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Online Therapy from Paradise

One of the numerous advantages of online therapy is it’s versatility. Lexercise utilizes technology to make it possible for a trained professional to help children from any location, including the Caribbean! Similarly, clients love only therapy because they can take their therapist with them when they travel.

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One of our clinicians, Ruth Bevan, lives and works in St. Croix (Virgin Islands). Thanks to online therapy, she didn’t have to sacrifice her career for her personal aspirations. As a result, Ruth is able to help her dyslexic patients from the comfort of her tropical beach cabin. Here is what Ruth has to say about her lifestyle as a clinician in paradise:


 

That was Then, This is Now:

I grew up in NE Pennsylvania, earned my B.S. in Elementary and Special Education, and taught general and special education in Delaware and Pennsylvania. My husband, daughter and I lived in the northeast until 1990. We then moved to Florida where I taught children with dyslexia and learning disabilities, and earned my M.EdTSA 05_0149. in Special Education with a focus on dyslexia and learning disabilities. I took advanced training in the Orton Gillingham Approach and opened a small private practice working individually with children with dyslexia. After early retirement from the school system, I expanded my private practice but wanted to do more traveling. During a vacation in St. Croix, my husband and I realized we wanted to live there, but we also wanted to continue working with children with dyslexia. During that trip, I began to explore the possibility of working with my clients via the internet and found Lexercise. What a fabulous vacation, and a fabulous discovery! Within a month, I had partnered with Lexercise, and within 4 months, I had graduated most of my current clients and moved several to the Lexercise model of therapy through secure weekly webinars and daily internet-based therapeutic games and table-top practice with parents. We purchased a condo on the beach near Christiansted, USVI,  and we haven’t looked back!

My Transition:

The transition was a lot quicker and smoother than I expected. I accomplished the transition over a 4 month period, from seeing clients face-to-face over a table 3 hours weekly, to seeing clients face-to-face through a computer 1 hour weekly and providing daily, structured practice through on-line and off-line exercises and activities. The transition was actually very smooth, with great parental support, and all involved were very pleased with the Lexercise program and ability to access a personal service in their own homes. I saw an increase in progress and success for my students as they actually increased their practice time during the week due to the games and work with parents. Not only did the online format allow me to keep many of my existing clients but Lexercise improved the efficiency of therapy overall, saving everyone time and frustration.

Reliable Internet:

Obviously, if this transition was going to work we were going to need a reliable internet connection. We purchased the best internet service available on St. Croix. It is not as powerful or as fast as the service we have in Florida, but it works well for my webinars with clients. On the rare chance that I lose the ability to see my student, or they are unable to see me due to bandwidth problems, we are able to hear each other and see the presentation materials and continue with our work. We are always able to work it out, however, and I believe I will never go back to in-office therapy.

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Living in St. Croix is a dream come true. All my life, I have wanted to live on the water, but we were never able to afford the property or the taxes. St. Croix is really very affordable and we were able to purchase a sweet little condo right on the beach. I schedule clients 3 days a week, and I play and relax 4 days a week. We live in a small, gated community with a gorgeous pool, so we have beach and pool options right at our doorstep. We can sit on the patio and watch the sailboats and wind surfers go by, bird-watch, walk the beach, snorkel, fish, and visit with neighbors at the pool. I also love to spend a lot of time with my watercolors—St. Croix light and colors are very inspiring.

Why I Love Online Therapy!:

I really love working with my kids, seeing the light bulb go on, seeing the tremendous progress they make. The weekly contact with parents, having their daily support is a tremendous plus for me as well as for my students. I really like the Lexercise presentation materials and the games are excellent. I am so blessed!!!

Why You Should Try Online Therapy:

I think anyone looking for dyslexia therapy should consider online options like Lexercise as the fees, quality of service and benefits compare favorably to facility-based therapy. The parents I work with are very supportive and appreciative of the opportunity to observe the sessions and truly be involved in their child’s program and progress. I encourage them to try a month to actually see how it all works. I caution my parents that they may not see a lot of progress in just one months and that 3 months is a better gauge for progress monitoring, but they will begin to see change! I have found that the parents who really want to participate and help their child  becoming an independent reader love Lexercise. I would recommend Lexercise teletherapy to anyone looking for a convenient and personalized experience.

 


Special thanks to Ruth Bevan for taking the time to tell us her story!

Using Mindfulness in Orton-Gillingham Instruction

A Clinical Educator’s Journey to Using Mindfulness in Instructionkids yoga mindfulness

 

It is no coincidence that mindfulness practices came into my life right around the time I became an educator. After earning my Bachelor’s Degree I moved to  New York City, to teach elementary special education as a Teach for America (TFA) corps member in the poorest congressional district in the United States where stress was a part of everyday life.

My determined, capable and diverse special education students seemed to be constantly disrupted by all kinds of stress and self-regulation problems. Behavior outbursts, attention problems, and just plain fatigue often derailed my lessons and their learning. And they weren’t the only ones being affected by stress.

The long days, pressure to be the best teacher to my students, the noise and intensity of the city — it was a lot for me to contain, too. Nature had been my go-to place of solace, but I had a hard time finding such a place in NYC.  Luckily for me, my apartment was across the street from a yoga studio, and I had a TFA colleague and now lifelong friend who introduced me to self-regulation and mindfulness practices.  As I started to practice yoga and meditation the knot of stress seems to soften.

I began to wonder if mindfulness techniques could help me, why they couldn’t help my students, too.  Gradually I started to infuse some mindfulness and self-regulation tools into my instruction and found that my students quickly benefited and began using them independently.  I decided I needed to learn much more about the power of mindfulness.

After three years of teaching, I took my savings and plunged headlong into a global and cross-cultural study of mindfulness, traveling for 18 months to 9 countries.  In northern Italy, I worked and lived at a retreat center.  In India, I participated in a month-long yoga teacher-training course.  I attended meditation retreats in India and Thailand.  I spent 10 days at a silent meditation retreat. This was terrifying at first, but over those dyoga posesays I learned how to observe my thoughts instead of reacting to them, giving me greater compassion and self-awareness.  Waking before dawn to join people from all over the world in yoga exercises I realized that, while we come from very different traditions, we have a common need for a tranquil state of mind. After months of study and practice, I by no means mastered all the techniques. It was just the beginning. But I did begin to build the space and structure in my own life for a stronger and more gentle practice.

Returning to the states after my travels, I wanted to share these tools with others. Naturally, I started with my family and friends.  Later, I joined the organization Yoga for the People and began teaching yoga classes to Head Start children and their teachers and parents. These were popular classes, and many of my students– young and old — reported positive effects as they incorporated these practices into their lives.

I am thrilled to be a part of Lexercise, an organization that understands the power of mindfulness practices. Lexercise teletherapy is designed to strengthen reading and writing skills, but when stress, anxiety, and reactivity threaten to undermine progress, we have some effective and powerful tools in mind.

 


 

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  3. Roeser, R.A.  (2014), The Emergence of Mindfulness-Based Interventions in Educational Settings, in S.A. Karabenick and T. C. Urdan (Eds.) Motivational Interventions. Advances in Motivation and Achievement, Volume 18, pp. 379 – 419.
  4. Vansteenkiste, M., Niemiec, C.P. and Soenens, B. (2010). The development of the five mini-theories of self-determination theory: an historical overview, emerging trends, and future directions, in T. C. Urdan, S. A. Karabenick (Eds.) The Decade Ahead: Theoretical Perspectives on Motivation and Achievement, Advances in Motivation and Achievement, Volume 16 Part A), pp.105 – 165.

Lexercise Structured Literacy Therapy Makes the News!

We’re excited to share more in-depth news coverage on how Lexercise’s Structured Literacy (aka Orton-Gillingham) teletherapy is a turnkey solution for struggling readers and writers.

Even with over 60 million people in the US suffering from dyslexia, the learning disability still poses a serious challenge for schools and parents to address. Many families are confused about where to find adequate help for dyslexia testing and/or treatment. The idea of using online services may seem a bit foreign, as it is definitely an emerging technology, so we are thrilled to give you this up-close view of what Lexercise’s teletherapy model actually looks like.

We cheer on the International Dyslexia Association which works to educate, raise awareness, and advocate for those struggling with dyslexia and are fighting to change how literacy challenges are addressed at school. As we all work together to raise awareness, we hope this news coverage caught the eyes of some parents, educators, and/or medical professionals to help them understand that there are resources that can help (no matter where they live).

If you are concerned your child is dyslexic, take the free dyslexia test now.

Here is Lauren Furman’s full review of Lexercise.

Dyslexia in the News: A Mother’s Review of Lexercise

A Review of Lexercise

Here is WNCN News anchor Mike Gonzalez’s segment on how Lexercise is helping families with dyslexic children all over the world through online technology. He interviews Lauren Furman and her son’s therapist, Tori Whaley.

Watch the video below and also check out Lauren Furman’s full review of Lexercise.

 

Concerned your child might be dyslexic? Take our free dyslexia test now. If you’d like to connect with one of our expert therapists, like Toni Whaley, you can schedule a 15 minute free consultation here.

Lexercise Review – Comprehensive Program

Lauren Furman, Speech Pathologist and mother of a dyslexic son, reviews Lexercise’s dyslexia program and shares the role it played in improving her son’s self-confidence and self-esteem.

Lexercise ParentLexercise Review: Self-confidence and self-esteem

These two concepts are ones that our 10-year-old has struggled with as a student since entering Kindergarten.  As early on as age 5, his teachers didn’t understand why he had difficulty attending to his work, wasn’t making sound-syllable correlations, and often gave up before he even started a learning task.  We now know that he has both ADHD and mixed type dyslexia also classified as Specific Learning Disability- Reading.  Being able to name his difficulties was important; however, the classifications alone did nothing to change his situation. 

We worked with the school system to create a 504 plan and then later in 3rd grade an IEP with written goals and classroom accommodations.   Classroom accommodations such as extra time to complete work, reading tests aloud, and reducing the number of problems he had to attempt were helpful but did nothing to remediate his delays.  Daily resource services in reading were also helpful but again, did not seem to directly correlate to his specific learning needs and did not remediate his issues.  He was constantly plagued by low grades and constant feelings of failure as a learner. 

Then we found Lexercise…

I am not only the parent of a child with special learning needs.  I am also an educator of children with special needs.  As the founder of the Lexercise program, I am a Speech-Language Pathologist.  After 20 years of experience working with children with special learning needs, I know the importance of not just providing remediation but rather providing the right remediation.  Lexercise is the right remediation.

With Lexercise, for the first time, we were able to address our son’s specific reading needs and as a result, his reading skills have greatly improved.  Even more important to us though, his self-confidence and self-esteem have improved.  Our son will be completing his final Lexercise session tomorrow.   We are proud to say that after conducting quantitative, follow-up testing, he has made significant progress in ALL areas of reading.   Our son no longer feels like a kid who “can’t”.  He is so proud of all he has accomplished and now feels like a kid who CAN and DID!  He DID improve his decoding, he DID improve his fluency, he DID improve his spelling, and he DID improve his ability to sound out hard words rather than guessing.   He DID it!

We can’t thank the very special people at Lexercise enough for what they have given to our son and our family.  Tori, our therapist, has been an invaluable addition to our lives.  She has a true passion for what she teaches as well as for working with children.  She has made our online sessions fun and interesting rather than tedious and boring.

The Lexercise program itself is structured in a very meaningful way.  By using a consistent and familiar format, the program provides comfort while learning new concepts.  Weekly Parent Resource letters provide beneficial follow-up materials to utilize throughout the week and the computerized games provide a fun yet challenging way to practice and integrate learned skills into daily use.   In all, it’s a very well-rounded and comprehensive program.

Lexercise has been a gift to our son.  I hope it can be for your child too…

If you suspect that your child may be experiencing reading and writing difficulties caused by dyslexia, I recommend you use this free dyslexia screener they’ve developed, then call the folks at Lexercise at 919-747-4557 to talk about additional assessment and treatment options.

Happy National Handwriting Day!

national handwriting dayNational Handwriting Day is celebrated every January 23rd!

When I was in school, I hated handwriting practice.  Being left-handed, the way the teacher explained things never made sense.  However, I persevered and over the years, like so many of you reading this, developed my own, recognizable script.  These days, I enjoy adding an artistic flair to my signature and notes I write to family and friends.

The only compromises and changes I’ve made to my penmanship as an adult, in fact, came as a result of my excellent training at the Neuhaus Center in Houston.  During training in multi-sensory language instruction, we were encouraged to teach children specific pathways for letter formation.  Learning and teaching these pathways altered the way I wrote as well as gave me a valuable tool for improving my students’ performance.   While handwriting is often a struggle for students with dyslexia, by teaching them consistent pathways to letter formation, I saw great improvement in their abilities and confidence in both writing and reading.

 

Research in Handwriting

Recent research supports my observation.  A recently published New York Times piece summarizes this research nicely.  Diverse research from different parts of the world comes to one conclusion: learning to write letters activates pathways in the brain, improving learning. Writing by hand is associated with learning to read faster and retaining information.  In short, it simply helps us think better.

However, despite what research says about the importance of teaching handwriting, there are many who advocate for its elimination from the curriculum.  The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity recently published an article that seems to advocate for the elimination of such instruction for students with dyslexia.  I was eager to see what research supported this recommendation, but the article provides no such evidence.  While I certainly agree with their statement that “There is no reason that handwriting should keep any student from reaching her full potential,”  it seems to me that it is not an “either/or” situation but rather a “both/and.”  I personally began keyboard lessons as a fourth-grade student on an Apple IIE computer, with additional practice conducted on mimeographed sheets at our desks.  I also received excellent handwriting instruction in the previous grades which benefited me greatly.  While all students (not just students with dyslexia!) need keyboard skills to maximize their access to 21st-century technology, the benefits of handwriting instruction for spelling and reading skills and the necessity of a personal script for many tasks and activities reaffirm a place for research-backed handwriting instruction now and in the future.

 

If you’d like to learn more about how we can help your child struggling with reading or writing, check out our services here or contact us via email at Info@Lexercise.com.

Jennifer Aniston says dyslexia diagnosis was life-changing

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Jennifer Aniston reveals she’s dyslexic

Hollywood star, Jennifer Aniston, admits that being diagnosed with dyslexia in her 20s was life-changing.

In an interview with Stephen Galloway, the 45 year old actress said the discovery was made while getting prescription glasses.

“I had to read a paragraph, and they gave me a quiz, gave me 10 questions based on what I’d just read,” Ms. Aniston told the magazine.

“I think I got three right.”

Ms. Aniston is one of 62 million people in the U.S. with dyslexia.

“I had this great discovery. I felt like all of my childhood trauma-dies, tragedies, drama were explained.”

The actress who featured in the popular sitcom Friends and movies Just Go With It and Horrible Bosses, said that having difficulties reading and writing impacted her education and self-image.

According to the International Dyslexia Association, almost 80 percent of children who are categorized with learning disabilities in the United States fall somewhere on the dyslexia spectrum.

If you are concerned your child is dyslexic too take our free dyslexia test now.

 

Photo Credit: “JenniferAnistonHWoFFeb2012” by Angela George. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Lexercise Review: Convenient Online Therapy

Mitzi Reavis, RN, BSN and mother of two dyslexic boys, shares her thoughts on her experience working with Lexercise.

Lexercise Client Photo“Our family is currently doing Lexercise with our 7-year-old dyslexic son. He is doing well and loves it. We tutor at home once per week online with my laptop and a webcam. Our son then has prescriptive Lexercise games to do daily. I also have lesson material sent to me via email to work with him as well. Our 18-year-old eldest son is dyslexic as well. Years ago we tutored with Sandie Barrie-Blackley, founder of Lexercise in her private practice.  She is a great tutor and my son did excellent. We loaded our children in the car and drove to the appointment and waited while our son tutored.

Fast forward to today – would I choose to drive to a tutor lesson or Lexercise in the comfort of my home? I love having tutoring in my home and not having to travel. Sandie was a great tutor, but I enjoy Lexercise at home and am thankful she had the vision to create it.”
-Mitzi Reavis RN BSN

Did you know? Dyslexia is neurobiological and genetic in origin. If you or one of your family members has dyslexia or a history of reading difficulty, your children are at a 40% higher risk of dyslexia and it’s important to closely monitor your child’s reading and writing development while they are young.

If you suspect that your child may be experiencing reading and writing difficulties caused by dyslexia, I recommend you use this free dyslexia screener we’ve developed, then call us at 919-747-4557 to talk about additional assessment and treatment options.

What is Orton-Gillingham (aka, Structured Literacy)?

Orton-Gillingham (aka, structured literacy) therapy is the leading approach to helping children overcome dyslexia and other reading, spelling, and writing difficulties. Developed in the early 1900’s, Orton-Gillingham is considered the “gold standard” for therapy due to almost 35 years of research supporting its effectiveness.

More recently called structured literacy, the method centers on several bedrock principles I’ve articulated and explained below, while also describing how Lexercise incorporates these principles into our online therapy.

If you remember nothing else from this article, remember this:  Structured literacy is a science-backed, comprehensive approach to teaching reading, writing, and spelling that is widely accepted as the world’s most effective way to teach literacy and to help struggling readers and writers. 

What is Structured Literacy?

dyslexic boy, Orton-GillinghamMulti-Sensory

In an Orton-Gillingham (structured literacy) approach sounds and letters are taught to your child using three main sensory pathways: sight, sound, and movement. Using learning pathways alongside explicit instruction makes it easier for students to remember and apply concepts when needed. This multi-sensory approach makes learning an active rather than passive process, scaffolding memory and making reading and spelling more automatic.

Ordered Logically

We teach the structure of the English language to your child in an organized and systematic way. This therapy covers reading, spelling, and writing simultaneously, so your child experiences how they relate to each other. Our clinicians guide your child through therapy at a crisp pace, while still making sure that we do not move on until he/she masters the concepts and skills taught.

Individualized

Your child is unique, so it is critical that our expert therapists individualize therapy to his/her needs. In the hands of our qualified structured literacy therapists, students who have struggled for years in school show tremendous progress in only a few months. In between our weekly lessons, your therapist will customize online games and provide you with tabletop activities to reinforce what your child is learning in his/her sessions.

Sequenced and Cumulative

Weekly lessons start from simple to more complex tasks, while also providing a review of prior concepts. Our scope and sequence use a structured literacy progression, including (a) the six syllable types of English for reading and spelling vowels and (b) scientific word inquiry methods for understanding the meaning of parts of words (basis and affixes). Using this framework helps to give context to new concepts while activating and building upon prior knowledge.

Cognitive

We teach your child to think through reading and spelling instead of just guessing. Even phonetically “irregular” words make perfect sense when they are properly understood. For example, the spelling of the word <two> makes sense in connection with the number “2” and its word relatives <twelve>, <twenty>, <twin>, <twine> and <twist>. Since we teach your child how to think about and understand words, it takes the guesswork out of reading, spelling and writing.  Words are understood at a deep level, improving both comprehension and expression.

dyslexic girl, Orton-GillinghamEmotionally Sound

We realize that many struggling readers and writers have been misidentified, perhaps called lazy, or have been made to feel stupid when they are not.  The treatment that we provide will not only help your child’s reading and writing difficulties but will help him/her feel empowered. We help your child develop a growth mindset and self-advocacy skills, that will follow him/her not only through their treatment but throughout his/her academic career.

It Works

This is a methodology that is based on the science of language learning. In a matter of months, significant progress can be achieved. For example, on average our students at Lexercise improve by several grade levels in reading in a semester. Lexercise’s Structured Literacy Curriculum uses science-backed principles–leveraging a blended learning model to maximize effectiveness,  combining live video therapy, online games for daily practice, and parent / teacher support materials for offline activities. Using our technology, our structured literacy therapists are able to tailor therapy to fit your child’s specific learning needs. Learn more about our online literacy therapy or call us today at 1-919-747-4557.

Online Literacy Therapy: In Schools & Abroad

Guest Post by Laura Sargent, M.Ed., Lexercise Teletherapy Partner

 

Mustique3I joined Lexercise as a clinician one year ago when searching for an alternative program for students I was leaving behind at Mustique Primary School in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. However, instead of having to leave my students behind after moving from the area, I was able to continue my work with them through Lexercise’s online teletherapy platform and the results have been outstanding.

I can now reach twice as many students in Mustique and have added other students internationally and across the U.S. In one year, the Mustique students have become more engaged in taking responsibility for their learning. My latest assessment of their performance shows an average of 89% improvement in reading and writing. The students enjoy the online classes and practice games, and the parents have become much more involved, as well. Without the complete support of the teachers, parents and Lexercise, none of this would have been possible.

In Mustique, land-based support is essential. Computers and internet are not readily available in every home so most of our students meet with me online at the Community Centre Computer Lab where I have a wonderful teaching partner, Natasha Joseph. Natasha provides supervision, scheduling and assists with students’ login. She also teaches one-on-one extra practice with the material covered in each level. She is an essential part of the Mustique Lexercise Reading Programme.

Mustique1When working with students in cultures where different forms of English are used, much has to be considered. Standard English is the same the world around; however, concessions must be made for British English spelling and local language variations. In spelling, I must be aware of International English spelling variations such as centre, colour and programme and adjust the lessons as necessary.

Earlier in the year I had the challenging pleasure of teaching a young, energetic boy from the Middle East. My initial goal was to gain his trust as a new teacher leveraging an online learning platform. He quickly became engaged in the lessons, excited about his successes, and proud of his progress. He has since graduated from the program and seems to be doing very well in his new school. In the words of his mother:

“There are HUGE differences in my son. I came home last night and he started reading to me, and he is starting to write more and it’s just wonderful. I have never seen this in him and he is thrilled.”

Summary

Mustique2Lexercise’s technology and content gave me the tools needed to continue to help these students despite being geographically separated, and the Mustique Education Trust (MET) offered generous financial support to make the entire initiative possible.

MET reviews our quarterly reports describing attendance and performance and has continued to support the program after observing the tremendously positive results.

It’s very exciting to work with students across the U.S. and around the world without ever leaving my desk. Students in my classes are working hard, enjoying the process and gaining confidence in their reading skills. As a result, they have added confidence in the classroom, as well. Parents are thrilled and teachers give Lexercise a nod of approval. As one kindergarten teacher described, “Lexercise is great, I am really seeing improvements in the children’s reading.”

A Thank You Letter From One of My Mustique Parents

Dear Dianne,

I just wanted to say a huge heart felt THANK YOU…. for believing in the remedial reading program. ox

Mustique6-editedMichael likes when you read to him but he has struggled with decoding. He is a visual child and likes to work with engines, cars and boats! A hands-on type of little guy 🙂

I initially had Michael tested with Lexercise to see if he was dyslexic after discussing his reading/spelling with his teacher Ms. Thompson. She said he is a well-behaved bright little boy but…..the reading. We were perplexed.

I found the Lexercise program and the clinicians to be very professional and helpful. After an extensive 90 minute online test, We were later told he is dyslexic and they suggested working with him for at least 6 months. He already was in the remedial program with Laura. I was prepared to enroll Michael in Lexercise as well to give him all the help I could.

…..Thank you for helping Mr. Very Good to hopefully be Mr. Very Good in Reading.

Truly, Thank you. We are grateful to you and MET..

 

Mustique5

 

 

New Dyslexia Resources for Parents

One of the primary reasons we remediate children faster than alternative therapy approaches is because we facilitate a strong partnership between the parent and clinician. Since we will only work with your child for a number of months, during therapy we need to teach you how to further support your child’s development throughout his/her academic career. To further support parents like you, we have just launched a new feature for our online therapy: Parent Resources.

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Each time your child advances to a new level within the Lexercise curriculum, your teletherapist can send you a set of individualized materials that will help you work with your child between sessions so that s/he makes faster progress. These materials consist of word cards, sight words, vocabulary development, practice sentences and much more. These parent resources are customized to the level your child is working on and for his/her specific therapy needs.

By making these resources available to parents we hope to get even faster remediation times than the 3 to 5 months we are currently averaging for dyslexic children.

Easing Homework Meltdowns with Teletherapy

Guest Post by Ruth Bevan and Jennifer Olachea, Lexercise Teletherapy Partners

As summer is winding down some families are already starting to dread homework.  Children with language processing differences like dyslexia are typically stressed by school and by homework that they don’t have the skills to complete.  But educational therapy can actually help in this situation. Of course, over time, therapy will build skills that will make homework easier, but also the therapist can suggest immediate strategies for managing school and homework tasks. Perhaps most importantly, an educational therapist can give the child and parent tools for dealing with the stress that often derails academic tasks and degrades the memory and learning that the homework is meant to support.

A colleague recently reported that she had seen one of our students and asked him how his Lexercise therapy was going. She said that she was struck by the huge, ear-to-ear smile that came over his face.  We love to hear this kind of feedback!  This is what educational therapy is all about– helping a child and his parents approach learning in a happy and joyful way.  Having the opportunity to work with children anywhere in the world through Lexercise teletherapy makes our world a very happy place. The Lexercise Teletherapy Platform allows us to meet regularly with students and their parents, forming a trusting, stress-free working relationship that supports memory and learning.

It allows us to send customized practice like online games and offline, table-top activities. This model saves time and money over other therapeutic options and produces excellent reading, spelling and writing gains.  Seeing your child smile when they are asked about homework?  That’s priceless!

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Jennifer Olachea, B.A. and Lexercise Teletherapy Partner, also contributed to this article.
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