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 average and 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. Or worse, it must be that the child is lazy and unmotivated.  This is known as blaming the victim.

A grade one teacher recently told me that she has asked anyone she can think of, “How do you teach reading?”  The answer she has been given by her professors, principals, and other teachers:  “That’s part of your autonomy.  You do it any way you choose.”  She’s frustrated that there is no guidance or information on this topic for teachers.

At Accomplished Learning Centre we use PROVEN methods.

Read:  Research – Why so Many Kids Struggle to Learn to Read

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 EXPLICIT Sound to Code (also called synthetic OR systematic) reading instruction is added.  And finally, if necessary, 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.

Reading Flow Chart

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.)

Reading Gains

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.

Additional Resources

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 learn to read?  Click here for a great half-hour lecture that explains it.

48% of Canadian adults cannot read well enough to cope in modern society, and 25% 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