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Sep 12 12

I’m a teacher – so why couldn’t my son read?

by Tinsley House Clinic

Gilli MacGregor, 43, didn’t know what to do when son Kieran struggled with his dyslexia.  

‘As a secondary schoolteacher, I’m only tooaware of how devastatingdyslexia can be for children.I’ve seen bright kids become completely demoralised by the fact they cannot read. They fall further and further behind their peers, and it’s common to leave school with no qualifications. It’s a scenario no parent wants for their child. So when it emerged that my own son, Kieran, now10, was struggling to read, I was fearful for his future.

He was diagnosed aged seven with dyslexia and dyspraxia, and I was shocked by how little help there was. While his reading was down on the fifth percentile, his IQ was on the 85th percentile, so he wasn’t considered far enough behind to warrant extra support at school. In fact, the disparity between his intelligence and his academic performance only added to his frustration – Kieran was bright so he knew he “should” be able to do all the things his friends could.

At school he went under the radar.In a class of 33 kids, he became adept at simply “disappearing”, sitting quietly and staring out the window. At one parents’ meeting, I was very upset to be told: “Your son is lazy.” I knew he wasn’t, he just didn’t want his classmates to know he couldn’t read.

Last year we reached the point where Kieran didn’t want to go back to school. It didn’t matter how many times I told him to just do his best. He saw it as torture.

Then I heard from a friend about a programme that had helped a colleague’s dyslexic son. I’m noadvocate of “alternative” therapies, but we were getting now he rewith the usual avenues.

Robin Pauc prescribed a brain-boosting diet, home computer exercises to teach Kieran’s eyes to converge properly, and physical exercises to stimulate specific areas oft he brain. It sounded wacky– for instance,he had to shuthis eyes whilewalking up anddown steps.

To be honest, I was sceptical. or the vision exercises Kieran wore special glasses and had to“zap” images on the computer once his eyes had focused: a bit like “magic eye” pictures. Kieran found it extremely challenging; it took him nearly six months to master. Bribery was involved. But by the end, I could see atangible change in Kieran. His teachers reported an improvement in his concentration. Of course,that could just be him maturing. But what convinces me that this programme really works is Kieran’s reading. At the start of the programme he was 2.7 years behind. Today his reading is age appropriate.  At the start of the last school year, I thought Kieran would still be unable to read by the time he started secondary school. One year on, he can read anything his friends can, and that fills him with confidence. His dyslexia isn’t magically cured – his handwriting still needs help, for instance –but he says words on a page just make sense to him now. For the first time in years, I’m looking forward to Kieran starting a new year at school. And mos timportantly, so is he’.

THE SMARTER DIET

Tips from the BrainFood Plan to nourish young minds:

  • Start every day with a healthy cooked breakfast, with good sources of protein, eggs, beans or salmon. This keeps kids’ blood-sugar levels stable, essential for children with a developmental delay. Sugary cereals are a disaster for concentration.
  • Avoid meals that are heavy in processed carbs, such as white-bread sandwiches or white pasta – switch to wholegrains instead. And include healthy proteins too to avoid ugar slumps.
  • Read food labels and cut out any sugary foods and those that contain artificial additives and sweeteners.
  • Omega 3 fats can help kids with developmental delay, but for full benefitsit’s vital to also minimise saturated and trans fats (these bad fats ‘push’ good fats out). Fish oil pills are rich in omega 3, but choose supplements higher in EPA than DHA, as this is more helpful for behaviour problems.
Sep 12 12

Can you help with dyslexia at home?

by Tinsley House Clinic

Could a simple eye test, diet and exercises help kids with dyslexia learn to read?

Across the nation, satchels are being packed in readiness for the new school year. But for children with dyslexia, the pleasure of seeing friends is often out weighed by fear of the classroom.

Now a controversial new theory claims we’re looking at dyslexia in the wrong way. It’s commonly diagnosed alongside other conditions, such as dyspraxia (poor coordination) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But developmental specialist and author Robin Pauc believes these overlapping syndromes all stem from the same brain ‘glitch’.

‘These problems never appear on their own,’ he says. ‘Instead of looking at them individually, we should see them as symptoms of a wider developmental delay with a common cause.’ A cause, he believes, that can be treated with nutrition and brain-boosting exercises. He also thinks problems with eye convergence – the ability to move the eyes together while scanning text – is a huge factor in reading problems. He’s carrying out research in schools, and campaigning for kids with early reading difficulties to be tested. ‘It can be treated effectively with vision exercises,’ he says. Despite being unorthodox, Robin’s work has a devoted following among parents. ‘I know some people are sceptical,’ says Robin. ‘But in my view, it’s an effective, drug-free therapy that could save our schools millions.’

  • One in 10 children are diagnosed dyslexic, and one in five leave school unable to read.
  • Dyslexia isn’t just about illiteracy. Dyslexic children also have problems with information itself,  from processing it to storing it.
  • Dyslexia is more common in boys than girls. It has no impact on intelligence.
  • Experts agree dyslexia is a brain-based condition,but the exact cause remains a matter of debate.
Sep 8 12

Very encouraging results

by Tinsley House Clinic

A recent research paper published in the Journal of Child Neurology has demonstrated some very encouraging results following the administration of Vegepa E-EPA 70 to children with ADHD that were not responding to treatment with methylphenidate (Ritalin).

81.2% were less restless
87.5% were less aggressive
70.8% showed improved anger control
83.3% showed greater cooperation with both parents and teachers
77.1% showed improved educational functioning and academic achievement

Some improvement in behaviour and learning were noted after three months of supplementation but the greatest improvements were seen after six months of taking the Vegepa 70.

Feb 27 12

WOW – Igennus do it again!!

by Tinsley House Clinic

The amazing people at Igennus have just announced that a new Super Booster product E-EPA 90 will be available from late March. This brand new product provides 500 mg of EPA per capsule and is a convenient way for both children and adults who have not taken Omega 3 before to get an initial loading of EPA with fewer capsules to swallow. It is recommended that E-EPA 90 should be taken for the first 2-3 months (children under 12 one capsule a day and children12 and over 2 capsules a day) before switching to regular VEGEPA.

Brilliant.

Oct 23 11

Mindful Parenting (a parent-thesis)

by Tinsley House Clinic

Mindful Parenting

A new theory of parenting based on the postnatal development of the brain

Download the ebook for your Kindle, iPhone, iPad or even your PC today

or; contact the Clinic on

44 (0)1590 612432 or by

email for a paperback edition.

 

The new book from Robin Pauc, the fourth in the series of “Is That My Child?” gives a cutting edge, fascinating insight into the science behind parenting.

From falling in love to marriage, and from childbirth to tolerating troublesome teens – this easy-to-follow text takes readers through the chemical changes underlying all the major milestones of family life.

“In Mindful Parenting (a parent-thesis) best-selling author and researcher Robin Pauc looks at the postnatal development of the brain and the potential challenges this poses to parents. However, before considering the impact that a child makes upon the lives of their parents he also considers why we are attracted to certain people and not others and why indeed we fall in love. In considering the establishment of the family he looks in depth into the history of the individual members of the family unit and the effects such factors as the location of the family home and income have upon the functioning of the unit. An easy to follow questionnaire allows the reader to look subjectively at their life situation and where possible make changes that will impact favourably upon the every day family life. Issues with both the parents and children with learning and behavioural disorders are addressed sympathetically and case histories are presented to demonstrate the effectiveness of appropriate interventions.

This fourth book in the series by Robin Pauc provides a mirror into which anyone can look to see their current life situation – the point on the line of history where it is bisected by their own biography – it provides an explanation as to why children do what they do and when things go wrong, why the particular problem arose and more importantly what you can do to change things. This book empowers parents by providing a knowledge of the postnatal development of the brain in a format that is easily digested and yet contains the latest cutting-edge neurology that few people on the planet are aware of.”

Jul 22 11

Dyslexia, Really? Convergence Insufficiency: the REAL story

by Tinsley House Clinic

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Dyslexia, Really? Convergence Insufficiency: the REAL story –  AMAZON KINDLE EDITION

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For a practitioner to accurately diagnose and treat a condition, he must firstly be aware of its existence, have experience of it, have the means to test for it and secondly have a treatment to hand that is known to be effective in its treatment.

Convergence insufficiency – the inability to bring the eyes in towards the nose – affects some 13% of the population and yet very few practitioners are aware of its existence and only a handful of people have considered the possibility that it might impact upon a child’s ability to learn to read.

It is the purpose of this booklet to bring to the attention of parents, teachers and politicians that potentially > 30% of children currently diagnosed as suffering from dyslexia may well in fact have convergence insufficiency, a condition that can be diagnosed in minutes and treated effectively in a matter of weeks. Imagine if we could end the misery of countless children and the anguish suffered by parents of the thousands upon thousands of children potentially misdiagnosed as being dyslexic.

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May 12 11

Tinsley House Clinic now on Facebook

by Tinsley House Clinic

The Tinsley House Clinic is grasping hold of the Social Media revolution and exposing the great work we do on Facebook.

Over the next few months, we will be updating our Facebook page with links to case studies, information about our new campaign (Dyslexia Really?) and top dietary tips and recipes for your children.

If you like what we do at the Tinsley House Clinic then please “Like” us.

Apr 14 11

Tinsley Easter Egg Hunt

by Tinsley House Clinic

Answer the following 3 questions to form the code that will unlock a picture on the website. Find the Easter Egg and then send me an email telling me where the egg can be found together with your name and postal address. The first 10 children to find the egg will receive a chocolate gift in the post. Good luck!

Q1. In the famous nursery rhyme how many mice could not see?
Q2. How many colours are there in a rainbow?
Q3. If you have 3 brothers and 3 sisters, how many children are there in the family?

Once you have answered the above questions, follow this link, enter your code and hunt for the Tinsley Egg.

Apr 14 11

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Mar 28 11

Brilliant work

by Tinsley House Clinic

I was recently sent a short story (300 words) that Master William Starkey had submitted to a literacy competition. To say it was brilliant would be an understatement. If your child has written something amazing, won an award, got a medal or gone up a belt in karate, please let me know and I wiull post it on the website. Here is William”s short story –

Chan and the Dragon

By William Starkey

Chan lives with his parents in a flat in Toyko but would prefer to live in a mansion in the countryside.

He spends his days sword fighting with his friends. He dreams of being a warrior. He has read many stories of the warriors and how brave they were. He has trained in karate and so far has reached his white belt.

At the weekend, Chan always went to visit his grandmother in the countryside. She did not live in a mansion but a small cottage by a stream. Chan likes visiting his grandmother because of her special treats, mainly chocolate muffins.

One Saturday, Chan was splashing about in the stream, trying to spear fish with his sword. He heard a strange roar above him and saw a flock of mysterious birds.

They had oddly shaped heads with large ears and deathly shaped fangs. Quite scary.

As Chan watched they seemed to hover in the air and the birds seemed to join up into a big red ball of flames. Chan was terrified and was frozen in fear. Flames exploded from the ball, Chan dived for cover behind a tree.

He found a little courage from within himself and he peeped out from behind the tree. As he watched, an evil looking black dragon appeared from the flames.

The dragon swooped down toward the small cottage, Chan screamed at the top of his voice “Grandma Get out”.

The dragon stopped in mid air and turned slowly to face Chan, he opened his mouth and let fire shoot at Chan’s face. Chan quickly dodged it and the tree he was hiding behind got burned.  The dragon then came down to face Chan directly. The dragon opened its mouth but Chan was prepared and charged into the Dragon`s throat. Chan then started to walk through the Dragon`s neck. Chan eventually got to the dragons heart and threw his sword at it. Blood oozed out. Chan pulled his sword out of the heart and cut a hole big enough to step though and walked out.

His grandmother was standing in front of him and was clapping and said “well done Chan well done”.

Then they sold the dragon as meat and got heaps of money and Chan got his wishes.