Dyslexia Support

Avoid where possible:

Aluminium Possible cause of Alzheimer’s Disease
Memory loss

Offal / wild mushrooms Contain high level of lead, memory loss

Sugary and hard fat food

Smoky areas and people who are smoking in restricted areas.
(Tobacco smoking mainly)

Ensure a healthy intake of:

  • Iron

For the strength of all blood cells as well as mental Concentration. Food rich in iron should not be eaten with Cereals, Spinach and Coffee; as these substances reduce iron absorption.

  • Vit E

( fat is needed for absorption of Vit E)
Protection against hardening of arteries, Cold pressed vegetable oil found freely in
Nuts and Linseed

  • Wheat germ

Contains Vit B6(pyridoxine) for the nervous system & happy hormone Serotonin
Found in bread and cereals

  • Iodine

Lethargy , lack of concentration depressive moods and memory loss are all caused by under active thyroid gland. One of the main causes of this under activity is the lack of Iodine in the diet. Salt water fish eaten twice a week will give you an adequate supply to operate the brain at speed. Saltwater fish contains Omega 3 fatty acids.

  • Aminoacid Tryptophane

A protein building block; is found in peanuts. This helps you to relax and reduce stress.

B Group Vitamins
Nuts and raisins have a high concentration of B group vitamins, especially hazelnuts. Great news for the brain power of memory.

  • Water

Excellent for the body and brain and zero calorie. Drink about 3 pints a day.
Mixed with juice, mineral water, but not sugary cordials.

Wholemeal bread/ Peas/ Beans/lentils

They all contain phytic acid that belongs to the anti-oxidants group. They repair the damaged cells from the free radicals entering our system every day

  • Green Vegetable ( all sorts)

Have polyphenoles which are antioxidants protecting our nerve cells from damage.

  • Thiamine

Better known as Vit B1, required for good memory. It is vital for our brain performance. Needed for the formation of glucose required from the simple sugars fructose and galactose. Contained in Meat and whole meal products/ brewers’ yeast.

  • B vitamins/ Vitamin E / Magnesium/ Potassium/ Iron.

The combination of this is found in Brazil nuts which are ideal countermeasure against lack of concentration and stress as well as improving memory (despite the high fat and calorie contents)

  • Lecithine

The brain food. The substance belong to the fat group.
Found freely in egg yolks, pulses, carrots and most root vegetables.
Sunflower seeds are very rich with Lecitine.

  • Selenium

Traces of selenium prevents memory loss to certain extent. Selenium is a component of an endogenous substance that belongs to antioxidants and therefore prevents cell damage.
Selenium is richly found in Fish, meat, cereals and pulses

  • Zinc

As with Selenium Zinc is presumed anti-oxidant and possibly delay memory loss and help growth. Found in fish, eggs, milk /dairy products and wholemeal cereals.
The body utilises the zinc from animal foodstuffs better that that present in vegetable products.

©Chaaban Zeidan Tam 2001

Stage 1.

Start up: Short-Term Memory

Short-term memory is relevant to all of us. Memorising a simple message or telephone number, national insurance number etc. yet without the need to look at a paper containing theses numbers. Yet our short-term memory can also let us down after only few minutes. How often do you hear or say: “Just where did I put the car keys?” or asking you child as to where did they leave their school- book, swimming goggles etc. “After all they have only had the item few minutes ago”! So let us get our memory stronger.

Look at each of the following number combinations for about 10 seconds and then write it down:

Look at each of the following letter combination and again study it for 10 seconds then write it down:

Look at each of the following symbols for 10 seconds patterns and then write it down:

Look at each of the following words combinations. Then cover the last 2 words and see if you can complete the combination:
Boy – hat- cow- tea- bath
Flowers- chewing gum- chocolate
music star- Cat- bridge- school
moon-train- party -Bookshelf-
night out- fish- overcoat- shoes
Rabbit – tree- apples- hotcake-

Look at each of the following complicated words. Cover the last 2 words and see if you can complete the combination after 10 seconds:
Kaleidoscope-Window cleaner- Chimney Potato-Hatbox-wild horse- puzzle-nutshell scientist-Computer game-rainbow- worm artist-island-Beirut- Liverpool- Portugal channel- example-straw-Precious- swan butter-combination- cheese cracker- fez

Can you think a little story from the list of words issued below:
Donkey – cow – farmer -house – tree
Bath time – film – horse – hunting
Supermarket – watch – soap – shopping

When you have finished the story, can you then re-write the words only.

7. Now think of these pairs of numbers listed below and try to remember
them as pairs:
74 49 98 87 52 28 82 25
91 19 96 64 74 47 71 11

23 31 51 42 54 42 32 20
` 42 27 87 28 95 26 19 27

Take three minutes to read and memorise the various parts of the speech
(try and link up the words through visual memory/story)

Fish hunting without nephew
Green Singing slow arm
via peach discover behind
Fence giggling in tent

Can you try and remember 5 telephone numbers and 5 dates of birth
List the numbers down and now try and put the telephone numbers and dates of birth as one long number and see if you can write it down in one line. Can you try and remember the numbers in reverse order?

Now attempt to memorise following list of instructions:
Going to the post office
Fill in the telegram and ask for 12 stamps 2nd class
Then go to the stationary shop
Buy diskette and envelope
Take the parcel to the post office
Take Bus No 2135 to station
Get off the train at Waterloo
Get Bus No 1321 and you are home.
©Chaaban Zeidan Tam 2001

1. Early is the opposite of
(a) Evening (b) Late (c) Postpone (d) Breakfast

2. Man is the masculine as woman is to
(a) Intuitive (b) madam (c) Girl (d) Feminine

3. Circle is to Sphere as Square is to
(a) Ball (b) Cube (c) Polygon (d) Triangle

2. What does Frozen Mean
(a) Glued (b) Liquid (c) Solid (d) Water

4. What means the same as portion?
(a) Whole (b) part (c) Chip (d) None

5. Poet is to verse as Sculptor is to
(a) Chisel (b) Statue (c) Stone (d) Artist

6. What does Solitary mean?
(a) Crowd (b) Diamond (c) Partner (d) Alone

7. Wise is to Foolish as Vain is to
(a) Modest (b) pretty (c) Conceit (d) Proud

8. Which is the odd one out?
(a) Marriage (b) Annul (c) Divorce (d) Separation

Story of a parent and PASD club.:

I never though that I would ever see my son read for pleasure, never mind him pushinhg me to WH Smith to buy a book. You know what pleasure it was to see him doing this? He is just on Level 4 with only 3 months into the programme; but he is reading novels now. Not only is he reading, but he comprehends what he reads.

His teachers are ecstatic with the progress he has made since the beginning of the school year. Needless to say, I am extremely happy, worth the journey and all the efforts. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Jane S. parent

My daughter, Eve is 8, we thought we ought to have her home school or private school as she just could not cope with normal schools.

She got off to a much slower reading start than her brother, but I figured it must be her galacotocaemia or just her style. Then when her reading was not improving, she improvised her lack of reading by avoiding reading out loud, and reading was becoming torture for both of us. She simply forgot what we just learnt. Her peer picked up on this and she became a joke to most and at worst a cruel punishment to attend school.

I didn’t know what was going on, but the only reading disorder I knew the name of was dyslexia. So I did an internet search. I was heartened by the fact so many parents seem to suffer this problem. I approached my chair women of Galactocaemic Society in Erdington, she was brilliant and put me in touch with Zeidan centre. She had a son who went through the same nightmare.

Now that I had a diagnosis of Learning and Perception Disorders, I needed a solution. I read about Chaaban Zeidan and listened to his Web site, read his book this is now history to me. Eve is now Year 7, reading has improved so much it is amazing. She even reads loud at school’s assembly. Eve had wanted to read loud before but slipped even with the simplest reading, she would skip words, read them wrong, and quickly get embarrassed and stop often with tears and frustration.

I know Zeidan Centre comments were, we are only getting out Eve’s talent, but I know without their brilliant support and dedication Eve may have never became the joy we have today.

Thank you so very much.

Eileen. B. Wiltshire