Reading Readiness

This was posted by someone today on the Ambleside online e-mail list.

“According to the research of Dr. Ingersoll, a developmental ophthalmologist who did a great deal of effective research on the subject when his daughter turned up with dyslexia, not only developed a treatment for dyslexia, but seems to have determined the point of visual-readiness-skills which children need to have reached in order to have *no* children develop dyslexia/dysgraphia because they learned to read too soon (which is developmental, and only tested by ophthalmologists, not optomitrists). To find out more about this, you
can contact Excel Institutes (by doing a search for them online). They can advise you of developmental ophthalmologists near you whose office staff could answer any questions you have on the subject.

I personally wish that ALL children were tested for developmental readiness before being given the opportunity to learn to read. There is a school in Michigan that does just that! Their LD’s (including ADD/ADHD) are virtually melting away. When their school doors opened, 40% of their student body was on ritalin. Within one year (or was it two?, but I think it was one), that changed to 1% of the student body, which is in line with clinical ADD/ADHD (in other words, a small portion of ADD/ADHD is actually chemically induced, but most of it is due to poor visual skills, which make visual attention skills extremely difficult to
attain to).

The impacts of learning to read before eyes are visually ready are more far reaching than many of us believe, even if they don’t affect all children.

There is no reason to rush reading. Waiting is fine, and in more than enough instances, important.”

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