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Dyslexia Treatment at Home

Neuroscience-based Fast ForWord software

There’s a temptation as a parent when confronted with your child’s dyslexia diagnosis, to lapse into coping strategies – tutoring, class accomodations, etc. But the diagnosis is not that dire. The brain is capable of massive change, and so why not take advantage or that.  Our dyslexia treatment for children accelerates foundational pre-reading and reading skills, with the intensity needed to progress the deep-seated cognitive delays that cause dyslexia.

While good readers develop pre-reading skills in daily language interactions, dyslexic children need more stimulation than occurs naturally.  Our online dyslexia programs fill this gap.

Each exercise presents sound trials in quick succession, adding speed and complexity at your child’s pace, building towards processing proficiency at natural language speed. We then add reading-specific decoding and comprehension exercises.

Program Overview

Our goals are first, reading automaticity, effortless decoding and then second, reading comprehension, Comprehension is not possible until reading is automatic.

Students work on our Fast ForWord software at home with remote coaching from Gemm Learning.

Note. like Orton-Gillingham, our goal is help your dyslexic child master phonics,  the sounds of English.  However, we work on improving language processing so that hearing these sounds is a natural process, not requiring your child them one by one.

Reading Software for Dyslexia

Our Fast ForWord dyslexia programs interact with the language centers of the brain, making changes that are visible on fMRI imaging – increased activity in language regions while reading.

The Window To New Learning Is Always Open

For many years it was thought the brain was hardwired, meaning it was thought there was no way to resolve a learning disability like dyslexia.

However, in the late 1970s several scientists (Hubel, Weisel, Merzenich) discovered neuroplasticity. This is the capacity of the brain to change its structure and function through experience and training. The invention of the fMRI in the 1990s confirmed neuroplasticity by showing changes in brain imaging. Therefore, we now know that the brain can change and self-improve (Merzenich, 2004).

This window for improvement remains open throughout life. Our online dyslexia treatment at home taps into this opportunity.

fMRI results of dyslexia treatment at homeNeuroplasticity and Dyslexia

In the case of dyslexia, limited phonemic awareness impacts reading growth. This shows up on an fMRI as scattered activity, indicating a variety of makeup strategies when reading.

Our treatment for dyslexia activates language regions of the brain. This helps language processing, phonemic awareness and then reading. Post-treatment fMRI scans after Fast ForWord look directionally like proficient readers (Stamford and Harvard studies).

Once a reader relies on the brain’s language centers, reading is more automatic, freeing up the mind for comprehension. This can start a virtuous cycle – less resistance to reading, more reading practice, and so reading growth.

Dyslexia Treatment Steps

Karen Foli compares language processing delays to listening to sound through water,sometimes diagnosed as auditory processing disorder (APD). APD and dyslexia are often diagnosed together.  Another common comorbidity is ADHD and dyslexia.

If word memory is muddy, reading is a challenge. The teacher can say |bad| starts with |ba| sound, but if your child cannot hear the |ba|, this teaching is torture and soul destroying. Similarly, if a child cannot sustain attention, sitting in class learning to read is a challenge.

And yet, most dyslexia programs use (boring) word lists and phonics training to teach letter sounds, one by one.  Sounds students cannot process, for extended periods that test focus.  Other dyslexia responses such as tutoring, tinted dyslexia glasses, IEP’s or accommodations at school, etc., are also coping mechanisms.

This is where our dyslexia treatment for children is different. We start at the beginning, by working on processing of language, so that students can actually make out the sounds in words and listen more comfortably – less exhaustion, more focus.  Our approach has three steps:

  1. Build Language Processing
    We strengthen cognitive skill gaps – processing, working memory, attention, sequencing.
  2. Build Automaticity
    We add exercises to build command of the language – grammar, vocabulary, word analysis and spelling.
  3. Reading Comprehension
    Our dyslexia treatment programs then focus on reading comprehension with critical and inferential thinking.

Pyramid showing dyslexia treatment in steps

Disclaimer & Cautionary Note

Gemm Learning is an educational program that works on cognitive skills. it is not a medical intervention. Because every dyslexic child is unique, we are not able to help in every case. However, in most cases, we improve reading as measured by our testing and get reports from parents that indicate an accelerated learning trajectory. We start with a consult to properly set expectations.

To find out if your child is a candidate for our online dyslexia treatment at home, request a free consult here or get our dyslexia report.

Note: There are many forms or labels for dyslexia. Phonological dyslexia is the most common. In addition, there is surface dyslexia, semantic dyslexia (focused on word retrieval) and deep dyslexia (or alexia, caused by traumatic brain injury).  While these are all a little different, the common theme is language processing difficulty, the main thrust of our dyslexia intervention.

dyslexia treatment
“He is doing really well now. Loves middle school! Doing great in his school work & his attitude has been good. We are pleased but watching him closely. He is reading a lot independently, definitely reading above grade level now. It is hard to believe he was diagnosed with dyslexia two years ago.”
Jane K.

Parent of 6th grader, dyslexia diagnosis



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