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Volume 8 #8 August
What happened to July? I dunno. Two family reunions, one in North Carolina and one in Maine might have had something to do with it. In the meantime, e-mails have been coming in that require some explanation. The subject is the new DL (Directed Linguistics) glasses which are now included in each packet.
As all you faithful readers know, the RfS program is a three-pronged, therapeutic approach that attacks dyslexia at its source: lack of use of the angular gyrus in the left hemisphere. This area is stimulated into activity by having auditory input sent solely to it, requiring it to process the sounds because the right side is out to lunch and not available for help (read that, interference). Such isolation of input is not possible with the eyes because of the construction of the visual system. (Old friends, don’t stop here just because you have heard all this before.)
Enter the DL glasses. They supply the right eye with a brighter signal than the left so that it traverses the poky corpus callosum faster, thus helping overcome the lag. Now if you ram a lot of spelling rules and exercises in letter sequencing into that left side, the threesome, earplugs, glasses and special phonics, produces good reading. Leave out any one of the three and you weaken the effect. It is the synergy that works the magic.
So why do I say all this? Because people tend to think that if you just slap the glasses onto somebody’s face he will be able to read. So everybody wants to buy just the glasses. So much easier! Sorry. It doesn’t work that way. So we do not sell the glasses separately. They are only available as part of a kit, or in the case where someone bought a kit awhile ago with the old glasses and would like to use the new ones, they can be had as an upgrade for $15 to cover our cost. Or a teacher in a school who will be teaching two kids at a time can specify two pairs in her kit since both kids will be using them for their whole lesson. (For an additional $15, of course).
One other e-mail brought up an interesting question, to which I don’t have the answer. It was from a lady who had been through the program and wanted to know whether she might get the glasses and just use them whenever she read something. Would it help her keep up her skill? I have no idea. It makes sense, but I have no evidence one way or the other. Since she has already used the program, she is welcome to buy the glasses and try it. Hope she does and lets me know how it worked.