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Emotional Freedom Techniques for Dyslexia: A Case Study

Citation: McCallion, F. (2012). Emotional Freedom Techniques for Dyslexia: A Case Study; Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, & Treatment 4(2). doi: 10.9769/EPJ.2012.4.2.FM

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Abstract

Dyslexia is a developmental condition, often inherited, that interferes with the acquisition and processing of written language. Sequencing issues, disorientation, and emotional issues can all be successfully treated separately. This case study details the use of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to address these issues separately with a single client over 3 connected sessions: addressing 2 specific events concerning teachers, pre-birth issues, and the birth process, respectively. By the end of the 3 sessions, the client was able to read easily and fluently, sequence, and understand sequences. The disorientation associated with her dyslexia had reduced to the point where it was no longer an issue. Whether this formula can be applied to all people with dyslexia, however, is not clear and requires further study.

Editor’s Note

This is an excellent case study published by a London therapist who worked with a woman in her 20s who had been suffering for years with dyslexia, but had been formally diagnosed by the university psychologist. The paper in thorough details reviews the specifics of three sessions during which the therapeutic goals of improving reading and understanding of what was read, as well as achieving an improvement in concentration and focus were all reached.

Of particular interest are the considerations involved with dyslexia being a central nervous system developmental disorder, often with an inherited component that interferes not only with the acquisition and processing of written language, but also with academic consensus revealing a connection between dyslexia and autism spectrum conditions. Given a developmental connection, the specific incidents that were revealed and narrated in this paper offers a fascinating potential connection with pre-birth trauma, birth trauma and early childhood traumas all of which may potentially play significant roles with this condition, at least for this individual’s case.