Because there are a lot of ideas about the developing of dyslexia and bacuase of the many different kinds of dyslexia, there are a lot of treatments.
Bakker says one of the halfs of the brains doesn't function right. The non-active half of the brains has to be stimulated to take part at the process of reading. The patient gets reading materials at visual halffieds or by touch.. For hand and eye a crossed connection with the halfs of the brains is valid. People with a weaker action of the left half of the brains, gets reading material to the right hand or to the right visual field presented. To the other kind of dyslectics it's just the reverse.
Cognitive-psychological treatments are intended on the recover of disturbed read processes, without making trouble about the question how the processes are connected with the function of the brains. The process of reading of the person has to be analysed very good, for the person is trained on the components of the process of reading which he doesn't control completely.
Psychofarmaca are chemicals which have a therapeutic affect which is psychological or behavioural. Stimulatics are used a lot. From injury appears that this has durable and benificial effects at attendance, memory and impulsiveness. They don't have a direct influence at scholastic skills. Dyslectics hardly make progress at reading, only at cognitivie (about knowledge) issues like attendance, memory and impulsiveness.
Other medicins, which work at the cerebal cortex, do have some effect at reading. Piracetum (such medicin) especially gives positive effects at the left half of the brains. This chemical works different at the different kinds of dyslexia.
Psychofarmaca should especially be used in combination with other treatments. It's not a realistic view that progression at reading will be realised by use of medicins only.
Source: 'Natuur en Techniek' no. 2 1991 (changed)
Last update: May 16, 1999
Margriet Zuidhof en Erna Oudman