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Monday, April 04, 2005

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Chris Tregenza

I agree with your assessment of Brightstar's research. At the moment it is weak but does show some potential. The biggest short coming of all their published data is the lack of long-term follow up. Accepting at fact value Brightstar's claim of an average of 11 month improvement after a 6 week course of treatment, the big question is does the child keep improving until they catch up with their age group? If they do, then Brightstar offers real hope. If not then its as ineffective as most reading based programmes.
You are also right in highlighting that self-esteem can be severely damaged by learning difficulties. However it is important not to fall in the trap of thinking that Dyslexia is a problem of low self-esteem. A recent study has shown that self-esteem has little to do with academic success. The problems of dyslexia are deep rooted in neurology and reading / writing problems are just a symptom of this.

Bhavin

You rlelay just enlightened me on this topic I know a few people who are dyslexic but I never rlelay knew THAT much about it. I'm happy to be more informed now.

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