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looking for good at-home learning program for dyslexia


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Joined: Oct 05, 2008
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Posted Jan 24, 2009 at 7:17:55 PM
Subject: looking for good at-home learning program for dyslexia

Anyone know of a good at-home learning program or on-line games that will help my 10-year old improve his reading and multiplication skills? The school isn't doing much to help him and I know he is capable if given a chance to learn the way HIS brain requires. He struggles with memorization of vocabulary and multiplication tables, which results in poor reading and math skills. If there is something out there that would teach him using visual or a hands-on system, he would learn easier.

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scifinut
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Posted:Jan 25, 2009 12:22:19 AM

I really like Touchmath for those who are more visual/kinestetic learners. My daughter (dyslexia/dyscalculia) still hasn't been able to memorize above 4's in multiplication but with the Touchmath she has access to those facts. http://www.touchmath.com

scifinut mom to: ms 16, bp/adhd/anxiety/complex ld mr. 20, add/dyslexic I hear and I forget I see and I remember I do and I understand. -Anonymous

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Garrett's mom
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Posted:Jan 25, 2009 2:37:00 PM

Thanks. I'll go online and look into that program. My son hasn't even memorized all of his 2's and those he seems to learn one day, he doesn't remember the next. Thanks again.

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dhfl143
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Posted:Jan 25, 2009 8:02:45 PM

For reading take a look at the following web site for general information about dyslexia:

www.brightsolutions.us

For a specific program that can be used at home, take a look at www.bartonreading.com

As far as math goes, I would suggest that you find a tutor that is trained in Making Math Real, which is a multi-sensory scaffolded instruction for math.

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Tara from Florida
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Posted:Jan 27, 2009 12:51:04 AM

Hi. I am a homeschool mom who had a child who could read but couldn’t spell. Turns out she presented this was because she had a gifted memory so had been memorizing words. The problem was she couldn't sound out a single simple word she had yet to memorize and couldn't spell the simplest of words even with many repetitions and her memory.

We found out she had an auditory analysis problem. In short she couldn't "hear" the individual sounds that made up the words. She heard words as solid sounds, making spelling and sounding out next to impossible.

If you think of dyslexia as a computer and its programming, the analogy would run something like this: The hard drive in a dyslexic (translation auditory analysis skills in a large portion) is equivalent to Windows 95 while the programming (spelling and decoding skills – AKA sound and code phonics skills) are designed for Windows Vista. No matter how often you “install” the program (phonics), the limitations of the hard drive will prevent the program from running effectively. To get the program to run you must first upgrade the hard drive. In cognitive skills that would mean repairing and upgrading the auditory analysis skills first and then re-introducing from scratch the phonics sounds and their codes.

We enrolled our daughter in a program called PACE (Processing and Cognitive Enhancement) and had great success. This program uses the science of neural plasticity. A fancy way of saying that new neural pathways are created by doing specific activities that force set neurons to work. Making the neurons work in a way that is intense, with increased complexity, for a certain length of time (duration) and frequency will make the neurons connect through the synapses to other neurons with which there were heretofore not connected. It is a simple case of “the neurons that fire together, wire together”. I was so impressed with the program, and even more so with the results, that I became a trainer myself. My hope was to make the home study program they had well known and available to as many as possible. Unfortunately they phased out the homestudy program not long after I became trained.

Shortly thereafter, they started the development of an online home training program. The initial version did not address auditory at all. I was recently contacted by the software developer as he knew of my interest in helping get a program like this into as many homes as possible to help as many kids as possible. He let me know that they added an auditory component and has asked me to help market the product, especially to the homeschool crowd.

I have had the pleasure of being able to really evaluate this program in its current state. I am very impressed and see huge potential here. My daughter, who is now 9, loves it and informs me that she would willingly work the program for the recommended protocol times (1 hour per day, 5-6 days per week for approximately 12 weeks). Even though she went through PACE there are skills addressed that we never attained two years ago when she finished the trainer driven program so she will be able to put her words into action!

The auditory approach is not to teach reading at this stage, but rather to upgrade the auditory analysis hard drive component of the brain. It does this by introducing up to 17 sounds and 18 codes for those sounds. Breaking them into their smallest “sound bites” and then building up from there, as well as then breaking larger groupings of sounds down to their smallest element. This is the essence of spelling and reading – segmenting and blending.

Once the brain is upgraded, then a straight forward reintroduction of the phonics sounds can be done in rather short order. I say that, because the program also works on other underlying learning skills that make learning easier and more enjoyable. This includes, processing speed, visual processing, working memory, and logic and reasoning skills (executive functioning skills). These skills will go a long way in making the learning and remembering of vocabulary words and multiplication far easier. You may want to backtrack a little on the math and reintroduce some items again to see if they “stick” better after the training. We did this and it was very beneficial as my daughter was using rote memory to do the work. She hadn’t really understood the strategies or concepts. After training she had many “ah ha!” moments and she surpassed her original skill level in short order and has not struggled since..

There are 10 activities in the program, each with increasing challenges and complexity. The degree of difficulty only goes up as the student masters the earlier levels. The students work on auditory every day and rotate through the other activities. The programming sets up times for each activity to ensure a good balance and adequate variety to keep the student’s attention.

There is a pre-program skills assessment available; which can also be used as a post-program evaluation for improvement. With this option, your will also be able to track your student’s work and progress. I will be offering supplemental training on a consultation basis at a family’s request. This consultation option will enhance and even already great program, by targeting additional areas of the brain while performing the very same activities.

The cost of the program is as follows:
A single user access for a 12 month subscription - $495
Additional users subscriptions purchased concurrently receive a 20% discount
Each evaluation test (you may want 2 so you can do a before and after) run $29.95
I understand there is a bulk purchase discount for this as well, but will check on that.

I am in the process of updating my web site, adding in links, graphics and so forth to make this program available. I anticipate having everything up and running by February 10th at the latest.

If you would like further information about this program, please feel free to call or email me. If you call and it goes to voice mail, please let me know you are calling about the online cognitive skills program and that you heard about it on this forum. I will return your call within short order. As I am a night owl, please include a “call no later than” time so I can respect your boundaries.

I wish you and your child all the best, whether you choose this program or go with something else.

Sincerely,

Tara Jenner
The Brain Trainers
http://www.thebraintrainers.net
239-218-4307


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