Parents get very excited when their very small child at a very precocious age begins to read as though he or she is the next protégé or reading genius. In reality this extremely early reading is called “hyperlexia” and is a sign of inappropriate development, especially in the area of vision. It is sometimes coupled with a significant difficulty to understand language, an obsession with letters and numbers and tremendous socialization and interaction difficulties similar to those seen in children with autism. In fact, hyperlexia has many characteristics like autism spectrum disorders, language disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, hearing impairments and intellectual disabilities. Because of this, it is often misdiagnosed. There are three basic types of hyperlexia: Hyperlexia I are neurotypical children who are early readers; Hyperlexia II are early readers who are on the autism spectrum; Hyperlexia III are early readers who carry traits of autism and some have Asperger’s Syndrome.
Treating hyperlexia should be similar to treating other developmental disorders, autism spectrum disorders and learning disabilities. Implementing a biomedical approach to changing your child’s diet and going organic, cleaning up the gastrointestinal tract, improving the microbiome, greening your home environment, including good quality fats in your child’s diet and essential fatty acids, addressing environmental and food allergies, testing for nutritional deficits, supporting the methylation and MTHFR, supplementing with nutritional supplementation, starting a detoxification protocol and so on. (see Autism link).
Also very helpful is finding appropriate therapies that can improve your child’s hyperlexia. Vision therapy is very important for children with hyperlexia, so finding a behavioral optometrist in your area would be at the top of the list. Neurobiofeedback, Brain Gym, Auditory Integration Therapy (Berard) or Sound Stimulation Therapy (Tomatis), Chiropractic Neurology, Brain Balance Centers, NET, GemIIni Speech Therapy, Acupunture, Occupational Therapy with Sensory Integration would all be very helpful. For further information see Learning Disability.