Famous Dyslexics: Robin Williams

The late Robin Williams, a comedian and actor who took the world by storm with his antics and wit, struggled with dyslexia.

Robin_Williams_2011a_(2)As a young child, Williams struggled to learn to read and write.

He joked about his literacy difficulties in an interview with Johnny Carson:

“I suffer from severe dyslexia,” Williams said. “I was the only child on my block on Halloween to go ‘trick or trout’ … Here comes that young Williams boy. Better get some fish.”

Although initially a shy child, once he discovered drama at high school he blossomed. He was on multiple athletic teams and was elected class president.

He studied acting at Juilliard but left in his junior year at the suggestion of one of his professors, who said there was nothing more to teach him! His teachers have since said that Williams was “a genius” – and anyone who has seen him perform would have to agree.

DSCN0462Sarah Forrest is a Reading Specialist for the Easyread System, an online course for children with dyslexia, reading difficulties, guessing habits and more. www.easyreadsystem.com

 

 

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The High Cost of Dyslexia

Did you read this recent article about one mother’s fight to get her son reading?

When Zachary was in 2nd Grade, he was already falling behind in his reading. He was diagnosed with dyslexia.

His mother hired a dyslexia tutor who worked with him 3 times a week, for 1 hour at a time, for 3 years. The cost per hour was $120.

Let us do the math for you…

That’s $56,160 total.

The good news is that Zachary is now reading at age level, in 5th Grade.

But it certainly does put Easyread’s $198 monthly subscription into stark perspective. That monthly cost covers:

  • 31 daily lessons
  • unlimited coaching and support from the Easyread team
  • prizes through the post for the learner
  • an online parent training suite
  • free bonus downloads and games
  • support for eye-tracking difficulties
  • a 90-lesson refund success guarantee

We know that solutions that actually work cost money to produce and maintain. They can’t always be handed out for free. And we’re so glad Zachary is now reading. But we wish his mother could have spent 9 months on our program for the same results, spending $198 a month for Easyread compared to $1560 a month for dyslexia tutoring!

DSCN0462Sarah Forrest is a Reading Specialist for the Easyread System, a highly effective solution for children with dyslexia, reading difficulties, auditory processing issues and more. Try a free 10-day trial at www.easyreadsystem.com

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I feel so happy

I feel so happy to be on 4. I worked so hard with my mom. My teacher says I am improving in class with reading and science and social studies. The lessons are hard and easy. The lessons help a lot with reading improvement. I would tell other people about easy read because it helps a lot and it is fun. My friend and family is happy.

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Kids’ Breakfasts: Around the World

The New York Times recently published a fascinating article on what children all around the world eat for breakfast. The best part is that they’ve put together a collage of images from the breakfast table… it is simply fantastic!

Whether you are committed to cereal, toast, porridge, or a full English, you will love scrolling through this article.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/08/magazine/eaters-all-over.html?_r=4

Let us know what your kids eat for breakfast!

DSCN0462Sarah Forrest is a toast and eggs lover, and also a Reading Specialist for the Easyread System. Easyread is an online program for children with reading difficulties due to guessing, visual learning styles, dyslexia, auditory processing disorders and more. www.easyreadsystem.com

 

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We never thought this was possible!

Just wanted to give you an update on Jamie. Over the summer he attended summer school where they identified he is now only 6 months below his reading age. But the most exciting thing for us and Jamie is that he is actually enjoying reading, something we never thought possible. He loves reading books and comics online. We definitely put this down to the work he did with easyread. Thanks you so much. It’s so wonderful to see.

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Rarely makes a mistake now.

I feel it is going well. Amalie is reading everything well in the programme including the story. If she fluffs a word she knows to reread as many times as it takes to read it correctly. That said she rarely makes a mistake. I can see an improvement in recognising the importance of syllables from beginning to end. In other reading material she still has a habit of putting little extra words and still gets overwhelmed or brainfreeze as she calls it when presented with more complex words like,’ independence’ or ‘eruption’. But all in all I can see greater confidence and a better understanding of how words are composed. PS A fart machine would be a major source of excitement and hilarity in this house. Yes please!

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