Individualized dyslexia programs.
- Protocols for children and teenagers.
- How our programs vary by student need.
Dyslexia Programs For Children
Individualized Protocols by Age & Symptom
Our dyslexia programs help children five years and older, teens and adults. We use Fast ForWord, a series of software programs that treats the processing and memory deficits that cause dyslexia.
Our program targets all aspects of dyslexia:
- Decoding. Most decoding difficulties are caused by processing, focus and/or memory delays. These skills are our initial target.
- Comprehension. Children with dyslexia typically have weak language skills -- syntax, spelling, vocabulary and grammar -- helped by our program.
- Interest in reading. Our dyslexia exercises create automaticity at every step -- decoding, linguistic dexterity, and comprehension -- helping to make reading less exhausting and more rewarding.
Program Protocols by Age
Our dyslexia reading programs emphasize mastery of the fundamentals -- phonological awareness, working memory, attention -- required for reading. Students start out with a program in the base of the pyramid. The programs beyond that point vary according to age and symptoms.
Elementary Age Children
Symptom: Difficulty Sounding Out
Young children with dyslexia, struggling to get started in reading, almost always have auditory processing difficulties, leading to weak phonological awareness. This processing delay impacts not only how they hear words, and how they break them apart in their head, but also creates focus and working memory gaps.
Symptom: Resists Reading
In many ways, this is the classic sign of dyslexia. No one likes to do what is difficult, much less do it in front of parents or even worse, in class.
Symptom: Losing Ground As Books Get Harder
Many dyslexic children memorize their way through the early stage of reading. While they cannot sound out complicated words, they are able to gather enough sight words to stay with the class into 3rd grade and sometimes even further. But at some point, it all falls apart and they need to start again -- they need to learn to decode automatically.
Our reading program for dyslexia converges on the idea of making reading easier, to defang reading, so that it is not humiliating or difficult. This work all occurs in the dyslexia programs in the base of the pyramid -- if we can improve the cognitive skills required for reading, we can make reading more natural, easier, doable. The road to reading comprehension is a long way from there, especially for a 5-7 year old, but if reading is easier, it is a road that will be willingly traveled.
Elementary age students typically spend a lot of time in Fast ForWord Language v2, working on the crucial cognitive skills at the base of the reading pyramid. Children in the 5-7 age range, will then move to Language to Reading, and perhaps Reading 1. Children 7-9 years of age, will likely get to Reading 2, some to Reading 3.
Middle & High School Children
Symptom: Slow Reader
Many dyslexic children are slow readers. They are unable to decode automatically. In middle and high school this can turn a modest amount of homework into hours every night, and it can turn reading assignments into major undertakings.
Symptom: Reading Comprehension
Reading comprehension in middle school goes beyond literal comprehension of the text. It requires the ability to pick out the main ideas from text, to make inferences and pick up the nuances.
Symptom: Cannot Reading For Long Periods
An inability to read for more than 10-15 minutes in one sitting is a classic symptom in older dyslexic children. It indicates an inefficient reading style that is likely exhausting and lacking in sufficient reading comprehension to engage. Our dyslexia reading programs are focused directly on the underlying impediments to reading stamina -- automatic decoding and sound comprehension.
Our dyslexia programs for older children and teenagers help reading speed and comprehension. We start with cognitive exercises in Literacy and Literacy Advanced, and then move to Reading Level 3 to work on reading comprehension skills -- inferential thinking, vocabulary, sentence completion. Middle schoolers may complete Reading Level 4, while teenagers will likely complete Reading Level 5, where the goal is reading with metacognition, the ability to think critically and self correct while reading.
More on the Fast ForWord reading programs
Dyslexia Program Steps
The protocols of our dyslexia programs will vary by age. In general, older children with dyslexia need less time to close the cognitive skills gaps and so are able to spend more time higher in the pyramid, on reading comprehension. This is even more true of adults.
Dyslexia treatment overview