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Emerson, a victorious word wizard


As a 9-year-old homeschooled rising 4th-grade student, Emerson is a competent and confident speller and writer. He enjoys thinking about word parts, what they mean and how they are spelled.

That is quite a change. Last spring, before his 3rd-grade year, Emerson resisted anything having to do with writing words. His initial writing sample consisted of just three sentences and most of the words were misspelled.

After covering 24 Lexercise levels Emerson no longer resists writing; he embraces it. His writing is nearly ten times more accurate than it was last spring. He is a word analysis wizard who can identify word elements like base, suffix, and prefix, even with new and unfamiliar words.

I recently interviewed Emerson’s mom, Julie Barney, about their experience with Lexercise online therapy. Below is a video of our conversation and an outline.


Video Interview Outline

Time 0:00 – Introduction
Time 0:44 – Can you describe how and when you first became concerned about Emerson’s reading, writing and spelling skills?
Time 3:07 – Will you describe Emerson’s progress with Lexercise Online Treatment and how it has helped you as a homeschool mom?
Time 5:47 – You and Emerson had some office-based sessions before starting Lexercise Online Treatment. Can you describe how online treatment has worked compared to office-based treatment?

Thanks, Julie…and keep up the good work, Emerson!

If your child struggles with reading, writing, or spelling, please have a look at the Lexercise Online Dyslexia Testing and Treatment page. It could turn your child into a reader! If you have questions about the diagnosis or treatment of dyslexia, I would love to hear from you. Email me at or 1-919-747-4557.

Homeschooling and Dyslexia

chalkboardDoes your homeschooled child struggle with words?

When a homeschooled child struggles to read, write or spell, parents may work overtime to figure out why and find the right teaching tools for their child. In fact, such parents may not even have a name for their child’s problem or know where or how to find a trustworthy diagnosis. Some parents turn to their child’s pediatrician for answers; others look for support online, where both information and misinformation are abundant.

The most critical step in getting care for a struggling reader and/or writer is to get a professional evaluation that measures, describes, diagnoses the child’s problem, and outlines a program of intervention. Professionals who are qualified to test for and diagnose dyslexia include specially trained psychologists, speech-language pathologists, and clinical educators.

Language-processing differences, such as dyslexia, are by far the most common type of learning disability (LD), accounting for more than 80% of LD children. According to the International Dyslexia Association, in any group of 20 students, there will be three to four with symptoms of dyslexia. People with dyslexia are typically smart but struggle with slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling, poor writing, and/or mixing up words.

Thanks to insights from recent research, dyslexia can now be diagnosed, even in young children, with far more focused, efficient, and less expensive methods than in the past. In addition, these “best practice” methods for evaluating and treating struggling readers and writers are a perfect match for the emerging technologies in telerehabilitation—direct delivery of services using computer-based telecommunication (online) devices.

This means that a child can now get a home-centered, online, comprehensive evaluation and then if warranted, customized online face-to-face therapy with a skilled clinician, as well as motivating daily practice sessions to help the child progress more quickly and shorten the total time needed to advance to grade-level reading.

The clinical educators at Lexercise have the knowledge, skills, and experience to evaluate and treat language-processing problems, online via webcam, so you can take advantage of our program anywhere with internet access. Based on a foundation of tested and validated Orton-Gillingham principles, Lexercise is individualized care for children who struggle to read, write or spell – no matter where they happen to live.

If your child has difficulty reading, writing, or spelling, Lexercise can help. Take a look at our Online Dyslexia Testing and Treatment page or contact us directly at or 1-919-747-4557.