condition “serious and life-altering.  There are some warning signs for early detection.  Kids in grades 1 through 3 may confuse similar letters like b and d or w and m.  They may also mix up sounds that are similar.  They may mix up letters in words.  They may skip or add letters to words.  In stead of spelling stop they may spell pots.

As kids get older the warning signs may continue.  Kids may not be aware of prefixes or suffixes.  They may have trouble with reading comprehension. 


According to a KABC news broadcast, dyslexia is the most common reason for spelling or writing difficulties.  The local Los Angeles station had a segment that may have given hope for adults with the condition. 

Adults have found help with a phonics based reading program similar to the one used for kids in elementary school.  Lynn Flowes, a neuro-psychology researcher, has been helping adults with dyslexia. Phonics teaches the basic sounds that letters make.  Lynn begins by teaching adults the “basic building blocks” of word structure. 


The system appears to be working. One student, Dee Register, learned she had dyslexia and at age 39 began working with Lynn.  Dyslexics have less activity in language processing regions of the brain.  A new study shows that phonics learning activities will not only increase reading skills, but also boosts the brain’s activity in the language processing region. 

When Dee started the training program she was reading at the 5th grade level.  After 5 weeks she is now reading at the college level.  Dee is convinced the progress was due to the phonics tutoring. 

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