Reading chapter books

HI Sarah.
Actually, we have gotten off the lessons for a while because his reading really improved and he is enjoying reading age appropriate chapter books now.
I will ask him if he will do a few more lessons with me to test his skills and interest.  I think he feels confident reading the big kid books now and when he reads aloud to me or my wife he is much more advanced than he was 4-6 months ago.
Will keep you posted.

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No problem recommending Easyread

Lucy has now finished and her reading has made great improvements. She still has to be reminded to decode but her ability to decode words is much better and her reading age has progressed a whole year! We are hoping to carry on with the additional lessons as this will help improve Lucy’s reading further.

I found the help and support was great and there was always someone to talk to whenever we were not sure of how to progress.

Lucy has worked hard and is really looking forward to her prize and i would have no problem recommending easyread to other parents of struggling readers

Thank you.

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All signs are good…

Thanks for the noise machine, Craig and his brother love it so much they nearly wore out the batteries in one day!!!  It’s hilarious.

Craig is settling into the Easyread routine and I think the jungle juggle and games are doing him the world of good.

As agreed with David over the phone we are concentrating on reading the first page with no guesses or mistakes and when he does that we skip the second page.  This seems to be working on the whole and he is reading fairly fluently, generally decoding the whole line in his head before he attempts to read it out loud.  Because he hasn’t decoded the second page the previous day he has to read properly rather than remember (which is what he was doing before).

I think it’s working?  Although he still does have a propensity for guessing he is always able to get it right when under pressure to work it out properly.  I have said that if he gets 10 days correct with no guesses I’ll buy him a lego set, which seems to be focussing his mind for now!

I have noticed encouraging signs in his reading outside of Easyread – he has started reading text on the games on his tablet, which he never did before.  One example – when he fishes on HayDay the fish species have unusual names like “Sockey Salmon” and without any prompting from me he has started trying to decode these and read them aloud whenever he gets a new fish.

Also at bedtime the other day we agreed to read a chapter of Dirty Bertie one sentence each, turn about, and he got so carried away with the story that he read a couple of paragraphs without thinking!  He only stopped and said it was my turn when he got to a word that he needed help with.  That was a one-off, he still doesn’t enjoy reading most of the time, but it’s a step forward.

We are on 2 weeks holiday from school just now and he is not reading nearly as much as he would at school, but I’m not forcing it, just concentrating on doing the Easyread each day and encouraging him whenever he reads anything else, even if it is a label on a packet!

It’s all good stuff and heading in the right direction.  I can sometimes feel him getting a little bored with the story – he often says how can 3 little pigs have sooooo many pages?!!  And yet if he had to read more than one page there is no way he would manage to do it without guessing so I think we are at the right pace just now.  He could probably manage without the characters for most words, but uses them to decode the words he doesn’t know.  He is reading so fluently its hard to know how much decoding he is actually doing, but with the Jungle Juggle I always make him say the original word out loud first and I’m surprised how often he finds it difficult and uses the characters.  He makes silly mistakes like reading “frog” when it says “fog” but realises his mistake when I ask him to try again.

All in all I think we are doing well.  My only hesitation is that he has always been such a proficient guesser that it is hard to be confident how much decoding is happening in the story.  Sometimes he misses whole words out or changes words to make it better eg “piggies” instead of “pigs”.  Is it because he hasn’t read it or is it because his autistic mind thinks the story is better that way?  Like a jazz musician doesn’t always follow the notes on the page.  Who knows… I’m just being very strict with him and saying he needs to read what is on the page. In the games it is less contextual and so he has to decode and I am more confident of the benefit he is getting from the games.

The last thing I’d like to say is how much my four year old is enjoying watching Craig do his Easyread – he is just as enthusiastic as Craig and I’m sure he’s learning a lot just by watching!  He is good as gold and sits so quietly except the occasional word of praise for his magnificent big brother.

I have a review meeting with Craig’s teachers and the educational psychologist in a couple of weeks, so I’m going to be raving about Easyread and trying not to dwell too much on how the school system has been letting Craig down.  They have such low expectations of him when it is so obvious to everyone that he is a bright cookie.  It is their opinion that Craig will come right in the end and he is just a “slow learner” so I’m fairly sure that whatever progress Craig makes via Easyread they will just say “I told you it would all be OK – patience is a virtue…!”  But we’ll know better. ;-)

Sorry to witter on so long… the abbreviated version is – we’re doing great, thanks and keep up the good work!

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Steady and solid progress

Olly has made steady but very solid progress throughout the course so far and it is amazing that he can now read the stories with out the characters to support him.

I think his eye tracking seems fine, there isn’t a noticeable difference between reading the story and single words in games.

Motivation is definitely waning, however once we have logged on he is always fine to complete his 15 mins. We are still doing half a lesson each day, I hope that is o.k.? Olly says he likes Easyread so I guess I can’t ask for more that that!

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Easyread has been a part of our lives.

Beautiful message from the father of a 7-year-old Easyreader. We love watching kids’ lives turned around!

“I’m A’s father and I just wanted to say how touched I was by your final ‘end of course’ message today. Easyread has been a part of our lives for a very long time – at the start it was gentle and fun, sometimes we all found it very hard, now we are happy and so much more confident.

The journey has been long but the destination of happy confident reading has been thoroughly achieved – which when I look back, at times seemed a long way away.

Much hard work from all the family has gone into us getting here, but Easyread and your dulcet tones have been our constant companion and guide.

It feels very strange to be at the end, but we are. So thank you for your careful, thoughtful, intelligent and excellent product which has greatly helped our lovely boy.

Great thanks.”

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Agent Alice over and out…

Hi David
I really liked the course. I like it how their is code words ,it is something to look forward to having all the spy gadgets. I also liked the games. My favourite game was fighter mission! I enjoyed the story of Graces House.The program helped me alot. Sometimes it would be hard but it was fun.
Agent Alice over and out.

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Dealing with Dyslexia at University

ID-100103395Easyread mainly focuses on helping children in primary and secondary education reverse their reading difficulties.

But there are people with dyslexia (or reading difficulties not due to any intellectual disability) of all age groups. One of the most difficult stages of life for many dyslexics is university, especially in the humanities where reading hundreds of pages for one class is common. This often forces students to skim their way through text – and consequently lose quite a bit of comprehension.

Most universities around the English-speaking globe offer help through writing centres and student support services. However, the quality of that support varies widely. Read the stories of 3 college students here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amanda-golden/learning-differences-in-c_b_5127165.html

Did you struggle with reading in university? Did you receive any support for it?

DSCN0462Sarah Forrest is a Reading Specialist for the Easyread System, an innovative online program for struggling readers with highly visual learning styles, dyslexia, auditory processing weakness, short-term memory weakness and more. www.easyreadsystem.com

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Enormous relief

As I mentioned to David when we last spoke, we are very pleased with how things are progressing. We have already seen a big improvement in Annabelle’s reading. She has moved up 3 levels in her reading books and is now able to decode words where before she would just give up.

She is still eager to do the lessons as they are fun and rewarding.

We look forward to seeing further improvements over the next 6 weeks. I have to admit, I was beginning to wonder if she would ever read and feel enormous relief to see her progress.

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