Case Study: Focusing, guessing, and blending issues… to reading breakthrough!

Before starting: Paul was in Grade 2 in Canada and about a year behind in reading. His progress was slow; his mother says it was like “torture” to practice reading with him, because he was constantly guessing words. His decoding and blending skills were close to zero and spelling was a nightmare for him. It was as if he couldn’t even hear the sounds in a word.

During the lesson process: Paul has focusing issues which caused some of the frustration he and his mother had before starting the course. But the lessons seemed to hold his attention better, to the point where they stopped working on stress-inducing outside reading just to focus on the program. At first he wasn’t overly excited by the whole process, but soon he started to “get it” and to believe that it was helping him. Of course the prizes worked wonders too for motivation! Around Lesson 90 – just like the parent training said – results started to show outside the program. Paul would read words in his environment, like those written on household objects. He also shifted to looking at all the letters in a word rather than just the first couple (which would lead to a guess).

Results so far: Paul is now at Lesson 117. His mother has been seeing some amazing results in his reading and spelling is starting to shift too. At night they read the Hank Zipzer books before bed and Paul will chip in with a sentence or two. He prefers to read to himself now… and this is a child who a few months ago would only look at the pictures in books.

His mother wrote in just this week: “he has gone from not even hearing the sounds in a word and guessing to being able to decode. Now even when he doesn’t get a word right (especially the ones that are more irregular) he gets at least close to what it would make sense to read whereas before he would just spit out a word that starts with the same letter and nothing else would be similar. You turned him around, taught him from scratch and now he is going in the right direction. I know that his evolution will not stop now because he was given the tools he never had before. And what is surprising to me is that we see this progress despite reading such short texts. I guess 3 minutes of decoding are more valuable than 30 minutes of struggle and guessing! I know he is growing confident and he is happy to be able to read a lot more than before. I am so grateful I found you.

The days when we would all scream our heads off and cry when reading are long gone!”

Well done Paul and mum Diana!

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Case Study: Twin Teenagers Reach Reading Takeoff!

Before Easyread, teenage twin boys Greyson and Taylor’s reading had plateaued. Their parents noticed it initially in their end of year homeschool testing, particularly in the comprehension sections. When doing schoolwork, their mom noticed that though they appeared to be reading ok, their understanding of what they had read didn’t match up. And spelling was a major struggle.

Through Easyread, they discovered the missing link causing both of these issues. The boys were reading from context, rather than decoding, which affected both comprehension and spelling ability. The daily lessons taught them to slow down and decode each word, rather than guess. The rhyming and nonsense words exercises within the lessons proved how weak their decoding skills really were, though that strengthened over time on Easyread and by the end they could both read nonsense words with ease. Very exciting!

Another major component was the eye-strengthening exercise the Easyread team prescribed; it helped tremendously, and had an immediate effect on their reading.

Since Easyread, Greyson and Taylor have seen signficant improvements. Their mother has noticed that their comprehension has clearly progressed – they now understand what they read! And their ability to communicate answers to questions, both orally and written, has improved. Learning new spelling words is easier now as well. When they come across a long and difficult word in reading, they have the confidence to tackle it instead of guess or rush through it.

Their mom says: “As a parent, I learned a lot from you about how students struggle with reading and what to do about it. Thank you for the online seminars/workshops that you offer parents. Also, I greatly appreciated the emails and phone calls from your staff. The boys enjoyed all the prizes you sent our way and especially the helicopter at the end. They are loving it!”

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Breakthrough Reader of February 2017

by Sarah Forrest || 22 Feb 2017

Addison came to Easyread having struggled for 4 years in school with learning to read. At age 8, she was diagnosed with a vision issue and was prescribed strong glasses… which explained quite a bit of her confusion during the early years. But at that age, her confidence was at zero, which made re-learning reading and spelling a stressful challenge. She confused b/d, sounded out a word correctly but then pronounced a completely different word, and struggled to read basic instructions for things like math problems. She would often figure out a word in one sentence, and then fail to recognize it in the very next sentence. The whole process was becoming a massive frustration.

Her mother discovered Easyread online, and during the first few lessons Addison’s confidence started to grow. A short two months later, we received a glowing report from her mom. After just 60 lessons, Addison was approaching grade level in reading for the first time ever. She was even volunteering to read in class, which was a huge surprise to everyone! She no longer panicked when struggling with a word; she started reading books on her own – even signs on the road when out in the car. Perhaps one of the most meaningful changes was in her self-esteem. Both her parents noticed a tremendous confidence boost, with her mother telling us recently: “her dad and I are completely blown away by it!”

We love watching Addison’s progress. She’s still going strong on the lessons… and we can’t wait to see how she’ll be flying with her reading over the next weeks and months!

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Swedish Princess Madeleine Writes Children’s Book for Dyslexics

Dyslexia runs in the Swedish royal family, with Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip, and Princess Madeleine all formally diagnosed with a reading difficulty.

The youngest of the three children of the king lives in London with her British husband and two children, where dyslexia is a cause close to her heart.

Princess Madeleine has recently announced a new endeavor – a children’s book written with reading difficulties in mind. Though not yet published, she promises one thing to future readers: it will be fun!

http://people.com/royals/princess-madeleine-who-copes-with-dyslexia-to-write-childrens-book/

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Showcasing dyslexic artists

by Sarah Forrest || 15 Feb 2017

There is a common misconception that all children with dyslexia diagnoses are natural fine artists.

Though advanced visual-spatial skills are certainly a hallmark, they don’t always translate into drawing ability! Some children are master tinkerers, or builders, or mathematicians (a more visual-based study than you might first think) – our future architects and inventors.

But sometimes, that creative streak really does lead them to pursue artistic passion.

Artists Rachel Deane, Jeff Thomson and Ash Casper are three dyslexic artists working in different mediums. Take a look!

http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/arts/89445875/artist-jeff-thomson-has-his-dyslexia-ironed-out

http://cargocollective.com/racheldeane

http://ashcasper.com/

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Cycle of positiveness…

This is so encouraging. Brenna was really proud and the positive reinforcement of hearing from you how well she is doing just blossomed in her. She was quite cute when we talked after! Our joke continues that we are doing brain surgery and messing with her brain!!! Great things are happening for her, and she knows it as well, which continues the cycle of positiveness.

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Breakthrough Reader of January 2017

by Sarah Forrest || 10 Feb 2017

Laurie started the program in the bottom of his class for reading, having failed his Year 1 phonics test twice. Despite enjoying a bedtime story every night for years, he was easily frustrated when trying to read on his own. He was beginning to struggle with low confidence and self-esteem around school work.

By Lesson 90, things were looking very different for Laurie. He began to progress leaps and bounds – sometimes every week felt like a step forward! His decoding, blending, and reading speed had all improved. After the support team pinpointed Laurie’s eye-tracking weakness, he significantly improved his tracking through the prescribed exercises. This not only contributed to his reading improvement, but will help in all of his schoolwork.

We are so proud of everything Laurie has accomplished so far. And we can’t wait to see how much more he improves in the coming months! Awesome job, Laurie! You are an Easyread star…

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Fluency improved greatly

I really like this program. I have noticed already that my daughter Eva, has tried to read various things on her own, when before the program she wanted nothing to do with trying to read. She will read random words while we are out at the store and find a sentence or two someplace to try and read. Her fluency on the smaller words has improved greatly. I have recommended this program to several other people and I do hope they try it out. I would like if she could use the typing game more frequently to help improve her typing skills. Other than that I do not have any suggested improvements at this time.

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