Over on TheMedicalCentre.co.uk they have a short article on exercises for dyslexia. These are simple balance and co-ordination activities similar to those used by DDAT. Obviously a very basic plan and nowhere near as comprehensive or personalised as you get from a commercial programme but a good starting point if you can’t afford or get to a DDAT clinic.
The web site has a range of articles covering information an advice on dyscalculia, dyslexia and ADHD covering such topics as nutrition, drug therapies, home education and life skills.
It is the purpose of this site to provide information and advice on ADHD and dyslexia treatments that are not used in mainstream eduction. This leads to the coverage of techniques that have limited scientific evidence to support them. This may mean that sometimes we cover quite sensible sounding approaches and sometimes less sensible sounding approaches but our basic mission to present information so that parents and sufferers can make informed choice.
In this spirit you may want to check out QuackWatch a group that is a "… nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies". They have covered subjects covered by Myomancy.com including Auditory Integration Training (AIT). They also have a special site dedicated to Autism and a mental health site which includes articles on ADHD treatments.
VisionAndLearning.org is a good general overview of how vision effects learning. This is not specific to dyslexia but covers a ranges of issues such as poor eye sight, lack of binocular vision, hand eye coordination and many other problems which are intertwined with learning difficulties such as ADHD and dyslexia.
Xtraordinary People is a fund raising venture of the British Dyslexia Association specifically for young people with dyslexia. It focus on the fact that many celebrities, entrepreneurs and get thinkers have been dyslexic or the X-Factor as they refer to it.
See Rembrandt and Coping Strategies for my take on whether dyslexic is a gift or not.
A friend mentioned in passing that Nottingham University, UK had standardised on the Verdana font because it was the easiest for dyslexics to read. I had never heard that Verdana was a good font to use before but I had previously looked at Read Regular, a font design especially for dyslexics. Personally I don’t like it but this might be to do the web site’s background pattern that I find very hard on my eyes. Advice on dyslexia friendly fonts and general layout can be found on the British Dyslexia Association website and on Dyslexic.com. TechDis who appear to do research in this area have a comprehensive guide to style and fonts for website [PDF]. The results of a study of reading speeds and subjective preferences show that Verdana was the best font but this wasn’t specifically limited to dyslexia.
You can try out the effect of fonts, alignment and contrast on readability in this online experiment.
An online dyslexia assessment provided by Danks Davis [UPDATE: Sorry, that should be Davis Dyslexia Correction] can be found here. Its a simple 42 question test and the results are displayed based on the concepts promoted by the Davis method. Regardless of this it is a reasonable indicator of learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyscalclia and dyspraxia.
If you are looking for a good, easy to digest, introduction to the brain then check out this site. Using flash animation to provide clear graphics and some interaction, this is an excellent learning tool. With chapters on the eyes, hearing, balance and eye movement, it gives a good biological background to some of the key problem areas of dyslexia and related learning difficulties.
The Dore Achievement Centres / DDAT are very good at promoting themselves but their high visibility and impressive claims (e.g. a success rate of 90% or more) does open them up for negative stories to appear in the press. For example: Mother queries dyslexic ‘cure’ and here BBC Wales is specifically looking for people for whom the treatment hasn’t worked. A quick Google for personal experiences brings up a few hits (here, here and here).
I would like to gather a comprehensive collection of experiences of people who have been through some or all of the DDAT or any other program. So good or bad, please email your experience to Myomancy.com.