Overcome Reading Problems Permanently
in as little as 6 to 9 months
It sounds impossible but it isn’t.
Sadly, most struggling readers are not receiving everything they need in order to overcome the problem. And so they continue to struggle with reading for their entire lives.
At Accomplished Learning Centre we specialize in training the child in all of the necessary areas, and not stopping until it is resolved… usually in about six months.
3 things to consider when solving reading problems (dyslexia)
1) Cognitive Weaknesses (the foundation)
Does the child (or adult) have weaknesses in working memory, attention, phonological processing, sequencing, reasoning, executive function, etc.? These must be resolved first! Otherwise the next two stages are like building a house without a foundation. Most reading programs don’t even take cognitive weaknesses into consideration. (This does not mean the child is not bright. Reading problems and dyslexia occur in people with high IQ’s also.)
2) Reading Instruction (the house)
Many children are not even taught how to read. Some teachers assume that if a child is read to they will learn to read… and so it must be the parents’ fault. Not!
Analytic Phonics (not the best way)
Usually, when reading is taught, especially to struggling readers, it is with analytic or implicit phonics. This involves teaching the child the “rules” and exceptions. This is mental gymnastics. It is hard and, because the English language is comprised of so many other languages, is impossible for many adults to master, let alone children… especially those with any cognitive weaknesses.
Sight words are also usually used with this type of method. The child is required to memorize the shape of words without the understanding of why the letters are in that order and how they sound. This results in confusion about the proper letter sounds and makes correcting the problem somewhat more challenging.
The child is usually taught to guess by looking at the pictures or the first few letters. Guessing is NOT reading.
Sound to Code: (the best way)
Sound to Code, explicit or synthetic phonics methods more closely resemble how typical readers read. Instruction starts with the sounds that rarely change like m, n, t, s, l, k, p, and additional sounds are added as the child masters each set. It is practically foolproof because, using this method of introducing new words, almost all words can be “sounded out.” Only after the child has mastered each new set of sounds are more added. Irregular words, those that “don’t work,” are added slowly and are easily dealt with once a certain degree of mastery has been achieved. (“Synthetic” means “to blend” the sounds.)
3) Guided Reading (the roof)
This is supervised reading practice so the child will know when they are misreading and can get help learning new words. For many children this is the first or only reading instruction they receive.. when it should be last. On its own, it is not enough.
How we do it at Accomplished Learning Centre
Your child can do the program in our office in Langley, BC Canada or in the comfort of your own home.
First, several weeks of Scientific Learning’s Fast ForWord computer programs will strengthen the cognitive skills necessary for reading ease. Then Sound to Code reading instruction is added. And finally, the child practices reading with Scientific Learning’s Reading Assistant. As you see in the following chart, they overlap but should still only take 50-60 minutes per day in total.
Our results speak for themselves. Following are some of the most recent graduates of our reading program. (The 7th grader will likely return in the summer to complete his program.)
We are the largest private provider of Scientific Learning’s products in North America. With it, we help over 100 kids each year and have been doing so since 2009.
In addition, we have been doing cognitive training since 2001 and have been teaching “Sound to Code” reading methods since 2004.
What if it takes longer than 6-9 months?
It doesn’t. If we think it might, we use Interactive Metronome or IM-Home first. This is one of our more aggressive attention training programs and can chop off three months of a program that might otherwise take 9-12 months. Or, in certain kids, we may use PACE and Master the Code instead, another six month program. When need be, we pull out the stops and create a system using even more of our programs.
We have a formula that is tried, tested and true. It really works.
Phone us to discuss any questions you have at (604) 539-1386 or toll-free in Canada at 1-855-539-1386.
Fast ForWord actually changes the way the brain reads (neuroplasticity). It trains the reader to use the left-brain rather than the right-brain for reading tasks. See www.scilearn.com/parents for excellent scientific evidence into the causes of reading problems (including Auditory Processing Disorder, dyslexia, language disabilities, and the solutions).
How does the brain read? Click here for a great half-hour lecture that explains it.
25 to 35% of English speaking kindergarten kids are at risk for failing to learn to read, right here in BC. Be sure to read the following discussion paper for a deeper understanding of how these methods improve reading results: Breaking_Through_the_Barriers