for Dyslexia in Sydney
Learning Difficulties in Reading & Writing
What is Dyslexia?
According to the US National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke,
Dyslexia is a brain-based type of learning disability that specifically impairs a person’s ability to read. These individuals typically read at levels significantly lower than expected despite having normal intelligence. Although the disorder varies from person to person, common characteristics among people with dyslexia are difficulty with phonological processing (the manipulation of sounds), spelling, and/or rapid visual-verbal responding. In individuals with adult onset of dyslexia, it usually occurs as a result of brain injury or in the context of dementia; this contrasts with individuals with dyslexia who simply were never identified as children or adolescents. Dyslexia can be inherited in some families, and recent studies have identified a number of genes that may predispose an individual to developing dyslexia.
Dyslexia is recognized as an alternative name for Specific Learning Disorder in Reading by the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5.)
The Multisensory learning Approach
Multisensory Tutoring for Dyslexia
As explained above, standard teaching methods as employed by many tutors will not be effective for students with dyslexia. Multisensory tutoring is based on integrating learning through the sight/visual, sound/auditory, and touch/movement/kinaesthetic senses.
Our multisensory approach is structured, diagnostic, cumulative, engaging and creative. One-on-one or small group sessions help ensure that maximum attention and engagement is maintained, and that the needs of each student are addressed effectively.
Dyslexia Assessments for
both Adults & Children
Neurosensory employs a recognized battery of psychometric tests appropriate to the age of the person coming in for assessment. Full written assessments are available on request. We can also provide streamlined screening for educational and vocational placement if a full report is not required.
Our screening and assessment may also pick up other issues warranting referral to health professionals including for example paediatricians, psychologists, speech and language pathologists, and occupational therapists.
NDIS Funding for Dyslexia
Dyslexia and other specific learning disorders are generally not eligible for NDIS funding unless other conditions such as Autism or Intellectual Delay are present. Unfortunately this leaves many people with it stretched or unable to access affordable remediation. Limited help is available through mainstream educational institutions such as schools and tertiary providers, and the occasional general program may be in place. However, available programs often luck sufficient targeting, flexibility and duration to address the individual needs of people with dyslexia.
Neurosensory can assist people with their applications for NDIS or other funding.
The Australian Dyslexia Foundation aims to help people who cannot afford necessary remediation for dyslexia and related conditions. It is a charity with fully deductible tax and gift status, and while funds for it are presently limited, we will update you when it is in a position to help.