Restoring my faith that he will read!

N is positive about the programme and we have seen his confidence grow as he becomes more familiar with the characters. He has been amazed by the words he has been able to read with the character support.

N has battled through so many programmes over the years but none have given him hope like Easyread has. He can now imagine that perhaps one day in the future he will be able to read.

As a parent watching a child work so hard for so many years and yet get nothing back for the effort is heart breaking. Because of our experience with 2 Dyslexic boys I have become very skeptical of programmes but Easyread is slowly restoring some faith. I to have hope that N will read sometime in the future.

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Famous Dyslexics: Former Google CIO Douglas Merrill

Entrepreneur, cognitive scientist, and former Google CIO Douglas Merrill has a long list of career exploits behind him… and he’s only in his mid-40s!


Merrill struggled with dyslexia as a child, likely due to poor hearing between the ages of 3 and 6 (he had an auditory nerve infection). As we regularly experience through helping children on the Easyread course, hearing difficulties in toddler years often lead to speech and literacy issues later on.

His mother spent countless hours helping him through grade school mathematics and English. He managed to graduate high school at age 16, and later went on to get his PhD in psychology from Princeton University!

“I think the times that my mother spent teaching me math, over and over again, is probably the most significant.  However, I also had several professors at college who let me tweak the assignments in odd ways to suit my learning.  For example, I wrote fiction stories to address topics like anomie in sociology, rather than dry papers with loads of references.  The fiction was easier for me to pull together, as I kept getting the footnotes in a traditional paper confused.  I’ve found over the years that solving problems in unusual ways to avoid the dyslexia-induced limitations has been key.”

After leaving Google’s executive team, he went on serve as president of EMI Music digital, before launching his own online loans business for the underbanked called Zest Finance.

Read his fascinating story here: 

DSCN0462Sarah Forrest is Program Manager of the Easyread System, an online course for children with dyslexia, reading and spelling difficulties, and more. Get a free trial at


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What Might Dyslexia Feel Like?

It’s a plain fact of life that we can never get inside anyone else’s head… and that’s probably a good thing!

But what might it feel like to have dyslexia?

Designer (and dyslexic) Daniel Britton recently put together a project to show the confusion – and perhaps occasional terror – that dyslexics can experience when looking at a piece of text.

Key to note here is that he is not trying to represent what words visually look like to dyslexics – most children with reading difficulty have no problem recognizing letters. Rather, Britton is trying to help others experience the emotional strain that struggling readers can face.

“What I wanted to do was recreate or simulate the emotions of reading with dyslexia to try and put across how frustrating it is to try and read something simple.”

Take a look!

DSCN0462Sarah Forrest is a Program Manager for the Easyread System, an online course for children struggling with dyslexia, reading difficulties, auditory processing issues and more. 


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Famous Dyslexics: Owner of ‘the most romantic hotel in Britain’, Stephen Hargreaves

It’s not your typical claim to fame. Hotelier and dyslexic Stephen Hargreaves can boast that he owns ‘the most romantic hotel in Britain’! Hargreaves and his wife bought The Cranleigh at Lake Windermere nearly 10 years ago, and totally transformed it into the couples’ mecca it is today.

In a recent interview, Hargreaves discussed his dyslexia and how he became a hotel genius.

He struggled in school and couldn’t wait to leave.

“I was in the bottom set for everything at school … I guess it’s given me that drive. I’m dyslexic and I still can’t read or write very well but I think, after having spoken to a few others who have the condition, it allows you to possibly think about things in a different way – and maybe that’s helped me when it comes to my business sense.”

He spent a few years in car sales before launching his first entrepreneurial endeavour – a property business in the Lake District. He remembers the value of learning by making mistakes — he spent 8 years building up his business skills before investing in the Cranleigh.

And his success hasn’t ended there. He’s since opened a second award-winning hotel that has snagged the Best in Britain title, and has plans for a restaurant and bar expansion.

Want a sneak peak at some of the Cranleigh’s funky rooms? Check out these pictures!

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

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Now at expected level for reading!

Finn is coming along really well with his reading. He started this programme with no confidence, and a lot of negativity about reading. He still struggles a little with the need for repetition for fluency, but is happy decoding and loves the games. His recent SAT results and in class checks from his teacher show he is now at an age expected level for reading, and is able to decode almost anything at home with me. That’s a huge leap from where he started just a few months ago.

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Stanford study shows letter-to-sound matching is crucial

alphabet-blocks-198x300In a recent study at Stanford University, literate adults were taught how to read in a new alphabet of letter characters. Half were taught using a letter-to-sound matching method (phonics), and the other half were taught using whole word sight-memorisation, over a period of weeks. They were then asked to read words from this new alphabet while under a brain scan.

Their scientific conclusions?

“Overall, relative to approaches that promote memorization of the spelling patterns of entire words, sublexical phonics-based strategies yield superior reading acquisition outcomes according to behavioral cognitive psychology meta-analyses and systematic investigations of curriculum effects.”

Translation: phonics wins the day. The left hemisphere letter-to-sound matching process that we exercise in the Easyread program is totally crucial to sustainable reading development in children.

See the full article here:

DSCN0462Sarah Forrest is a Programme Manager for the Easyread System, an online course for struggling readers and spellers. Easyread uses this letter-to-sound matching approach through the Trainertext Method. To find out more, visit

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