Dyslexia & How To Help
Before seeking dyslexia help, there are two things you need to know:
- Dyslexia is not a condition. It is best defined as an unexpected difficulty with reading. Dyslexia is indicated around age 7 at the earliest.
- While the classic dyslexia symptom is visual, switching of letters, most dyslexia symptoms are reading or language related, because reading is essentially a language skill — written text is language transcribed to a visual format.
Types of Dyslexia Help
There are strategies for dealing with dyslexia: (1) manage the symptoms year after year or (2) invest in resolving dyslexia once and for all.
Most dyslexia help, tutoring for instance, fits into the first category — it deals with the challenges caused by dyslexia, the reading and/or learning difficulties, rather than the dyslexia itself. Even the programs that teach phonics use repetition to help dyslexic children work around the underlying processing inefficiencies that cause dyslexia.
More recently however, improved knowledge of the brain has lead to interventions that now make it possible to address the language processing and cognitive delays at the source of most forms of dyslexia. Gemm Learning’s dyslexia treatment is part of this new wave of brain-based interventions.
Help For Dyslexia: Our Solution
Our ForWord software addressed language processing and other cognitive difficulties related to dyslexia.
The program uses a number of adaptive exercises, based on neuroscience principles, in an individualized sequence designed by Gemm Learning. These exercises build essential cognitive skills — so-called MAPS, working Memory, Attention, Processing and Sequencing — step by step to the levels required for reading and learning efficiency.
Our elementary age programs focus primarily on phonemic awareness, and reading fluency and comprehension, while our middle and high school program is more reading comprehension and learning efficiency focused.
Our dyslexia programs by age
Many of our students improve to the point where they no need dyslexia help — they exhibit no signs of dyslexia — in just a few months. Our success stories make compelling reading.