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I am 20 years old and have had trouble reading all of my life. I read on a 4th grade level. Can I use this program at home on my computer and learn to read? Guest

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Yes. My husband, who is 53, has been using this program for nearly a month and I have seen great progress with him. He was sick alot when he was a child and missed a lot of school and then when he got on into the later years he was just passed through which was so common back then. Then he dropped out of school in the 10th grade. But, it was hard for him with jobs all these years. He knew enough reading to get by. And fake anything else if he had to. And of course he is embarressed and ashamed because he thought he was just stupid. But, lately with the economy and the jobs not so easy to get and the companies doing alot of lean management classes. He felt he needed to do something about it. For years he would ask me about words and say why is it spelled that way or why is it pronounced that way. And because I took reading for granted I could only tell him "because thats just the way it is." I had forgotten all the fundamentals of reading myself because it came so natural to me. He still has a long way to go. But, he is learning something everyday. After the first couple of days he looked at me and said "I really didn't know some of this stuff. And it is making sense now." He loves he can do it at his own pace at home, and no one else needs to know about it. I definatley am not a teacher type. but, it has also helped for when times he is a bit stumped, we will go through it together and talk things over so that maybe I can help him through it. I really encourage to trust in at least one person for support. I think it helps with the confidence when you can talk to someone especially if you do great on a test and want to brag a bit about it. Good Luck. Guest


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I use Reading Horizons with my young children just learning to read, as well as the computer version with a 29 year old woman whose second language is English, and never learned to read phonetically. Before she started, she probably read at about a 3rd or 4th grade level as well. As we progressed through the program and she learned the phonetic rules, she would comment, "Oh, so that's why that word says that!" I think the computer program would be a huge help to you. It is not necessary to have someone help you with it, although as another gal responded, it is helpful to have someone that you can ask questions of if you are stuck on something. The presentation is simple, yet not juvenile. If you take full advantage of the different ways to practice with the computer version, I think you will be amazed at how quickly you learn. Honestly, the gal I tutor's biggest challenge is breaking her old habits of guessing at words that she doesn't know. I suspect that might be a challenge for any adult who has learned to compensate for their poor reading skills. She knows how to sound out any word now, and only has to fight the tendency to guess rather than do the work of applying the rules she has learned. You can do this! You'll never be sorry that you invested the time in yourself to improve your reading skills. Go for it! Bev


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Yes, this program was designed to help struggling readers. The software is teaching software and takes you all through the lessons teaching all the 42 sounds of the alphabet and teaches 5 phonetic skills to prove the vowel sounds in words and 2 decoding skills to break words into syllables. This program is Orton-Gillingham based, which means it is systematic and multi-sensory so it will teach to all the modalities: you will see it, hear it and interact with the words in a kinesthetic way. The software is designed to allow you to work at home, independently and at your own pace. Those who complete the program are gaining 2-5 reading grade levels. That means if you start the program reading at a 4th grade level, you should jump to at least a 6th grade level, most likely a 9th grade level. I have seen this program work wonders for adults. There is hope and help! Most importantly know that your struggles with reading have nothing to do with your intelligence, research has proven that. You simply need to be taught systematic, explicit phonics in a way your brain learns. Please let me know if I can be of any help to you. You can call into the office (1-800-705-6568) and ask for Shantell. I can answer any other questions or help you order the software. Good luck! Shantell


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