Tustin, CA (PRWEB) June 21, 2011
A straightforward method for neutralizing dyslexia and learning to read correctly is contained in the new step-by-step workbook 'Dyslexia Breakthrough,' whose author spent 17 years in Southern California public schools and colleges successfully teaching dyslexic students to go from reading up to 200 words per minute to the “normal” range of 800 words per minute with higher comprehension.
Formerly dyslexic himself, Collin Corkum, Ph.D., designed the book to be an easy-to-use, highly effective manual with proven techniques for people of all ages who seek to overcome dyslexia, which Corkum says “isn't a problem with the eyes or the brain, but how the brain has been taught to control the eyes. Dyslexia is not a permanent disability. It is my dearest hope that this book will change many lives for the better.”
Corkum believes that in spite of dyslexia testing and improved public awareness, many sufferers are unaware that they have the condition, attributing its symptoms to other causes. The earliest symptom is when a child says, “I don’t like to read.” Later symptoms include watery or aching eyes after reading; unusual difficulty with spelling and comprehension; and spending much more time than average on paperwork, studies, or coursework, with below average results.
Corkum wrote the book with the help of his wife, language teacher Dr. Jerri Girard-Corkum. While it includes information on what is known about dyslexia and its relation to the eye and brain, the book is mostly filled with practical exercises and lessons for correcting the habits that lead to dyslexia.
In two selected case studies of Corkum’s former students, the book presents fascinating insight. In one case, a 7th grader who was referred to Corkum stumbled over long words such as “manpower.” Reading aloud for Corkum, the boy haltingly pronounced it “manp,” then “ower.” Corkum was able to retrain the boy’s eye and brain to read efficiently. As with many dyslexics, the student responded very quickly, experiencing a sudden breakthrough in less than a week.
Indeed, Corkum long ago observed that dyslexics of any age often overcome the faulty mechanics behind their reading problems quite rapidly. The bigger challenge is bringing their vocabulary, spelling, and grammar skills up to a level commensurate with their improved reading skills. For that reason, the book includes what Corkum calls “a powerhouse appendix” to give users a shortcut so they can swiftly catch up on years of lost comprehension.
Himself a high-school dropout due to slow reading and irritated eyes, by sheer determination Corkum passed a high school proficiency test when he was 25, then earned acceptance into medical school. He excelled for the first two years, when not much reading was required. But as reading assignments increased, he suffered eye muscle failure and was compelled to drop out in his fifth year. It wasn’t until he was 35 that a reading specialist took Corkum under his wing and helped him correct the flawed reading habits that led to dyslexia.
“He told me I’d been dyslexic from the first grade on, but that because I had invested so much work over the years in improving my language and vocabulary skills to compensate for poor reading, and because I had such a will to win, that he could help me read very well within a week,” Corkum recalls. “And he did!”
Corkum then attended Claremont Graduate School and University Center near Los Angeles to study the functioning of the reading eye. He earned a Master’s Degree within a year, got a lifetime California teaching credential, and eventually earned a Ph.D. in Human Behavior from La Jolla University near San Diego. He even taught speed-reading for a number of years. He has dedicated much of his life to helping adults and children overcome dyslexia.
“Dyslexia is one of the most misunderstood disorders of our time,” he said. “I am convinced, through my personal experience and what I’ve seen in my students, that dyslexia does not occur until a child begins to learn to read. In essence, dyslexia is ‘caught’ by some children when they’re instructed to focus on letters and words a certain way. This book presents a proven method to ‘unlearn’ those ways and replace them with the correct ones.”
Dyslexia Breakthrough is available at http://www.dyslexiabreakthroughthebook.com. Inquiries about bulk purchases for educational and reading programs should be sent to info(at)dyslexiabreakthroughthebook(dot)com.
CONTACT: Dr. Collin Corkum and/or Dr. Jerri Girard-Corkum, (714) 731-2339