How Can I Help My Struggling Reader?

summer deals!If you’re reading this post, chances are good that you are concerned about your child’s reading.   Maybe in a recent parent-teacher conference you learned that your child is not “on level.”  You might have noticed your child is a reluctant reader, or that his or her reading is not as strong as other children his or her age. You want to know: how can I help my child get better at reading?  

Searching for an answer to that question, many parents go through a lengthy and often expensive diagnostic process. This process can provide valuable information about how your child learns. However, for the majority of struggling readers, this is not necessary. There are only a handful of reasons that can cause a child to struggle with reading. Thankfully, there are solutions for all of these problems.


Problem: Instructional failure

Some students struggle with “Dysteachia”.  No, this is not a technical diagnosis.  What it boils down to is instructional failure.  This can happen for a variety of reasons.  Some schools teach “guessing approaches” which are not effective instructional practice for many students.   Your child’s teacher may struggle with classroom behavior, resulting in wasted instructional time and reduced learning.  Especially in the upper grades, lack of progress may be due to interventions designed to treat the symptom (slow reading or poor understanding) instead of the root cause (the student doesn’t know how to sound out words.)


One to one Structured Literacy therapy.  A therapist can work with your student one on one and, in a matter of months, get him or her caught up on reading!  For students who have not received proper reading instruction and struggle as a result will benefit from Structured Literacy therapy. This type of therapy doesn’t just help those with dyslexia or other learning disabilities. Structured Literacy has been proven to help anyone struggling with reading, writing and spelling!


Problem: Inattention or behavioral concerns

Other students struggle due to inattention in the classroom.  The teacher may deliver proper, research based instruction, but the student may have anxiety or attention concerns that prevent him or her from taking advantage of that instruction.  Some of these students may be diagnosed with ADHD.  For other students, the anxiety is due to a shame spiral from ongoing reading failure.  


Teletherapy dramatically reduces the risk and shame students associate with reading mistakes by creating a safe, nurturing environment.  By building a trusting relationship with your child, your Lexercise therapist will create a safe space to practice, make mistakes, and improve reading. The one to one environment provided over the internet minimizes distractions and increases engagement in many students.  Children who can’t or don’t pay attention in whole class instruction are often engaged and attentive with the teletherapy approach.


ID-10032278Problem: Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a specific type of reading disability.  Students with dyslexia typically have deficits in phonological processing, rapid naming, or both.  Even when they are fully attentive in a classroom with excellent instruction, these students struggle with literacy.


Structured Literacy therapy (formerly known as Orton-Gillingham) is the method research has indicated for students with dyslexia.  Our blended learning model allows you to receive this instruction in the comfort of your own home.  


Problem: other learning disabilities

You may have already undergone testing and had a professional explain that your child does not have dyslexia.  Still, he or she is not catching up in reading and there is a definite learning challenge.  


Our Lexercise therapists are trained in a wide variety of therapeutic instructional approaches.  Call us and we will match you with a clinician that will get to the bottom of your child’s learning challenges and create a customized learning plan to help him or her succeed.  Regardless of the reason why your child is struggling to read, Lexercise teletherapy is a pathway to success!  


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Over 200,000 parents have trusted Lexercise to identify and treat dyslexia and other learning difficulties.

Professional Therapy Guarantee

Lexercise guarantees that your child will improve 1 grade level in reading after 8 weeks of Lexercise teletherapy. If your child does not make a grade level of improvement, Lexercise will give you an additional four weeks of teletherapy for free. Learn More…

Basic Therapy Guarantee

Lexercise guarantees your satisfaction. If you aren’t happy using Lexercise Basic Therapy for any reason, call us with your feedback during your first 2 weeks and get a full refund. Learn the Details…


Lexercise Professional Therapy Guarantee

There are many reading and writing intervention programs out there claiming they can help your child. Lexercise Professional Therapy is different because we can measure your child’s success and guarantee results.


 How does the guarantee work?

    1. Your therapist will establish a baseline reading level in your first session and then measure your child’s progress after the 8th session.
    2. Research indicates that in one year of schooling elementary students average almost 100 Lexile growth (industry standard measurement unit) per grade level and 50L for high school students. We guarantee your child will make one grade level of reading improvement in just 2 months of Lexercise therapy.*

  1. You must attend and participate in your child’s 8 therapy sessions.
  2. Your sessions must be completed within 8 consecutive weeks (i.e. no rescheduling extending these sessions past 8 consecutive weeks).
  3. You must ensure your child participates with the therapist for the entire therapy session each week.
  4. You must make sure your child completes the online Lexercise practice for a minimum of 4 days/week each week.

* Full terms and conditions of the Professional Therapy Guarantee can be found here.

Why does our program work?

The Lexercise program works because it stands firmly on the 3 legs of therapy struggling readers need to succeed: a structured literacy methodology, an expert therapist and customized daily practice. Intervention without these three legs is incomplete and will fall over and likely fail. Similarly, programs missing any of these components cannot guarantee your child the same success we can.

  1. Structured Literacy Methodology

Our program is scientifically-backed by the Orton-Gillingham (Structured Literacy) method. This method is supported by over three decades of research from The National Institutes of Health making it “the gold standard” in teaching English literacy. For therapy to work, it requires all three legs!It is the only method proven to work with the way the dyslexic brain learns. Beyond that, it’s great for anyone struggling with reading, writing and spelling problems.

  1. Expert Therapists

Our therapists go through a rigorous qualification process to prove that they are structured literacy experts. Before we even consider working with therapists they must pass a qualification exam in the use of structured literacy methods. (Of the reading therapists who take this test only half pass!) Once they pass they must prove they have a professional degree in education, psychology, speech-language pathology, medicine or a related profession from an accredited university. They must also have at least 100 hours of supervised experience using clinical methods in a one-to-one setting. This level of expertise allows our therapists to completely individualize your child’s therapy to fit their needs.

  1. Customized Daily Practice

Our therapists customize daily practice games and other tabletop activities for your child to do in between therapy sessions to reinforce what they are learning. These activities also allow the parents and therapists to measure the child’s progress. Lexercise moves your child through the program in a sequential and cumulative way so that your child masters each concept needed to become an enthusiastic reader and confident writer.

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Lexercise Basic Therapy Guarantee

If you are not happy with Lexercise Basic Therapy, just call us in your first 14 days of using it and tell us what you didn’t like about it, and we’ll refund your money and give you a $10 Amazon gift card for your trouble. The only restriction on getting the gift card is that customers must give the product a fair chance by completing a minimum of 2 lessons, which takes about 8 days.

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The Lexercise Professional Therapy Guarantee is subject to the terms and conditions detailed here.

*For students starting Lexercise at a 1st Grade reading level or higher, the Lexile growth measurement will be used, and for students starting as pre-readers (Pre-K or K level), a series of foundational skill assessments will be used.

Online Orton-Gillingham: Too Good to be True?

girloncomputerParents study many dyslexia intervention options when they realize their child is falling behind in reading and writing, but they may not realize that online Orton-Gillingham therapy is an option. Now, online Orton-Gillingham therapy (the new term for this is Structured Literacy) may sound too good to be true but Lexercise has made it possible! Now you can receive the same level of clinical therapy that you would get in an office in the comfort of your home.

Benefits of Orton-Gillingham Online:

Orton-Gillingham is a complex approach consisting multiple components all of which are included in Lexercise’s online Orton-Gillingham therapy program. By providing Orton-Gillingham therapy online Lexercise gives you added benefits!


Firstly, online therapy is extremely convenient. We have clients and clinicians alike all over the world that are able to connect due to our online nature. What was once a 2-3 hour commitment of traveling to and from an office is now just an hour in your own home! Scheduling conflicts are diminished as well. Let’s say you live in New York and can only participate in therapy after work at 7:00 pm, well we can match you with a clinician in California who is available at that time! You can even keep participating in therapy when you’re traveling, as long as you have an internet connection. It’s our goal to get you and your child the help you need in the most efficient and convenient way possible.

Parent Involvement
The Lexercise program has parents actively participate in their child’s Orton-Gillingham therapy. During your live, weekly online therapy sessions, you will sit behind your child and listen and observe to learn the lessons and techniques yourself. Using what you have learned you will be able to instruct your child throughout the week to help them master each level of therapy and complete their weekly practice activities. The hands-on parent role that Lexercise facilitates is one of our therapy’s key benefits.

file0001759554245Daily Practice
Daily practice is very important to reinforce and master the lessons learned in therapy. Lexercise has created online Orton-Gillingham daily practice games that make this fun and engaging for your child. With only 15 minutes of practice every day at least 4 days a week your child can advance through therapy at a fast pace, automating skills they will retain for a lifetime of use.

Begin Immediately!
A child who falls behind in 1st grade has a 1 in 8 chance of ever catching up. We urge families who are noticing their child falling behind to start Orton-Gillingham therapy immediately and not wait. Luckily, because of our large pool of qualified clinicians and online platform, you can start at your earliest convenience. We don’t require you to have a formal dyslexia diagnosis to participate in therapy. Our goal is the help your child get the help they need as soon as possible and as conveniently as we can.

Lexercise is the most efficient and beneficial form of receiving Orton-Gillingham therapy. But don’t just take our word for it, hear what other parents are saying: