A lot has changed since our family discovered Lexercise online dyslexia treatment nearly a year ago. The cat that used to love to sit in Josh’s lap during his treatment sessions is still missing, and in his place are two new kittens who have enjoyed sitting on the back of the chair while Josh did his treatment. Josh has grown about a foot. We’ve gone from a one-teenager household to a two-teenager household.
Oh, yeah, and there is that one other little thing – Josh’s reading level has improved two full grade levels (it may even be more than that now – that’s what it was in January when we got official results) and I now have a confident, fluent reader whose spelling has improved greatly.
Lexercise Gets Results
I have become Lexercise’s biggest advocate in homeschooling circles. (The previous statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or anybody else.) That’s because Lexercise gets results!
(Josh and the cat we miss terribly)
I could tick off a laundry list of programs and products that we’ve tried over the years that Josh has struggled with reading. We saw minimal results with some, but the online dyslexia treatment offered by Lexercise is the only one that got the kind of results I’d been praying for. I only wish Lexercise had been around (or I’d known about it) about 5 years ago. It would have saved us so many lost reading years and frustration.
How Does Lexercise Work?
In case you’re a little late to the party, you might be interested in the following posts:
- Homeschooling with dyslexia – a review of Lexercise’s free online dyslexia test and the full dyslexia evaluation process
- Lexercise Review – a review of the online dyslexia treatment process
- Lexercise Online Dyslexia Treatment: A Progress Report – an update on how things were going for us back in January
The process is pretty simple. If you suspect your child may have dyslexia, you have them complete the online dyslexia test. If the free screening indicates that your child might need a full evaluation, you can schedule that. The full evaluation takes place online (via Adobe Connect and Skype) and takes about an hour and a half.
At the conclusion of the full evaluation, the Lexercise clinician will set up an appointment with you to go over the results. If your child does have dyslexia, you will get an actual diagnosis – like the real deal that you could use to request accommodations, such as more time on standardized tests or an IEP if your child ever needed to be in a traditional school setting.
Finally, if your child does have dyslexia, you can begin treatment. Lexercise dyslexia treatment also takes place online, in real time, via Adobe Connect and Skype. Your child will meet with his clinician once a week for about 45 minutes, with time afterward for you to talk with the clinician about that week’s session and what you’ll be doing for follow-up that week.
Between treatment sessions, Lexercise offers online games for your child to play to reinforce concepts learned that week. The games only take about 15 minutes per day and Josh generally enjoyed them.
If you’ve got some time, you can watch this video from an online webinar with Josh’s clinician, Tori. She explains, in detail, exactly how the treatment sessions work.
How Much Does Lexercise Cost?
People are always asking me how much Lexercise costs. I haven’t put the rates in previous blog posts because it can seem expensive, especially for a single-income family and I don’t want anyone to discount Lexercise out-of-hand just looking at the price. I got the services at a discount in exchange for advertising and reviewing the product, but knowing what I know now, I can say with confidence that I would have paid full price and still felt like it was a bargain.
The full evaluation costs $295 for children up to age 14 and $595 for ages 15 and up. The online treatment is $125/week or $395/month. The overall cost, depending on how long your child is in treatment, works out to less than most orthodontic treatment and, for me, having a child who can read confidently and fluently after years of struggling is worth a whole lot more than straight teeth.
Another thing to consider is how much you would expect to pay for one-on-one instruction of any kind, such as music. With Lexercise, you’re getting 45 minutes of one-on-one dyslexia treatment with a highly trained clinician, followed by reinforcement games tailored to your child’s specific needs.
Where We Are Now
Josh finished his last treatment session in February. Since then, we’ve done a bit of “deschooling” where reading instruction is concerned. Because I don’t want him to always see reading as a school assignment, I haven’t replaced his treatment time with any specific, focused practice.
He still has his regular reading assignments and we practice concepts he worked on during spelling and we’re putting into daily practice the skills he’s learned. However, when we start school back up after spring break, I’ve got a little something planned that I’m very excited about – daily silent reading time!
We tried this a few years ago, but abandoned it after awhile because Megan and Josh weren’t reading fluently at the time. They didn’t enjoy it and I didn’t want reading to become something negative.
Now, Megan loves reading and has a stack of books she’s trying to get through. I think Josh will enjoy it much more now, too, though he may never be an avid reader. I’ll be interested to see what type of books he’ll choose. He’s always been my non-fiction guy, which is so foreign to his fiction-loving mama.
Benefits of Lexercise
It’s been so exciting to watch Josh’s reading level and fluency improve. Some other benefits I’ve seen include:
- Ability to work more independently
- Quicker comprehension and better retention of spelling concepts
- Better reading comprehension
- Greater confidence
- Better word decoding skills for unfamiliar words
We’ve still got some work to do to get him on grade level, but now he has the skills he needs to get there and the confidence that he can do it. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: If you have a child who may be dyslexic, please have them the the free online screening to see if he or she might benefit from the program.
Lexercise has been an answer to prayer for our family. Maybe it will be for yours, too.
If you’d like another homeschooling family’s perspective on their experience with Lexercise, visit Maureen over at Spell Outloud. Today she’s sharing her thoughts on having a dyslexic reader.
I was privileged to receive this service at a discounted rate in exchange for advertising space and writing a review, but I would gladly have paid full price for it. I received no other compensation for this review, nor was I required to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are my personal, honest opinions. Your experience may vary. Please read my full disclosure policy for more details.
Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.