Taken from Chapter 14, House of Miracles by Bernice Dotz
Do you honestly think dyslexia and ADHD are permanent, lifelong, and irreversible?
The last blog was about Brad, his dyslexia and ADHD symptoms, and his struggles with school and life. Now we take a look at his younger sister Marcia and how Dr. Phyllis Books was successful in reversing ADHD and dyslexia for two children in one family.
Marcia was eight years old and in grade three when she joined our summer 2001 California program.
Marcia was personable, sociable, and athletic, enjoying basketball, soccer, gymnastics, and tennis. She also loved the arts, from ballet and jazz dance to her private art lessons.
When she liked the teacher and the subject, she was a bright and active learner. But Marcia wasn’t always consistent—she might cooperate with one teacher, but not with another. If she liked a subject, she stayed focused, if not, she daydreamed.
Marcia was diagnosed with ADHD and takes Ritalin. Her ADHD symptoms included difficulty paying attention and staying focused on her work. She used her fingers to help her with her math.
Marcia showed signs of dyslexia also. It was hard for her to hold sequential thoughts. Listening and following instructions were difficult for her, especially in math.
In first and second grade, if she got hurt physically, or was irritated with her schoolwork due to her ADHD and dyslexia, she wanted to go home. Sometimes she displayed a quick temper, which is a common defense mechanism. When she was in a bad mood or frustrated, it was difficult to get anything done.
If Marcia got upset and didn’t know how to do something, she just shut down. Her compulsive behavior put her in danger frequently and almost caused her to get hurt several times.
Marcia’s goals with ADHD and dyslexia specialist Dr. Phyllis Books’ program were to concentrate better without medication, to follow simple instructions in activities of daily living, and to improve her reading. She had 18 treatments, which she enjoyed and fully participated in.
On her Bruininks-Oseretsky test, which evaluates gross and fine motor skills, done before and after her treatments with Dr. Books, Marcia improved from the 62nd percentile to the 97th percentile. Great job!
On her Test of Variables of Attention (T.O.V.A.), she improved from -2.54 to +1.58. The normal range is -1.00 to +1.00.This showed how well she could focus when she wanted to.
I could never understand why her scores went down on her Wide Range Achievement Test until her mother told me about her shutting down if she doesn’t like something. I found a short note on the back of her test from the teacher who gave the test to her, saying she had decided to shut down and refused to complete the WRAT portion of the post-test.
There is such a difference in children, but as we see here, Dr. Books’ reversing dyslexia protocol works.
If you or someone you love struggles with ADHD or dyslexia, contact Dr. Books today for an appointment
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