Identifying & Correcting Blocked Learning Gates

By Dianne Craft, MA, CNHP

Visual Processing Gate Locked
  1. Reading reversals after age 7 (on=no, was=saw, of=to)
  2. Oral reading starts smooth, but becomes more labored
  3. Yawning shortly after reading begins
  4. Smart kids who don’t want to read (due to eye fatigue)

Correction:

  1. Brain Integration Therapy
  2. Vision Therapy
Visual/Motor (Writing) Gate Blocked
  1. Frequent or occasional reversals in letters (b/d) after age 7.
  2. Poor spacing in writing and math papers.
  3. Writing is slow and laborious.
  4. Great stories orally, but writes very little.
  5. Does all math problems mentally to avoid writing down.
  6. Writing looks sloppy and child is often considered lazy and unmotivated.

Correction

  1. Daily Writing Eight Exercise and Writing Repatterning from the Brain Integration Therapy Manual.
Auditory Processing Gate Blocked
(This block affects the child the most)
  1. Phonics sounds don’t stick.
  2. Sight words hard to memorize; sounds out all words.
  3. Spelling rules hard to remember.
  4. Easily misunderstands verbal information.
  5. Guesses at long words frequently; forgets words he just sounded out.
  6. Can’t remember multiplication facts, difficulty saying months in order.

Correction:

  1. Right Brain Reading Book
  2. Daily “Language Arts: Reading” Lesson Plans
  3. Brain Integration Therapy – An easy neurodevelopmental therapy you can do at home to make learning much easier.
  4. Right Brain Math: Math Tutoring Program, Multiplication Cards, Visual Number Cards.
  5. Essential Fatty Acids: Fish Oil and Lecithin.
Attention/Focusing/Behavior Gate Blocked
  1. Inconsistency in performance from one day to another.
  2. Needs to have someone sit with him to finish work.
  3. Forgets previously learned work much of the time.
  4. Impulsive behavior.
  5. Easily upset and angered when things go wrong.
  6. Sensory Integration processing problems; little things bother them a lot, like tags on shirts, loud noises, transitions, etc.

Correction:

  1. Nutritional interventions and dietary changes designed to calm the child’s nervous system and help him focus more easily. It is very effective and many parents follow the step-by-step three-month supplement program as outlined in The Biology of Behavior CD set, which comes with a printed study guide.

The information in this article should not be construed as a diagnosis or medical advice. Please consult your physician for any medical condition and before adding supplements or changing a child’s diet.
Dianne Craft has a Master’s Degree in special education and is a Certified Natural Health Professional. She has a private consultation practice, Child Diagnostics, Inc., in Littleton, Colorado.
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