Dyslexia and Alternative Therapies

Dyslexia and Alternative Therapies

Dyslexia and Alternative Therapies

Dyslexia and Alternative Therapies


This comprehensive book offers clear and balanced information on a range of alternative therapies for individuals with dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia or ADHD. Maria Chivers provides an objective overview of each therapeutic option, including method of use and case examples, from nutritional supplements and massage to acupuncture and hypnotherapy. Additional contributions from experienced alternative therapists provide an insider's view of what really works. This is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in exploring alternative therapy approaches to dyslexia and related difficulties.


Complementary and alternative medicine, or CAM as it is often called, covers a range of therapies including herbal medicines, Ayurveda, homeopathy, chiropractic, and many others. Alternative therapy is one of the fastest growing markets in the developed world. Its profile has been helped by the support of prominent people such as Prince Charles and Gwyneth Paltrow and the growing acceptance of the medical establishment. Over a third of people in the United States use alternative therapies and many US health companies offer discounts for certain therapies. This market is said to be worth over $30 billion, whilst a UK-based survey (Ernst and White 2000) revealed Britons spend approximately £1.6 billion a year, which is also predicted to rise substantially as more and more people come to realize the importance of taking responsibility for promoting and maintaining their own health.

It was not so many years ago that chiropractic was considered an alternative therapy, but is now seen as mainstream. A chiropractor may take a couple of hours to alleviate a person's back problem at just a fraction of what back surgery may cost.

The difference between traditional medicine – where the doctor heals the symptoms only – and CAM is that the latter has a focus on respect for the human body and its innate healing abilities. CAM assists the natural healing wisdom of the body through natural approaches, thereby treating the whole person rather than just the presenting problems.

Throughout the media – television, radio, newspapers – you come across alternative therapies that claim to cure dyslexia and specific learning difficulties (SpLDs), amongst other conditions. It should be made clear that dyslexia is not a disease and therefore cannot be 'cured' – despite what some therapists may claim. Also, each dyslexic learner is different. No single method will suit them all because dyslexia . . .

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