Lexercise Online Dyslexia Treatment: A Progress Report

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It’s been eight months since we discovered that Josh has dyslexia. We’d long suspected that he might. Over the last eight years or so, we’ve tried countless phonics programs and reading approaches.

We’ve tried intensive teaching and patient (at least on the surface) watchful waiting. We’ve done choral reading, sight words, and lots of reading aloud. All those things helped a little, but nothing got us where we needed to be – fluent, independent reading.

Until Lexercise.

Lexercise Online Dyslexia Treatment

First, we completed Lexercise’s free dyslexia test. After it showed that Josh might have dyslexia, we had him take the full evaluation, which confirmed the suspicion.

When we started school in July 2012, we also started Lexercise’s dyslexia treatment. We have met with our clinician, Tori, every week since July with the exception of a few holiday weeks.

Dyslexia Treatment

In between sessions with Tori, Josh plays online games designed to reinforce that week’s concepts. He’s currently worked through about 25 of Lexercise’s 32 levels and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

Last week, Tori worked with Josh on a progress evaluation. The results?

  • Improvement of two full grade-levels (in 5 months, y’all!) on word reading (using the San Diego Quick assessment)
  • Reading fluency shows an improvement from 66 correct words per minute at 90% accuracy to 85 correct words per minute at 95% accuracy
  • Phonemic decoding efficiency has improved from the 7th percentile to the 23rd percentile

Josh still struggles with his rate of reading, but I think that will improve as he reads more independently. Additionally, Tori suggested that recorded books could be a big help to him. To that end, I’ll be investigating Learning Ally, which whom Lexercise has recently partnered.

Learning Ally helps to provide audio books to people diagnosed with reading disabilities. The books are read by people, not computers. (This makes a huge difference according to Brianna, who has used both, though not through Learning Ally.) The folks at Lexercise tell me this even includes textbooks not available through any other audiobook company.

Help for Children with Dyslexia

Josh – reading aloud with confidence!

In addition to this partnership, Lexercise is also developing instructional videos to go along with their online practice games. The videos will allow the student to watch a short video at their current level before playing the games.

This means the student can work independently on concepts, so that online treatment time with his clinician can more effectively be spent working through areas of difficulty. Because the treatment sessions will be more focused, it will allow the student to make progress through the treatment program more quickly.

That’s great news because the quicker a child can progress through the program, the quicker he can get on with the business of improving. It’s an exciting time to be involved with Lexercise!

In addition to his reading progress, I’ve noticed improvement in Josh’s spelling. I’ve got a Post-It note that I’ve put aside to keep. It was a note Josh left for Brian one evening. There was only one misspelled word on the entire note and he’d spelled it correctly in another spot, so I think it was just that he got in a hurry. That’s exciting stuff after the struggles we’ve had!

Finally, Tori commented on the improvements in Josh’s writing samples, saying that his most recent sample, “looks more ‘grown up'” and that “the types of errors he is making show growth. His errors are correct phonetic spelling patterns (which they weren’t before).”

I’ve told many, many people, both in person and online, since we started Lexercise: If you suspect your child may have dyslexia, I strongly encourage you to have them take the free screener. This is something I wish we’d discovered years ago. Don’t waste years struggling and being frustrated. There is help for children with dyslexia.

For more feedback on how Lexercise is helping kids with dyslexia, visit Maureen at Spell Outloud and check out her Lexercise progress report. You can follow Lexercise on Twitter and Facebook to receive all the latest news, updates, and tips for helping your dyslexic child.

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13 Comments

  1. Great info! Thanks for taking the time to write it up. I’ll be doing the screening with my kids in the morning. Good to know they can treat dysgraphia, too, since that’s definitely an issue for my 10-year-old son.

  2. Three of my four kids have reading trouble. My older two are scheduled next week to have an evaluation by a psychologist, and my youngest guy is next, I guess. I wonder this evaluation would be easier. Regardless, if we get confirmation of dyslexia I think we will be using Lexercise to help get them on track. So glad you shared this information.

  3. I have a daughter whom I don’t think has dyslexia, as she actually reads at about grade level and is very fluent (though it did take her a long time to get there), but she really struggles with spelling. Does Lexercise have a program that emphasizes spelling work even if reading itself is okay?

    1. I don’t know if they have anything like that or not. It’s more trained clinicians who work with kids with learning disabilities than it is programs, but you could check their site and see what you find out.

  4. Hi Kris,

    I’ve watched with interest your several posts on Lexercise and have even had my daughter, whom I suspect has dyslexia take the screening test. It indicated that further testing was needed. The scores weren’t horrible but she could use help. She has managed to learn to read fairly fluently but she has a very hard time with unfamiliar words and she is a really bad speller. All that to say, my husband and I live on a missionary salary and I’m curious about the costs for further testing and the therapy itself. I looked at both your and Maureen’s posts and could find nothing about cost. I’m thinking this is purposeful because there’s a range or something. But I’d rather know at least a range to see if its something we could consider or not. Sorry for rambling! And thanks for any advice you can give.

  5. As an adult who was diagnosed with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Discalculia, and Dyspraxia in 1975, and continues to struggle with it even today, but has managed to build a successful career as a computer programmer … let me encourage your son, and thank you for being proactive in helping him. Its really great for Dyslexic kids today to have software resources.

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