Case Study: Lenny
Lenny, a very pleasant young man of fifteen, came to me with a label of “Dyslexia”. Twenty minutes later the label was removed, as following a simple yet highly accurate computer generate test, no dyslexic traits were detected.
On talking at length with his mother it became apparent that on her husband’s side on the family there were many male members with distinct learning difficulties.
The pregnancy had gone well, the labour had been short and the delivery uncomplicated until it was realised that the cord was round the babies’ neck and causing foetal distress.
Lenny’s progress was unremarkable if perhaps somewhat delayed and no problems were encountered until he started at school. In the formal learning situation he failed, unable to learn anything unless by constant repetition. He excelled at sport and was popular amongst his peers but privately was deeply unhappy with little or no self-esteem.
On examination he had 20/20 vision but when tested to see if his eyes could converge (move in towards the nose) and hold that convergence, the left eye repeatedly floated back to its original position. When the eyes were directly illuminated, the left pupil constricted and held the constriction while the right eye constricted and then failed.
Further testing demonstrated that the left cerebellum was under functioning and the right cerebral hemisphere was well below the left in terms of processing speeds.
Lenny was treated by the use of a computer program that he could use on a daily basis at home. The program makes the user perform all the normal eye movements from glissade ( slow pursuits) to saccade (fast targeting) and convergence by the use of slow/fast moving targets and random dot stereo grams (see the video on the Research page).
Two months later Lenny had the full range of normal eye movements but was still having certain problems. Unfortunately, he now has a lot of catching up to do and must correct mistakes he has learnt whilst he had the problem. However, with his new high level of confidence and a little extra tuition, it is thought he will have no problems in the future.
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