Jul 102013

Looking for a GREAT program to teach your child how to read?dyslexia reading programs

Whether your child has been diagnosed with dyslexia or not, the reading programs listed below are proven dyslexia reading programs, proven by research, to be effective for teaching children who are diagnosed with dyslexia how to read.

CAUTION: Whether or not specific dyslexia reading programs will be effective for YOUR child will depend on whether your child has need of that specific type of instruction.  Each reading program for dyslexia is a little bit different in its focus, so it pays to know your child’s specific learning style and learning needs before choosing a program.

I HIGHLY recommend reading “The Dyslexia Help Handbook for Parents: Your Guide to Overcoming Dyslexia Including Tools You Can Use for Learning EmpowermentDyslexia Help Handbook for Parents book dyslexic dyslexie books” before purchasing any programs, so you will better understand which program(s) your child will benefit from.  It could save you both money and prevent a feeling of failure if a specific program isn’t the right one for YOUR child.

The programs that follow primarily teach phonemic awareness through explicit, direct instruction. Effective reading instruction teaches reading beginning the most basic elements, which are the phonemes.

The proven programs cover every reading detail up through complex, multisyllable words. Reading instruction method is specific, sequential, and multi-sensory.

You may also want to read about the Orton-Gillingham methodology and Orton-Gillingham reading programs, which are the foundation for reading remediation, before you delve into program selection further.  Be aware also, no single program is going to be “best” for teaching every child who has dyslexia. To help your child, it helps a lot to know your child’s individual learning preferences and select a program that matches his preferred learning style.

For example, if your child is a kinesthetic or tactile learner, you’ll want to select a program that uses a lot of air writing, finger tracing, or other active ways of practicing.  If your child is a visual learner, having colorful imagery included in the teaching materials can be beneficial.

If you have the funds, and are inclined to undertake remediation of your child, you can do so successfully by following any of the programs listed below. These programs are comprehensive, heavily explained or scripted, and lend themselves to parents teaching their children by following a specific set of instructions. These programs are ones typically used in schools across the nation and are more expensive than programs listed on our Reading Remediation at Home page.

Materials for Teaching Reading:

Scripted, Proven Dyslexia Reading Programs Easily Used At Home:

The ABeCeDarian Reading Program – A new program that is gaining in popularity.

All About Reading and All About Spelling – A Cost-effective, highly scripted program that tells you what to do, when to do it, what to say, and helps direct you in the teaching of your child.

Barton Reading – This program is somewhat expensive, but it is well-liked by parents for its clear instructions and thorough progression of reading instruction.

The New Herman Reading Method – This is the initial method we researched and used many of the activities with our boys.  The Herman Reading program has been available for a number of years, has been perfected over time, and is heavily scripted to help you with providing the program to your child. This program is one of the better ones for a kinesthetic, tactile, or active and moving kind of learner.

S.P.I.R.E. – As described on the SPIRE page, this program was written by an Orton-Gillingham fellow.  It has been tested and perfected over a number of years.  It is more ideal for auditory learners than for active learners.

Wilson Reading – This is a tried and true classic program that has been around for decades. The Wilson Reading program is used by a number of private schools for teaching children with dyslexia.

**Saxon Phonics – This is a robust and well-developed reading remediation program. It is also one of the less expensive programs that includes all materials, teachers guides and student books. No reading remediation program worth using can beat the value in this package! With the Saxon name behind the product, you can hardly go wrong.
Saxon Phonics on Amazon.com
Complete Saxon Phonics Intervention, Home Study Kit at ChristianBook.com
Buy Other Saxon Phonics Program products at ChristianBook.com
View Other Materials for Teaching A Child How-to Read at Christianbooks.com
View Reading Comprehension Resources at Christianbooks.com

**LiPS from Lindamood-Bell – This is the same program used at the pricey Lindamood-Bell centers, and by many private organizations that teach reading, but you can order it through Gander Publishing. The kit is expensive, but the program is proven to work with most children who struggle. The program is rather involved, but if you can read and understand the instructions, or can afford to go to training offered by Lindamood-Bell Centers, it is a lot cheaper to do the program yourself. However, not all children respond well to their parent as their provider, so you’ll want to be certain your child is willing to work with you before you spend the money on this kit.

Software-based Reading Programs for Dyslexia:

**Earobics is designed to teach a child with auditory processing issues to “tune in” to key sounds in words, to teach them the phonemes in relation to print, and to build concentration (specifically the ability to attend to sounds within words). For some kids, they can’t “hear” (or recognize) the individual phonemes enough to be taught with a rules based program, so Earobics is a good place to begin.

**Fast ForWord Early Literacy – This program, like Earobics, addresses Phonemic Awareness as a starting point. I’ve not seen nor used this program, but many people say it is excellent.

**Lexia Reading – This is the program we have chosen and have been sticking with. It has numerous different practice activities within 5 levels and has been instrumental in helping with basic spelling and reading abilities. The program is very thorough, beginning with basic vowel sounds, and progressing up through roots, prefixes, suffixes, and syllabication. This program is a great teaching tool when used on a daily basis.

Multisensory Reading, Spelling and Penmanship “This multisensory reading, spelling and penmanship program builds an association between symbols and sounds in the English language through self-paced repetition. It utilizes the close association of visual, auditory and kinesthetic elements to help students improve their language skills.” This program has computer-based and app-based practice elements making it a great technology-based, multisensory platform for teaching your child to read.

Prolexia Ultra Phonics Tutor – This program is particularly good for practicing handwriting and phonemic awareness together, which can help streamline your child’s educational day. Having a shorter day is definitely a benefit for both you and your child! That said, I’d HIGHLY recommend getting their “light pen” to use for practice. Using the pen-type of pointer will translate into functional handwriting skills more directly. If your child uses the mouse for the pointer device with the program, the writing skills will not transfer as directly to pencil and paper.

You may also want to check out the Free Multisensory Reading Programs available online as a good way to engage your child in extra practice. There are many great dyslexia programs for children who struggle with reading.  You may also want to check out:

Best Homeschool Curriculum for Kids with Dyslexia, ADHD, or other Learning Disabilities


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