Much like a piano teacher, I come to your home for an hour 2 to 3 times a week to work with your child in a quiet space. Sessions consist of listening to music altered to improve the frequency range of hearing while doing simple, fun activities that target brain areas involved in vision, balance and timing.
Programs are 20 to 40 sessions long based on your child's needs. A 10 session commitment is required in order to let you fairly judge whether your child is making progress.
Unlike tutoring, Dyslexia Busters does not involve reading and has no homework. Unlike music therapy, the music is designed to improve neural connections in specific ways.
Music + Movement = Greater Gains
Just as color blindness, a deficit in sensitivity to certain frequencies of light, is not easy to detect, neither is "sound blindness," a deficit in sensitivity to certain frequencies of sound. And yet it has effects on cognitive abilities such as separating words from noise, concentrating, reading and comprehension.
There is an excellent chapter on this in Dr. Norman Doige's new book, The Brain's Way of Healing.
The movement exercises are aimed at improving visual spatial function, eye tracking, balance, coordination and timing. They affect the whole brain including the cerebellum and speed up the neural reorganization process.
These exercises are similar to those in other neurological based movement programs, but are much more effective in combination with the music.
The Therapist's Role
The therapist's main purpose is to keep the child interested and listening. Once the proper music is selected, it must be listened to over the earphones for the full hour. While they listen, the therapist leads your child in the prescribed movement exercises and other cognitively enriching or stress reducing games and activities. The therapist has the flexibility to customize the program based on your child's responses and interests.