Dr. Teri Lawton founded Perception Dynamics Institute (PDI) to help children read more easily after curing Dyslexia in her own children, using the neurobiological techniques that form the basis of the PATH to Reading therapy.
PATH therapy, which has been validated in controlled clinical studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is presented as a simple, fun, computer game followed by reading. It not only improves most reading skills, it rapidly and permanently improves learning and thinking abilities. Click here to watch a short intro to what PATH is.
This therapy is the first reading therapy that remediates the entire range of reading problems for children from 5 years old up to adults over 60 years old.
Studies show PATH therapy to be a rapid and effective means for treating children with 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.
HOW PATH WORKS
Neurobiological research has discovered that children and adults with reading problems have incompletely developed neurons in the brain’s motion-sensitive visual pathways, and that tuning 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.
Studies* conducted in public elementary schools in the Ventura, Los Angeles, San Diego, 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), Institute of Educational Sciences (US Department of Education), and Perception Dynamics Institute.