Famous Dyslexics: Artist Uses Dyslexia to Create Soundscapes

Charlie Burgin is an electronica music creator from California who goes by the cryptic name Sahy Uhns.


Nobody can pronounce it… and Burgin gets a kick out of that because he is dyslexic.

“I’m severely dyslexic,” Burgin confesses…So one of his goals in choosing the name — which, by the way, is pronounced “science” — was “imposing dyslexia on everyone else.”

His music is a blend of digital soundscapes, dance beats, and scientific experimentation. He often uses broken or ancient equipment to create unique sounds that no other recording artist can produce with their more cutting edge technology.

DSCN0462Sarah Forrest is a Literacy Specialist for the Easyread System, an online program for children with reading difficulties. Get a free 10-day trial at www.easyreadsystem.com 

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Tearful to think Easyread is ending!

hi David and everyone at Easyread,
Reana has finally finished the course and we actually cheered when we realised it was the last lesson, but it’s been such an experience doing this together and persevering despite all the ups and downs over the last year and a half. I felt quite tearful to think this is the end. Reana continues to make great progress with her reading, thank you to everyone,

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Can’t sing your praises enough!

Cameron is excelling marvelously in his reading abilities. We are practicing sight words every day, as well as reading independently/being “around a book” for 30 minutes and being read to for 15 minutes and reading to someone for 15 minutes daily. We are progressing with fluency – right now it’s stop and start. I also have assigned him ten spelling words a week from the Dolch and Fry Word lists, which we review daily. I think it was the best decision we could have made to homeschool him. He’s literally breezing through Easyread and loves to do it every evening. I couldn’t sing your praises more than I currently am doing! Four months and what a difference, both in confidence and reading capabilities! He’s amazing both me and his dad.

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TES recommends phonics in secondary low-attainers

The Times Educational Supplement has recommended use of primary-level phonics to help low-attaining secondary students.


This is wonderful news for us here at Easyread, as it confirms our current approach in the secondary setting. We are currently running a large pilot trial at the Cherwell School in Oxford, and so far, the results have been very encouraging!

These struggling readers need a back-to-basics approach that re-teaches them what they may have missed in early educational years.

DSCN0462Sarah Forrest is a Literacy Specialist for the Easyread System, an online phonics-based intervention program for struggling readers. Get a free 10-day trial at www.easyreadsystem.com

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Update from Tom’s secondary school report!

I have been meaning to email you to update you on Tom’s progress.  All is going well in secondary school. His school operates the Accelerated Reader Programme and when he took a test at the start of the school year he faired pretty well – he certainly wasn’t bottom of his class! The results determine the “band” of books they are able to take out. At the end of a book the child takes a short online test to check how much they have remembered and the school looks to them to get 80%+. Tom is finally making sensible choices – he has read 5 or 6 books since the start of the school year and happily now reads before going to sleep. At Christmas he was given a Certificate for Best Attitude to Learning in Your ARP Class and was chuffed to bits!

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My, have we turned a corner!

Hi Sarah,

I just wanted to give you a bit of feedback.

We spoke a few weeks ago and did a Skype lesson because I was concerned about Damian regressing. He was guessing and reading very slowly, and losing interest too.

My, have we turned a corner! Since changing to a lighter coloured background, and since returning to school after the summer break, his reading has really taken off. He guesses perhaps one word each lesson and has become very quick at decoding in games. I also notice that he is instantly recognising words that he previously had to work hard to decode. It is so nice to see.

Most importantly though, he is enjoying the daily lessons again!

Thanks again for everything.

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Reading finally getting easier!

You will also be happy to know that since our lengthy break over the Christmas holidays
here in Australia, S’s reading seems to have improved a lot and she is
finding the reading each day much easier – FINALLY !!!!  Though we still
have a way to go it is nice to feel she is making headway.

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James’ Easyread Journey

We started 7 months ago when he had been static at school for a good 3 months with teacher – not the sharpest knife in the drawer – mystified as to the reason. Equally so was I. Within a week of starting Easyread it became incredibly obvious that this system would work. We have certainly had some tough times, mainly in getting him to concentrate, and trying to eliminate external issues that made it harder to do. But we plugged away, although I have to say it was sheer bloodymindedness on my part that kept us going – and I think it was only 3 months in when he started rapidly gaining levels.

I think the key to its success is that it manages to reverse ingrained behaviour without looking like it is doing so. James was a prolific and quite skilled guesser. He had only been in school a year but had obviously (now) effectively stopped learning some time before that, since every second word was guessed when I knew what I was looking for. Easyread managed to stop him doing that and learn to accurately sound out. It also picked up eyetracking issues that neither I nor teacher had ever noticed. Fixing that made a big difference. The duration is key also as I’m certain he couldn’t concentrate beyond 15 mins. The prizes and certificates, not to mention David’s “congrats” messages when moving levels, made him quite proud I think and definitely more confident. Before this I had been saying things like, well, maybe reading’s not your thing, but you are good at maths. Now I can say both. The feedback and support at your end are exactly what is required to tailor the course for each child. (there is a big scandal in NZ right now with another online course called CAMI which costs something like 10k and is rubbish)

All in all I am grateful beyond words as we have started a new school year with him on par with his classmates and able to progress according to his own ability, which is considerable. This obviously held him back last year: but a busy parent can easily be fooled by an enterprising and intelligent child. So thanks again. I am recommending you guys to all!

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Comprehension and attitude improvements

Thank you for helping Elijah with his reading over this past year. I have seen a good deal of improvement in comprehension and attitude toward reading. Elijah would like to continue with Easy read for a while if there are more stories available. The characters really help him in decoding more difficult words and to keep from guessing.

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