Dyslexia Treatment at Home
Software That Aims To Make A Significant And Lasting Difference
Our online dyslexia treatment combines two powerful forces:
- Neuroplasticity — the brain’s ability to change, and
- Remote oversight — to make sure the protocol is followed
Gemm Learning uses brain-based Fast ForWord cognitive and reading software with remote professional oversight and support. The software gets at the processing delays that cause most dyslexia using rapid-fire interactive exercises that build in speed and complexity at the student’s own pace.
The program strengthens phonological, cognitive and reading skills in an individualized sequence. The goal is to significantly reduce or even eliminate dyslexia symptoms.
2+ million students in 42 countries
Validated in numerous studies
Infused with neuroscience principles
The Window To New Learning Is Always Open
For many years it was thought the brain was hardwired and that dyslexia was a permanent condition. Then in the late 1970’s several scientists (Hubel, Weisel, Merzenich) discovered neuroplasticity, the capacity of the brain to change its structure and function through experience and training.
Neuroplasticity was confirmed in the early 1990’s with the invention of the fMRI when pre- and post-test imaging showed brains changing. This included seeing dyslexic brains normalize after certain dyslexia treatments — new pathways were created and brain activity while reading changed, improved.
This potential for the brain to adapt and change means that learning outcomes in early life are not final, that the window for learning gains remains open throughout life. Our online dyslexia treatment at home, using Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant, taps into this opportunity.
Dyslexia Treatment Steps
Dyslexia is most often caused by language processing delays that impair how language is heard, described as like listening to sound through water (Karen Foli). This muddiness impacts listening, which sometimes causes speech delays and almost always impedes development of phonemic awareness, the essential reading skill. Phonemic awareness — being able to break apart words into individual sounds, phonemes — requires a much higher level of processing (listening) accuracy. Phonemic awareness is essential for decoding, reading automaticity and reading comprehension.
Most people think of dyslexia as permanent because the help they received for dyslexia — tutoring, special glasses, extra reading lessons at school, etc. — did not make much of a difference. However, these activities are not interventions — they are mainly coping tools, not designed to address the underlying processing delays that cause dyslexia.
The brain is constantly trying to self-improve (Merzenich, 2004). At some point though it needs guidance, otherwise it gets boxed in, relying on flawed reading methods such as memorization and out of ideas on how to get beyond that. This is what our software does. It leads the brain away from trying to perfect flawed reading methods by providing a pathway that develops the phonological and related cognitive skills needed to improve reading and reduce dyslexia symptoms.
This is how our treatment for dyslexia is different. It is not a coping tool. It is an intervention that aims to guide the brain to higher reading function by targeting the cognitive impediments to reading, and then builds reading skills, step by step, from the fundamentals of decoding through to critical reading.
- Target The Underlying Cause
Students make hundreds of clicks every day to exercise processing speed, working memory, attention and sequencing skills. The software adds speed and complexity at the student’s pace, gradually pulling the brain up to higher ability levels.
- Make Reading Easier & More Fluent
Fluent reading also requires language dexterity — sound grammar, vocabulary and spelling skills — which we address after the first 4-8 weeks.
- Build Reading Comprehension
The latter stages of our dyslexia treatment programs focus on improving reading comprehension with critical and inferential thinking.
Our goal is to help your child build cognitive skill levels beyond those associated with dyslexia. Not all brains can be led to those higher levels, even in the tiny incremental steps our program uses, but many can. In all cases, as long as protocols are followed, our treatment will change the way a dyslexic student reads as shown on an fMRI. This almost always translates into measurable gains in reading skills and (at the very least) a reduction in dyslexia symptoms.
We customize our programs by student age and need. The software then adapts to the student, creating an individualized experience.
Our Window Into The Home & The Importance of Oversight
Home-based learning is challenging. There are so many distractions and parents are never sure if their child is working appropriately when sitting at a computer. Our dyslexia treatment tackles these issues:
- We see every click
- Our professionals can spot problems and will reach out immediately if there are issues.
Our unique Progress Tracker platform provides a detailed insight into activity on our software at home — we see every click, every error and of course every lack of a click, i.e., non-participation. Using analytics and detailed reports, our professionals, who review every student every day, are able to get a good read on how much progress your child is making. If extra help is needed, we have a range of interventions available, including virtual one-on-one sessions, protocol adjustments and exercise-specific recommendations.
In addition our professionals are always available if needed and will check in regularly.
The personal trainer aspect of our service keeps our software participation rates high — student outcomes are highly correlated to participation. This is in contrast to most online software where there is no follow up, and most of the time, the distractions of home life overwhelm the good intentions to do the work.
Our staff are professionals, mainly educators. They are used to helping dyslexia and know what to do when a problem arises. This includes helping to find ways to motivate. We support the at home dyslexia treatment protocols with online rewards, which are particularly helpful for younger children. Older children may need better incentives that only a parent can provide — again our staff are a great resource here.
Our mantra is to move mountains, to do whatever it takes, to get your child through our program to the hopefully substantial and lasting rewards on the other side.
Fast Acting and Enduring
The fastest way to fix a problem is to find the source of difficulty and then address it. This is how our software solution works. Many students start experience improvements in their reading after only a few weeks. Our full dyslexia course averages 4-6 months, varying according to the students needs and goals.
Our dyslexia treatment is also enduring. Once core language processing and related cognitive skills are learned, they integrate and become part of your child. These skills are then practiced every day through listening, interacting with others in conversation and of course while reading.
The brain is an amazing organ. With the right stimulation, it can improve much more quickly and more profoundly than you might think. Our students average 1-2 years of reading gain in their first 2-3 months, with more acceleration after that. Our results speak for themselves.
Find Out If Our Online Dyslexia Treatment Can Help Your Child
These days there are online programs for reading that claim to help dyslexia. If they are followed rigorously, maybe they are. But working at home is a tough assignment. The distractions are many, and the motivation are few.
Consequently, we believe our secret sauce is the remote personalized guidance we provide through our trained professionals. These professionals monitor and guide. They act as a mentor and coach, encouraging you and your child to stick with the protocols to get the rewards this amazing software offers.
To find out if our online dyslexia treatment at home is suitable for you or your child, call a Gemm Learning specialist for a free consult.