Taken from Chapter 13, House of Miracles by Bernice Dotz
Almost all educational and medical experts say that reversing ADHD and dyslexia cannot be done. They say both disorders are lifelong and permanent, and the best anyone can hope for is to learn to live with them and find ways to accommodate them.
The work done in the fields of dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning challenges is exciting and groundbreaking. The status quo is shattered every day by doctors and educators who ignore the popular opinions and go their own ways to find solutions.
And what’s even more exciting than helping one student reverse ADHD and dyslexia is helping his sister also. Here is the story of Brad, one of dyslexia specialist Dr. Phyllis Books’ success stories. The next blog will be about his sister, Marcia.
Brad was 10 years old and in the fifth grade when he entered our summer 2001 program. While he had a positive attitude and was cheerful, considerate, bright, and thoughtful, he displayed typical ADHD symptoms. He needed encouragement to get his homework in on time, stay focused on a task, and work independently.
Brad enjoyed music and martial arts, but he also showed classic signs of dyslexia. In writing, his letters were poorly formed. Lack of hand-eye coordination made sports difficult for him. Math was challenging for him, and learning the multiplication tables was grueling. According to him, “My eyes go blank at times.”
His challenges included following multiple instructions given at one time, confusing right and left, and sometimes reversing numbers and letters. Concentrating was extremely difficult for him unless it was something he was very interested in. He was a perfect candidate for Dr. Books’ protocol for reversing ADHD and dyslexia.
Childhood health problems plagued Brad. By age seven, he had endured three seizures. He was tested with an EEG, and a later MRI was negative. Sensory perception examination showed a mild imbalance, struggle with standing or hopping on either foot, poor heel to toe walking, and difficulty interposing fingers.
Brad had also suffered from pneumonia, allergies, and mild asthma. As a toddler of only 13 months, Brad had tubes in his ears for ear infections.
Brad’s goals for his summer treatments with ADHD and dyslexia specialist Dr. Phyllis Books were to concentrate better without medication. Brad wanted to improve in math and make his homework easier by reducing stress and not being distracted when studying.
Brad had 18 treatments from Dr. Books during July and August of 2001, and the results were impressive. In the Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT) conducted before and after treatments, Brad improved one grade level in arithmetic, reading, and spelling.
In the Bruininks-Oseretsky test of gross and fine motor skills, Brad improved from the 38th percentile to the 90th percentile. In the Test of Variables of Attention (T.O.V.A.), Brad improved his ADHD score from -4.76 to -3.06, a 35.7% improvement (normal range is -1.00 to +1.00).
Brad saw and felt the positive results of Dr. Books’ work. He learned to organize himself, and his grades improved. He is doing well in his regular high school classes but is struggling with his honors classes.
Since his treatments, he can now enjoy the typical things a boy his age likes: electronics, inventions, video games, and reading, to name a few. He is more sociable, kind, and gentle. His ambition is to go to a four-year college and become a writer.
Brad taught himself some tools to cope with his ADHD, and he takes medication only if he faces a problem that requires special focus. Dr. Books’ program for reversing ADHD and dyslexia was successful, and Brad knows he can return any time.
Next time, we’ll look at his sister Marcia and her struggles with dyslexia and ADHD symptoms…
If you or someone you love struggles with ADHD or dyslexia, call Dr. Books at 512-331-0668 for an appointment
or a 15-minute complimentary consultation.