Pioneering scheme in Scunthorpe 'rewiring' the brain to help beat dyslexia
A pioneering dyslexia treatment service not available anywhere else in England has been launched in Scunthorpe.
Cellfield, a dyslexia treatment and reading fluency program, uses brain imaging and computer science to rewire the brain.
The service is being run at the Kip McGrath Education Centre on Oswald Road in Scunthorpe.
Owners say it is the world's first way of addressing inefficient neural wiring by inducing increased left brain activity.
This is done by using language exercises, involving moving graphics, to encourage intense attention and stimulate the relevant parts of the brain.
A pair of red-lensed glasses, with one side blacked out, is used to keep one side of the brain intensely focused.
Clare Powell, educational consultant at Kip McGrath, is the member of staff supporting the service.
She said: "We are really excited to be the first place in England running this service.
"We currently have four people using the service, which is run in two main phases.
"The first phase runs for two weeks, consisting of 10 one-hour sessions designed to rewire the brain.
"It makes messages between visual, auditory and processing speed more precise. This is followed by a second phase, which runs for 10 weeks, building on the first phase and developing reading skills through practice.
"The average student using this service will make a year's gain in reading comprehension and two years' gain in reading, after just a two-week training period."
The program was launched at Kip McGrath in August this year, with students already beginning to reap the rewards.
Dean Young, 12, is a Year 8 student at Frederick Gough School who suffers from dyslexia. He has gone to lessons at Kip McGrath for the past two years, but started the Cellfield program in the previous few weeks.
He said: "I have never had anything like this and it is better than what I was doing before.
"When I used to read a book at school the words would jump off the page and skip around. All I had to stop it was an overlay sheet, which didn't really help.
"The program is helping me read better and I can now read books, comics and magazines more easily.
"It is helping me keep up with people better at school."
Another student at Kip McGrath in Scunthorpe has doubled her reading speed since starting the Cellfield program.
If the service continues to grow in popularity, there could even be an increase in the number of staff supporting students.
Clare said: "We have five staff at Kip McGrath at the moment and I am the only one working with Cellfield.
"I can definitely see a bigger team doing this in the future, because we are the only provider in England.
"We know already from the site in Scotland that people will travel a long way to help their children by using a service like this."
For more information about the service, contact Clare on 01724 853935.