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Path to Reading (PATH)

About PATH

PATH therapy starts with the use of computer software, followed by reading.

It improves most reading skills, and it rapidly and permanently improves learning and thinking abilities.

It can assist a wide range of reading problems for children from 5 years old, and is also suitable for adults.

 

Studies have shown that the PATH therapy to assist a wide spectrum of reading difficulties, from ordinary poor reading to Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD and ADHD) and Autism.

In addition to remediating childrens' reading difficulties, studies show PATH therapy to be a rapid and effective means for treating older adults who have slowing mental agility: Trouble with navigation, visual memory, sequential processing, figure-ground discrimination, field of view, and/or speed of processing.

PATH ;      Perception Attention Therapy for Harmony


How PATH works

Neurobiological research has discovered that children and adults with reading problems have a difference in the development of their neurons in the brain's motion-sensitive visual pathways, and that better tuning of these pathways is key to improving reading skills.

PATH accomplishes this tuning by training the brain to discriminate the direction that faint, striped, grayscale patterns move on varied backgrounds.

The patterns employed are designed to activate motion sensitive cells at both early (retinal) and later (cortical) processing levels in the motion pathways.

Since these neurons control the output strength, or gain, of the brain's direction-selectivity network, their incomplete development is believed to prevent the brain's frontal areas from exerting top-down attentional focus, keeping the linked pattern-sensitive neurons from effectively processing important visual cues.

 

This manifests itself as dyslexia, or difficulty isolating and identifying critical visual elements, such as letters and words, from the sea of visual features on a page.

 PATH's direction discrimination training tunes the brain's neural timing, enabling the magnocellular (large) neurons in the motion pathway to improve the intake of visual information. In turn, this allows the pattern-sensitive cells (the parvocellular, or small neuron, pathway) to isolate and process letters and words.

What PATH can achieve

Studies* conducted in public elementary schools in the Ventura, Los Angeles, and Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School Districts found that children who practiced this therapy significantly improved their reading fluency, including their ease and enjoyment of reading.

After 5 sessions: a 50% average increase in reading rates
After 10 sessions, a 100% average increase in reading rates
After 30 sessions, a 200-400% average increase in reading rates

*Clinical validation was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Perception Dynamics Institute.


What is involved in doing PATH Therapy?

VisionLink will teach you the software routine, and you do the therapy at home, every day for 6 weeks.

It is followed by a planned structured reading programme, at a level that your child is comfortable with.

We'll help keep you on track, and monitor outcomes by doing before & after tests.

Not hard, but it does require you to commit.


So why would you commit to PATH Therapy ?

We all know that doing the same thing again and again will only result in the same disappointing outcomes, You have to do something different to get a different outcome.

VisionLink provides you with that different approach!

Click here to book a  VisionLink appointment about your childs reading performance


Click here to go to the PATH Home page 

Click here to download .pdf of published research on PATH