Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of your reading program?
Dyslexic students have made 1-3 year gains in only 6 weeks (that would be 25-30 sessions) in vocabulary, reading fluency, and/ or reading comprehension. There is much more that needs to be taught for reading intervention, but kids are “breaking the code.” I compare it to working out. Not everyone needs cross fit, not everyone needs a trainer, not everyone has to have a running schedule to lose weight. But what will jumpstart people in losing weight is cutting out sugar, white flour, foods with preservatives, and eating three “measured” meals a day. Right? So my reading program, Step By Step Reading, jumpstarts the brain to learn to read. Students can remain in our program all year, so parents may elect to stop after 30 sessions. (This only happens because parents will pay privately and it gets expensive, but what a great investment in our children!)
Is Step by Step Reading Science Based?
Yes, my doctoral research is based on the research of neuroscience Roger Sperry, who won a Nobel Prize in the 1980”s for his Split -Brain Theory in the 1960’s. My doctoral research proved that students (all entered in the 10%-20% range) who used the multisensory reading program made significant improvement after 12 weeks (and reached the 40% range). Additionally, those also using music made a significant improvement (reaching the 60% range.) Plus I saw the results over fifteen years ago when I worked as a Supplemental Education Provider. I served students over three years in five low income school districts. The results were unprecedented! When one man who was raising his granddaughter, called it a miracle, and asked if I was a doctor, I decided I needed to follow a call on my heart to pursue my Doctorate Degree. It took me seven years to earn that degree. It was no easy feat.
What kind of music do you use in the app and why?
I use classical music in the app, Dunking Dyslexia, some of our favorites like Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Mozart. Science proves that stringed instruments resonate with water, and our brain and heart are composed of 73% water.
How do you propose schools use your reading program?
It is ideal if teachers or aides are trained in the reading program and then students can be helped 1:1 or in small groups (grouped by ability) 4-5 days a week. It has even been suggested we work with the students after school, but then we’d need to train the folks serving in the afterschool programs.
What does it cost to screen a student for dyslexia and how long does it take?
I will tell you that we need a conversation, because I need to see what you will do with the dyslexia screen. I guarantee you that I am so much more affordable that outside agencies because I’m a nonprofit. Your money for the screen keeps the nonprofit going, but I offer it at very affordable prices. And the screen will take 1-2 hours depending if you are a private person or a school.
Why is the price different for private people versus schools?
Private parties pretty much suspect dyslexia and the assessment can go up to two hours to determine specifically what intervention needs to be done with the student. I use the Orton Gillingham model to determine this. Schools don’t know where to start. Since dyslexic students has average to high intelligence, I can do the first three assessments to see if the child meets the eligibility requirements for dyslexia (cognitive, academic, and phonemic awareness.) If the student doesn’t meet the cognitive requirement because they are ELL or for any other reason, we can still provide intervention, just not address it as dyslexia intervention. If a child needs reading intervention, our Step by Step Reading Program is so easy to train and implement! Even college students can be trained.