The Science Behind Cellfield

Unlike speech, reading came relatively late in human evolution so some of us lack the neural software needed to convert fast moving visual symbols (words) into meaning.  Reading has to be taught and mastered gradually, building from simple tasks like learning letters and sounds to higher level tasks, such as comprehension.

Picturing the brain as an iceberg, the tip is the part called working memory, where conscious learning takes place. The remaining, larger part is the subconscious where mastered skills for reading accumulate.  Once mastered, the brain files these skills in the subconscious and automatically retrieves them whenever needed. This leaves working memory free to concentrate on higher-level reading skills like comprehension. Because working memory capacity is limited, our brain uses it efficiently by limiting the time any particular material stays.  Skilled readers have time to master reading material before it is shifted out of working memory but impaired readers (like dyslexics) process reading material slower so it is moved out of working memory into the subconscious in bits and pieces.

This slow processing can mean that material is not understood, mastered or memorised and cannot be recalled automatically. Consequently it has to be retrieved and used consciously in working memory, causing it to become overloaded.  Overloading the working memory with low‑level skills means there is insufficient capacity left to master higher-level skills like comprehension.  Traditional methods of support and tutoring repeatedly reintroduces the same material into working memory and this causes the brain to divert attention away from working memory, shutting down motivation and the ability to remember. Repeating the cycle over and over can make students less receptive to learning and, over time, the gap in reading skills between what is expected and what is achieved becomes greater.

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Brain imagery research has shown that impaired readers have different patterns of brain activation compared to skilled readers.

How Cellfield is Different

 There is a lot of evidence that people who suffer brain injuries can alter pathways in their brains and this applies also to people with dyslexia and similar processing difficulties.  Based on the brain's ability to reorganise neural pathways, Cellfield was developed in Australia by Dimitri Caplygin over 10 years ago.

By bonding visual, auditory, and motor functions, the multisensory Cellfield programme provides a rapid link between the language centres of the brain.  This develops and strengthens left hemisphere brain activity and enables reading to become more automatic, increasing both reading fluency and comprehension. Skilled readers have developed instantaneous links between recognition and meaning, and Cellfield helps non-skilled readers to build these neural pathways through its targeted exercises which bond motor and visual functions.

Cellfield is computer-based and supervised by our Cellfield practitioners.  During Cellfield, reading content is introduced in such a novel and rewarding way that the executive function of the brain directs cognition and attention to working memory long enough for higher level reading skills to develop.  This helps break down the root causes of the brain’s resistance to learning.

Cellfield is a unique neuro‑scientific programme developed from extensive multifaceted research.  It effectively treats dyslexia and other language and reading difficulties.

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