Dyslexia Treatment for Children at Home
Target causes, not symptoms
Pre-reading cognitive and language skills can improve with exercise. Good readers develop these foundational language processing skills naturally, through language interactions, listening. Children with dyslexia need more language processing practice.
Our dyslexia treatment for children and adults provides this extra language stimulation, equivalent to many thousands of words in a few months. Each exercise targets a crucial pre-reading or reading skill – trials in quick succession that add speed and complexity gradually leading the brain to higher function.
We target the same deficits as Orton-Gillingham, at a more generalized level that takes less time than learning the sounds of English, one by one.
Our goal is a step-change improvement in just a few months. We provide this powerful software at home with remote personalized care.
Reading Software for Dyslexia
Our Fast ForWord software interacts with the language centers of the brain.
3+ million students helped
240+ studies worldwide
Impact visible on fMRI imaging
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, far from being hard-wired and fixed, we now know that the brain can change and self-improve (Merzenich, 2004).
Furthermore, the window for improvement remains open throughout life. Our online dyslexia treatment at home taps into this opportunity.
Tapping Into Neuroplasticity To Help Reading
In the case of dyslexia, if your child has limited phonemic awareness, reading growth stalls. This shows up on an fMRI as scattered activity, indicating makeup strategies when reading.
Our treatment for dyslexia activates language regions of the brain. It leads the brain to better language processing, better phonemic awareness, the key to reading. Post-treatment fMRI scans have confirmed these changes. Students after Fast ForWord look directionally more like good readers (Stamford and Harvard studies).
The result is movement toward a phonological-based left to right reading method, which is easier, more automatic because the reader relies on the brain’s language centers, meaning less need to guess. This can start a virtuous cycle. Easier reading leads to less resistance to reading and so more reading practice which helps reading.
Dyslexia Treatment Steps
Karen Foli compares language processing delays to listening to sound through water. Learning to read when word memory is muddy is always going to be a challenge until that word memory is clearer.
And yet, that’s what most dyslexia programs do. They use word lists and phonics training do help students learn the letter sounds, one by one. It’s boring and soul destroying. 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. It starts by activating language regions of the brain, aiming to make word memory clearer so that student can actually make out the sounds in words that their teachers are pointing out. Our approach has three steps:
- Improve Language Processing
We strengthen cognitive skill gaps – processing, working memory, attention, sequencing.
- Build Automaticity
We add exercises to build command of the language – grammar, vocabulary, word analysis and spelling.
- Reading Comprehension
Our dyslexia treatment programs then focus on reading comprehension with critical and inferential thinking.
Disclaimer & Cautionary Note
Gemm Learning is an educational program, not a medical intervention. Because every child is unique we are not able to help in every case. A lot depends on the circumstances of the student and the effort put into our exercise regimen. Being a home-based dyslexia treatment for children adds risk also — compliance at home is sometimes challenging, which can impact outcomes. However, in most cases we can improve reading as measured by our testing. The variability in results is one reason we insist on a consultation before starting so that we can properly set expectations.
To find out if your child is a candidate for our online dyslexia treatment at home, call for a free consult.
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.
“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.”
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“I am seeing changes already (6 weeks in). I was in tears just like the lady in the video. We have been looking for a dyslexia program for a long time and are so relieved. When we used to send him upstairs to read it was a struggle. Now he goes up and reads on his own. He is also focusing better, his attitude is better and his confidence is growing. It’s exciting.”
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