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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Dyslexic literature student at Cambridge University explains her love of books

by Sarah Forrest || 07 Feb 2017

In a fascinating recent article, British student Holly Platt-Higgins describes how she didn’t pick up a book to read on her own until the age of 14. And yet, how 6 years later, she studies Great Books at one of the finest institutions in the world: Cambridge University.

I won’t spoil the article for you – please read it for yourself – but loved her closing quote:

I accepted that I approach language in a different way to other people, but that that doesn’t make me any less worthy of a relationship with it. I think that’s when I stopped caring about being dyslexic…

Click to read the full article: https://www.varsity.co.uk/features/11861

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Breakthrough Readers of December 2016

Sarah Forrest || 31 January 2016

Nathaniel

Before Easyread, Nathaniel was delayed in his speech. He had tubes to drain ear fluid when he was 4 and had speech therapy starting a year before that. By 5th Grade, he was still behind in grade level but engaged well in the classroom. He had accommodations set up for him to allow him to read out loud otherwise he could not comprehend what he read. He had to use his finger to read otherwise he would skip words or lines. He would guess words based on the first letter, or insert words that weren’t even there. And his spelling was, as his mother put it, horrible! Even though he aced his weekly spelling tests, his writing was illegible. His parents were so frustrated by the school’s lack of helpful insight, and that no one could understand him. When they found our website, they were amazed to read an exact description of their son! And to final get an explanation for WHY Nathaniel was struggling.

A few months into Easyread, Nathaniel had reached the top level in the reading assessor internal to the program. He was reading longer stories fluently and enjoying the context even. He had mastered simple decoding and was progressing to good comprehension. A life change is in the works for wonderful Nathaniel!

Yuri

Yuri could not remember his letters before starting Easyread, though some basic words like ‘son’ or ‘dog’ he could recall from memory. If asked to write a g, he would maybe attempt a d or p. He was strong in math, and loved Lego – he had good visual-spatial skills in that way. But with English as a second language, he was very sensitive about struggling and easily frustrated when he couldn’t do anything.

Around Lesson 180, we heard the following:

“In the last month, Yuri’s reading is so good I’m amazed! I’m so happy that he can read, even slowly. He bought his own book yesterday!”

Marquez

Before Easyread, Marquez exhibited the classic signs of what we call “Optilexia”, or whole word sight-reading. When his parents stumbled across our website, they couldn’t believe how we were exactly describing their son! His spelling was horrendous; his reading was lagging, choppy, and very inconsistent especially with short words. He flipped the beginning sounds of words, struggled to decode, and yet could read long words without a problem by sight-recognition. In his homeschooling lessons, he was advanced in math and science, but needed to be read to in language-heavy subjects like social studies or language arts.

A few months later, we heard the following report:

“Thank you thank you! We are forever grateful! Marquez just picked up his first chapter book of his choice, to read for pleasure, and hardly gets stuck on any words (well, it’s Harry Potter so needs help with some of the more magical ones 🙂 ) and we owe it to this program! We recommend it to everyone we know who has a child struggling to read. Thank you so much!”

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