Online Reading Software With Oversight
Addressing the Cognitive Delays That Hold Back Reading
A ten-year NICHD study found that 88% of struggling readers share a common difficulty — they lack phonemic awareness. They struggle to sound out words when learning to read, which impedes reading automaticity later on. Our online reading software targets this common skill gap and others to build reading fluency and comprehension for all ages.
Most children build language processing skills – the building blocks of phonemic awareness — through natural language interaction. Every conversation is an opportunity for language stimulation. And so these skills develop in good readers by the age of 6 or 7 years of age. Once a child can pick out the sounds inside words, reading is easier, much easier. From there, he learns spelling rules, builds vocabulary and is on track to being a lifelong reader.
However, an estimated one third of readers do not develop language processing and phonological awareness naturally. For these children, reading ranges from frustrating and exhausting to downright difficult.
If Fundamental Skills Don’t Develop Naturally, You Can Exercise Them
This is where Gemm Learning helps. Our reading software provides extra language processing stimulation. Our self-paced exercises are the equivalent to hearing millions of words. From there, the reading software works on the other skill gaps most often caused by a language processing delay.
Because we target the most common cause of 88% of reading problems, most of our students see healthy gains in reading fluency and comprehension in just 4-6 months
Steps To Reading Proficiency
Learning is integrated. Where there are delays in language processing and phonological awareness, often there are attention issues, working memory dysfunction or vocabulary gaps. Therefore, the software has a comprehensive array of exercises covering the entire set of skills required for reading. Each exercise targets one or more of these essential pre-reading skills.
Gemm Learning customizes protocols for each child, drawing from two online reading software series, Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant. We build reading skills from the ground up in two phases:
Phase 1: Make Reading Easier
Reading proficiency takes practice. Our first goal is get your child reading, to help him become a lover of books. That is only going to happen if reading is easy, comfortable.
Each exercise in the Cognitive Skills programming targets one or more of the glitches holding back your child’s reading. Fast ForWord cognitive software builds these fundamental skills. From there, we move on to Fast ForWord Reading for decoding automaticity, vocabulary, spelling and grammar. In addition, we may assign Reading Assistant, speech recognition-based oral reading practice.
Phase 2: Accelerate Reading Comprehension
The 8th grade reading standard for reading comprehension goes beyond simply understanding the text. It requires thinking while reading, making connections, putting the text in context, self-correcting while reading.
For elementary age children our goal is reading comprehension with the ability to connect to prior knowledge or personal experience while reading. This is step three on the pyramid. For middle and high school students our goal is the 8th grade reading standard, reading comprehension exercises that align with most state standards.
Time To Complete
Our clients spend 4-6 months with us, working 30 minutes a day. Because the software exercises are adaptive, each student has a unique experience, where they end up working on the particular exercises that address their particular combination of difficulties.
Some students spend most of their time in phase 1, and for many parents, “making reading easy” is a great outcome. This is because it means that their child will be a more willing reader, raising the likelihood of being a lifetime reader. The students who spend more time in phase 1 tend to be young — they need help connecting sounds to letters of the alphabet — or they have deep-seated learning difficulties that require time to resolve or at least ameliorate.
Other students fly through the early sections, needing only a modest push in 1-2 skills to get onto a dramatically better reading track. These children, and most teenagers and adults, spend more time in phase 2.
How Our Reading Software Works
The reading software exercises build processing skills in tiny, incremental steps, very similar to how physical skills are learned. The exercises are intense, each one requiring hundreds of sequencing and sound discrimination decisions in quick succession each day. Furthermore, the exercise are adaptive. They add speed and complexity at your child’s own pace, gradually building all of the skills that lead to reading confidence.
Research studies, covering 30,000 students, find Fast ForWord makes a positive impact on reading and language. It was rated “most effective” out of 24 reading programs in a comprehensive 2-year Nevada State study. It has been used by 2+ million students in 42 countries, and has been the subject of 700+ white papers.
Programs By Age
Younger children, 5 years and older, work mainly on processing, language and phonological awareness. Our exercises are adaptive, meaning students progress at their own pace, without frustration.
Our middle and high school reading programs initially review reading speed and fluency. And then they move to reading comprehension and critical thinking skills.
Start With A Free Consult
Online reading software works for most parents because there is so much more flexibility to fit the session into a busy day, compared to going into a center.
Our clients are not alone. Unlike many of the online reading software programs available, we provide constant oversight and guidance. It starts with a detailed consultation before you start, to make sure your child is a candidate for our program. Call today to a free consult.