Dyslexia Treatment at Home
Target The Causes of Dyslexia, Not the Symptoms
- Does your dyslexic child experience frustration daily?
- Rather than coping with dyslexia, do you wonder if you can reduce its impact?
The answer is yes, often you can help dyslexia. Dyslexia, a difficulty with reading despite normal intelligence, is primarily caused by cognitive skill delays. And just as you can train physical skills, cognitive skills will respond to exercise. This is how our online dyslexia treatment at home works.
Daily Language Interactions Are Not Enough For Dyslexic Children
Reading is a language skill, and so dyslexia is a language-based learning disability. Good readers develop the cognitive skills needed for reading — language processing in particular — through daily language interactions, listening, in the first 6-7 years of life. Their language fundamentals, including phonemic awareness, improve naturally and consequently their reading improves, naturally.
However, daily listening is not enough language processing stimulation for dyslexic children. They need more practice.
Practice Makes Permanent
Our dyslexia treatment for children and adults meets this need. It provides extra language processing practice with escalating intensity to accelerate cognitive skill maturation.
Each exercise targets one or more cognitive or reading skill, with hundreds of trials in a ladder of escalating difficulty that pulls students up. These improving skills then integrate and become part of your child. They become permanent.
Unlike many dyslexia treatments which have incremental ambitions, our goal is a step-change improvement in reading. And because you can exercise and improve cognitive skills at any age, our dyslexia regimen can help all ages.
Gemm Learning supports this powerful, clinical software at home with remote personalized care and attention:
- Individualized protocols
- Daily monitoring, weekly reporting
- Regular coaching and interaction with remote professionals
Reading Software for Dyslexia
Our protocol always starts with Fast ForWord software, which interacts with the language centers of the brain. It addresses the language processing difficulties at the heart of a dyslexia diagnosis. By improving these fundamental skills we aim is to make a lasting difference.
2+ million students helped with reading in 42 countries
240+ language, reading and dyslexia studies worldwide
Significant change measured in pre- and post-fMRI imaging
The Window To New Learning Is Always Open
For many years it was thought the brain was hardwired and therefore 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 making changes in brain activity visible in pre- and post-imaging. Therefore, far from being hard-wired and fixed, we now know that the brain can change and self-improve with appropriate stimulation and guidance (Merzenich, 2004).
Tapping Into Neuroplasticity To Help Reading
In the case of dyslexia, if your child has limited phonemic awareness — if the brain cannot process phonemes — then reading growth will stall. This shows up on an fMRI as scattered activity, indicating a reading style using a range of methods such as guessing and memorization when decoding of words sound by sound by itself is not working.
This is how to treat dyslexia, to use neuroplasticity exercises for dyslexia that activate language regions of the brain. Specifically, more accurate processing makes the phonemes clearer and easier to process, which leads the brain away towards a phonological-based reading method. The post-treatment fMRI confirms these changes. It looks directionally more like the reading scan of a good reader per the Stamford and Harvard studies.
Furthermore, post-treatment many students continue to improve. With reading practice, the brain relies more and more on its language centers and less on guessing. Consequently, the added inclination to practice is self-reinforcing. Reading becomes easier and more enjoyable each and every day.
Learning outcomes in early life are not final. Therefore, the window for improvement remains open throughout life. Our online dyslexia treatment at home, using Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant, taps into this profound opportunity.
Like most of the best programs for dyslexia, our treatment takes effort and persistence over a few months — no pain, no gain. That is even with the remote oversight of our caring professionals. However, in most cases, the rewards make the effort worthwhile.
Dyslexia Treatment Steps
The language processing delays that cause dyslexia impair listening skills. Notably, Karen Foli compares it to listening to sound through water, It impedes development of phonological and phonemic awareness. With weak phonemic awareness, reading has almost no chance of becoming automatic or easy.
Strategies like word lists and phonics training do help phonemic awareness. However, they take a long time to make a difference and they are boring to do. Furthermore, this is not how to treat dyslexia — these strategies do not address the underlying impediments. Furthermore, dyslexia responses such as tutoring, tinted dyslexia glasses, IEP’s or accommodations at school, etc., are also coping mechanisms. Our dyslexia treatment for children is very different. Rather than a band-aid, our target is the underlying difficulty.
Our approach has three steps:
- Target The Underlying Causes
Students make hundreds of clicks every day to exercise the cognitive skills that cause dyslexia, This includes processing speed, working memory, attention and sequencing skills.
- Make Reading Easier & More Fluent
Fluent reading requires language dexterity — sound grammar, vocabulary, word analysis and spelling skills — which we address 4-8 weeks in.
- Accelerate Reading Comprehension
The latter stages of our dyslexia treatment programs focus on improving reading comprehension with critical and inferential thinking.
The adaptive software adds speed and complexity at the student’s pace, tapping into neuroplasticity. It gradually pulls the brain up to ever higher ability levels.
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.
The Importance of Oversight
As is the case with the best dyslexia treatments, Gemm Learning students work with supervision. We provide constant remote oversight to support the online activity — for children and for adults.
Home alone without oversight almost never works. There are so many distractions at home and parents are never sure if their child is working when sitting at a computer.
- We see every student click (and error) remotely
- Our staff has years of experience monitoring remotely
- We reach out immediately if we see you are having issues
The Gemm Learning secret sauce is the remote personalized guidance of our trained professionals. Using analytics and detailed reports, our professionals monitor activity daily. In addition, they act as a mentor and coach, encouraging you and your child to stick with the protocols to get the rewards this software offers.
Furthermore, we have interventions for those needing extra help. This includes virtual one-on-one sessions, protocol adjustments and exercise-specific recommendations. In addition to regular calls, we email weekly reports, send out achievement certificates at milestones and run an online support group. Finally, we provide incentives at our online rewards website, Gemm City.
Because we target the underlying impediment to reading, many students start improving in only a few weeks. The full dyslexia course averages 4-6 months, depending on students needs and goals. With the right stimulation, the brain can improve its language processing capabilities much more quickly and more profoundly than you might think. Our results here speak for themselves.
Improved language processing, including mastery of letter sounds, phonemes and graphemes, integrate and become part of your child and will then be used daily. Consequently, gains will last a lifetime.
Find Out If Our Online Dyslexia Treatment Can Help Your Child
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.
To find out if your child is a candidate for our online dyslexia treatment at home,Or call a Gemm Learning specialist for a free consult.