Twenty percent of school aged children have dyslexia. Unfortunately, this disorder often goes unidentified, misdiagnosed or even ignored by the public school system. As a result, too many children are not getting the education they need. In order for these children to reach their full potential, science has shown that early intervention is necessary. For intervention to be effective it needs three elements which you can see in the “Three legged stool” analogy. If one of the legs are missing, the stool (or intervention) can’t confidently stand on its own and will “fail” a child.
1. A structured literacy methodology
In order for the child to receive proper instruction, they need to follow a program that is scientifically backed. The Orton-Gillingham method is supported by more than three decades of research from The National Institutes of Health making it “the gold standard” in teaching English literacy. It is the only method out there proven to work with the way the dyslexic brain learns. In addition, it’s great for anyone struggling with reading, writing and spelling problems.
2. An Expert in the Structure of English
The instructor that works with your child is just as important as the method they are using. You need someone who has gone through a rigorous qualification process to prove that they are a Structured Literacy expert. Experience is also a necessary element, at least 100 hours of experience using structured literacy in a one-to-one setting is ideal. This level of expertise qualifies an instructor to provide therapy rather than tutoring. A therapist will be able to completely individualize your child’s therapy to fit their specific needs.
3. Customized, dedicated, daily practice
Practice is essential to retaining information taught by a therapist. Customized, daily practice games and other tabletop activities for your child to do between therapy sessions reinforce what they are learning. These activities will also allow the parents and therapist to measure the child’s progress.
With this combination of elements, significant progress can be achieved in a matter of months. Lexercise’s approach to Structured Literacy treatment is effective and unique–leveraging a blended learning model to combine live video therapy, online games for daily practice, and parent/ teacher support materials for offline activities. Using our technology, our trained clinicians are able to tailor therapy to fit your child’s specific learning needs. As a result, Lexercise guarantees a grade level increase in reading abilities after 2 months of therapy, or your third month is free.
Taylor is a senior studying communication at NC State University. As the Blog and PR intern for lexercise she utilizes her passion for writing to help inform parents of struggling readers, writers and spellers. She feels a connection to Lexercise through her love for children and their well-being.