Dyslexia

Cogmed Dyslexia is a term used to describe a specific difficulty learning to read at the level expected for one's age or schooling.  It can affect people of all ages and it’s never too late to get help for reading problems. At Better Health Mildura we see adults and children.


Many people think of dyslexia as a problem with letter reversal, or of writing letters back to front. However, there are a variety of reasons why someone has difficulty learning to read. The most common reason is a problem listening for sounds in words and using this to help work out (decode) new words. A smaller percentage of dyslexic students have difficulty recalling the usual patterns of letters within words.


If you are concerned about your reading and or spelling ability, consider having an assessment to determine what help might be available to you.  It is never too late to improve your literacy, and adults are often more ready to learn the skills needed than when they were going to school.  Sessions are provided individually at the pace of the learner and may include work on how to decode words, how to remember better and how to use technology to make reading and writing easier.


Depending on what is learned from your assessment, it may be recommended for you to complete the COGMED working memory training programme.  This intensive computerised and individual training improves working memory, an important skill in reading comprehension, concentration and numeracy.  More information about COGMED can be found on the COGMED website www.cogmed.com.au


A complete academic and cognitive assessment with registered psychologist Teresa Cavallo is also available and will provide detailed information about your learning strengths and weaknesses.  This information is always helpful in understanding why aspects of schooling may have been difficult for an individual.


Further information about learning and dyslexia is available at:

www.ldaustralia.org
www.auspeld.org.au
www.cogmed.com.au
www.dyslexiadaily.com.au