Finding the cause of reading struggles can make all the difference

When we started the reading today and it was a white screen with black letters Ryan immediately said he couldn’t see the words. He started to squint and to get closer to the screen to see. I asked him if he wanted me to change the background color as soon as I changed it to grey he was able to read the story.

When we finished today I pulled out several different books and had him try to move his finger along the words in the proper order. He immediately started to rub his eyes and said he couldn’t see the words and it made his eyes hurt which made his brain hurt. I had a blue overlay that I put over the words and he was able to not only follow the words on the page but he was also able to pick out words on the page. We tried this with several books with the same results each time.

I must tell you how awesome this is! In the past he would have gotten frustrated and then gotten mad and said he would never be able to read, there would have been tears. For the first time he was able to communicate to me what the issue was and to ask me to correct it before frustration set in. He went through the books and overlays with me in front of his big brother which in the past would have caused him to be very angry as his brother is a good reader. When his brother asked him why he he was trying the overlays he told him the black words on the white page hurts my head but if I do it with the blue I can see the words and read them! His confidence and belief in himself and his ability to do this has soared! Thank you so much for the work and time you have put in to this program. It is so awesome to see Ryan finally believing in himself!

Thank you!


Coloured overlays help readers with contrast sensitivity

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Already seeing a change at lesson 40

A sat a STAR test at school yesterday (tests reading, vocabulary and comprehension). The test is out of 9, 5 is the average and at the start of the year he got 3. In yesterday’s test (which is for the next grade up, for some reason) he got a 5! The teacher was so excited she sent us an email at home!

Thought I’d pass on the positive news :-)

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This program has made a WORLD of difference

This program has made a world of difference in [D's] reading! He has transitioned from such a painfully struggling reader to a confident and fairly accurate reader. He still struggles with spelling and writing, but now we have a foundation on which to continue building. I thought the Spell race was helpful, especially when he was spelling phrases. The writing lab seemed to reinforce his common mistakes. Thank you so much for your help!

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Build Your Child’s Vocab through Bedtime Stories

Here at Easyread, we are often posed the question “Should I still be reading to my child whilst they are doing the programme?”

Our response? “Yes, it’s great if you can.

We are all for continuing to read to your child whilst they are doing Easyread – the only thing we are hesitant about is asking children to do extra reading practice on top of the built-in reading activities.

Reading to your child not only opens up a world of pure imagination (name that film!), but also increases your child’s vocabulary, according to a recent article published on the New York Times.

“Books contain a more diverse set of words than child-directed speech,” said the lead author, Jessica Montag, an assistant research psychologist at the University of California, Riverside. “This would suggest that children who are being read to by caregivers are hearing vocabulary words that kids who are not being read to are probably not hearing.”

You can continue reading the full article here.

-       Maddie

Getty Images photo taken from Bedtime Stories for Young Brains

Getty Images photo taken from Bedtime Stories for Young Brains

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He has basically improved an entire grade level in his reading in just 4 months!

I have noticed this summer that A is really picking up on his reading and I can tell he is pretty proud of himself. He has basically improved an entire grade level in his reading in just 4 months. He is home-schooled this year in addition to 8 hours per week of a private tutor.

His tutor shared with me today that while reading a particularly challenging book, he was very impressed with how A broke the word down and sounded out each individual part of the word until he mastered it. This tutor is not familiar with the Easy Read program but he said he had never seen a child work so hard to break down a word. I just wanted you guys to know this and that we are extremely happy with his progress so far!

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Amazing Naplan Results

I will also let you know that Sophie has received her Naplan results – which are very controversial in Australia – but we are very, very happy with her results. She has achieved above both the school and national average for her age in reading, persuasive writing and numeracy. She is way below on spelling and grammar, but we are slowly working on those areas as well so hopefully we can help her with those. It is great to see that the efforts she and her support team (Mum, Dad, Brother, Tutor and teachers) have made are paying off for her.
Thanks for a great program !
One happy mum.

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He’s more confident, he’s happier and is more willing to read

We have found [Easyread] absolutely amazing. The difference in F’s reading is unbelievable. He’s more confident, he’s happier and is more willing to read. He’s even been known to pick up a book and read it without being asked, simply because he wants to. I can’t believe the difference that Easyread has made. I can’t thank you enough.

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Famous Dyslexics: Carly Simon’s Dyslexia ‘Cool Club’!

Singer-songwriter and Grammy Hall of Famer Carly Simon is best known for her hit singles “You’re So Vain”, “Let the River Run”, and “Nobody Does It Better” – the latter written for a James Bond film.

She’s also a big advocate for children and adults with dyslexia, because both she and her two grown children have struggled with reading difficulties over the years.

637px-Carly_Simon_-_1978Simon grew up in New York City, and her difficulties started early on. Along with her reading difficulty, she developed a stutter at age 8 and turned to music to help find her voice. When she sang, the stammer disappeared!

She still remembers the emotional struggles of those early school years…

“Being embarrassed at school is a terrible thing…when your peers are making fun of you because they can’t understand what wonderful whimsy your mind may be making up and going through,” she said in an NPR interview recently. “While they’re just going 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10, you’re going 1-2-4-5-7-8-9-3!”

Both of her adult children from her marriage to musician James Taylor have a dyslexia diagnosis too. But Carly Simon saw things differently than other parents might.

Her daughter Sally Taylor described her mother’s reaction to the news that she had dyslexia.

“She just said, ‘Congratulations, this is fantastic, and welcome to the family. We’re all dyslexic therefore we’re all going to understand each other better now…Welcome to the cool club!’”

DSCN0462Sarah Forrest is Programme Manager for the Easyread System, an online program for children struggling with reading and spelling, dyslexia, and more. Get a free 10-day trial at

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