Does Your Child or Loved One
Struggle with Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a neurological, language-based learning disability. If your child or loved one struggles with dyslexia, it can be difficult to know how to get them the reading help they need. Not only because you may not know how to help them, but also because they are often resistant to help. Having struggled with reading for so long, they often feel inferior to their peers and can doubt their own intelligence—making it difficult to get them excited about learning to read.
Below you will hear some stories that provide a glimpse into the challenges faced by those who struggle with dyslexia. As you will see, dyslexia can be overcome. With a structured literacy approach, struggling readers can learn to read and build their confidence.
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Of course, just as is the case with your child or loved one, these individuals have so much to offer. They have a unique way of looking at the world and are often creative problem solvers. Unfortunately, many dyslexic people lose sight of their strengths by focusing on their inability to read. Luckily, research has found that those with dyslexia can find reading success—they just need a specific type of instruction that helps them build new brain connections that allow them to make sense of the English language.
“Dyslexia is not a disease to have and to be cured of, but a way of thinking and learning. Often it’s a gifted mind waiting to be found and taught.” –Girard Sagmiller, “Dyslexia My Life”
Yale researchers, Drs. Sally Shaywitz and Bennet Shaywitz, have shown that when people with dyslexia and other processing disorders try to read, a front part of the brain is over-stimulated while crucial portions in the center and back are under-stimulated. The diagrams at right show stimulated areas of the brain during reading:
If individuals are taught in the way their brains learn, they can become proficient in the necessary language-based skills (i.e., speaking, reading, spelling, and writing) for success in school, work, and life.
Research has shown that individuals with dyslexia must receive explicit, sequential, systematic, and multi-sensory Orton-Gillingham-based reading instruction to find success. This is what their brains need. This is the way their brains learn.
How Can Reading Horizons Help?
Reading Horizons is a research-based methodology that teaches foundational language skills in an explicit, systematic, sequential, and multi-sensory fashion. The program provides individuals with proven, Orton-Gillingham-based reading strategies from the most basic foundational skills through all of the five pillars of reading (i.e., phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension).
Reading Horizons helps dyslexic learners because it is:
Activates Brain with a Multi-Sensory Approach
The Reading Horizons multi-sensory delivery method helps activate several areas of the brain by including visual, auditory, and kinesthetic cues that allow those with dyslexia to make the connections needed for meaningful interactions with text.
Follows a Logical Sequence
The instruction is sequential, starting with the simplest concepts and progressing to the more complex. The concepts are taught through consistent instructional patterns, building with a simple, familiar framework that aids with efficient storage and retrieval of the skills taught. These instructional patterns also aid in working memory function.
Provides Continuous Assessment
Reading Horizons offers immediate, corrective feedback, whether the instruction is teacher-guided or software-based. Assessments and feedback allow students to move through the program quickly and find success early-on, boosting their reading skills and providing continual motivation.
Builds Confidence and Self-Esteem
Reading Horizons provides dyslexic learners with reading strategies that help them make sense of reading. The instruction and practice activities meet their specific needs. In sum, our programs provide a safe and encouraging environment that facilitates success. Success leads to an increase in self-esteem, allowing students to realize their potential.