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Teachers want to help, but just don't know enough about dyslexia. The school adopts the 'wait to fail' approach and does not test for dyslexia anyway. Then doctors and psychologists, who can test for dyslexia, often won't even use the term dyslexia. They may even use the term "specific learning disability" but fail to specify which one.
Meanwhile, someone in your family is a slow reader, poor speller, and really smart (dyslexia) but they only saw it as a weakness, so they avoid the topic all together and survived the model of 'just work harder'.
We will help you navigate your specific journey in getting the right tools and resources, customized to your students learning style. It's time to learn, how you learn best.
We don't dumb it down...
This program was designed for adults who struggle with reading. And it is great for children. Typically, the 'easy' stuff, like the sounds of letters, will we hard, regardless of age. When was the last time you had to say the short vowel sounds with out putting it in a word? What is the short sound for u? Call us if you took more than 2 seconds. Did you look up towards the ceiling, trying to figure out that sound? Did you come up with a word with that letter in it to figure it out? We will save you time with a simple technique to avoid guessing.
Yet, the hard stuff, becomes simple with our logical system. Instead of memorizing words and how to spell them, we use spelling rules. Did you know /tch/ can only come after a short vowel? Catch vs. Lunch.
And my second graders, can spell auxiliary...and that word has no logic. Nor did they have to write it 1000 times. Call us to find out more...
What is Taught
in our reading program?
- Phonemic Awareness
breaking words into individual sounds, then putting them back together. CAT, is C-A-T. Our students tend to chunk a word like 'cat' as one sound.
- The Sound System
sound symbol association like the letter A has a short should of /ah/ like apple.
- Syllable Instruction
7 syllable types that determine the sound of the vowel. No more guessing if a vowel is short, long, schwa or from another language. our 1st graders will be able to read and spell t his word: bomplatric. It's a nonsense word so we know they are not recalling from memory. Without even knowing the word, our students will be able to tell it is a 3 syllable word. They will know the first vowel is short, the second is long, and the last is short by using our rules. Can you pronounce it? So they will learn:
- Meaningful Word Parts
Prefixes, suffixes, and root words.
The word "unwillingly" is a word most of our students will skip because it is too long. Meanwhile, it's just a four letter word...'will'. It gets hidden by the extra word parts. But if you take off the prefix and suffixes, it's easy to see and read.
- Grammar and Syntax
- Word Meaning
How it's Taught?
- Simultaneous Multi Sensory Instruction
using all senses when they learn so they can store and retrieve information better. See the letter A, say it's name and sound out loud, then write it in the air.
- Intense Instruction
more hands on learning so they can store language information more efficiently. No more storing it in a messy closet. With the multi sensory approach, it acts like they store it in a closet with shelves.
- Direct Explicit Instruction
using rules and logic
- Systematic and Cumulative
- Synthetic and Analytic
putting words together and taking them apart focusing on the sounds of letters
- Diagnostic Teaching
The teacher must know that these students are very smart and will resort to guessing words based on shapes (month for mouth), they will rely on their visual memory for words, and they will seek out patterns and use context clues, just to avoid reading a word they don't know. This will slow their reading progress down to a crawl as it creates a memory trace. Each time they read a word wrong, they must read that word 11 times to neutralize reading it wrong just once. That is the science of it.
If you or your child struggle with reading...call us for more information. We can tailor a plan for you.