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75 Year Old Overcomes Adult Dyslexia – Client Story

Written By Geoff Nixon . May 20, 2024

From Non Reader to Reading in  ~6 Months

Sandy, a self-described nonreader for most of her life, spent 6 months with Gemm Learning. When she completed her program, she not only considered herself a reader – she found reading enjoyable.

For most of her life, Sandy was only able to read at a 4th grade level. She considered herself “almost a non reader” as a result. She didn’t enjoy reading, though she always worked hard at it. She sought alternative activities where extensive reading wasn’t a necessity.

Sandy earned a degree in home economics and ran her own successful business for over 30 years. Sandy was diagnosed with dyslexia in her thirties.

After she retired, she began to think more and more about reading during her spare time and decided to seek out ways to overcome adult dyslexia, addressing the problem head on. She started with a well-known school for dyslexia, attending for three months. But between the long commute and her concern that the program wasn’t set up for adults, she eventually decided that it just wasn’t working.

Enter Gemm Learning

This led her to Gemm Learning. Sandy found the flexibility of being able to work from home on her own schedule appealing and signed up for our six month adult learning special.

She was initially discouraged during the cognitive exercises, because she couldn’t understand how listening to different sounds would improve her reading. She credits the constant reminders from staff to “hang in there” and that “there’s a reason for all this” for motivating her to continue.

My husband is so proud,” she said. “He just can’t believe after all these years, I’m doing this – because he’s been reading to me for the last 35 years.”

As time went on, Sandy began to see the program’s impact, and often completed extra sessions out of an eagerness to master specific objectives. She also called or emailed our staff whenever she had a question about strategies, vocabulary, or grammar rules as the material became more challenging.

Within six months’ time, her fluency and comprehension had improved substantially. Sandy got her first library card right after completing her program.

She considers reading fun now and alternates between checking out books at the library and selecting them on her iPad (where she enjoys the option to adjust the print size). “My husband is so proud,” she said. “He just can’t believe after all these years, I’m doing this – because he’s been reading to me for the last 35 years.” Sandy says that now she will read to her husband from articles or other things she finds interesting, and he just smiles.

Adult Dyslexia Protocol

Sandy worked 5 days per week, for 6 months. She completed the cognitive programs (now called Elements I and Elements II), and Reading 3-5 (now called  Reading 3 and Reading Comprehension). Sandy also participated in the ClearFluency program.

Note, Named changed to protect privacy.

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