By Dr. Marianne Cintron
What helps dyslexic students read at the most rapid rate?
There are some programs that take years for students to make year by year progress. And now universities are creating a program for teachers to be trained over a three-year period to work with dyslexic kids. But I have researched and proven that using music to help retrain the brain of dyslexic kids is the way to go and students are making 1-3 year gains in only 6 weeks with this method! Click here to see the program.
Therapists will discuss the many parts of the brain which work together to build the neuropathways to help kids read. But I never hear anyone talk about the left and right Angular Gyruses. Or the Corpus Callosum. The research is there. Dr. Roger Sperry won a Noble Prize on the Split Brain Theory which bypasses the corpus callosum. Using music this way also bypasses the corpus callosum. The music is sent to the right angular gyrus and the left angular gyrus is trained for phonological awareness.
This is how music can really impact the brain and rewire the dyslexic brain to read. It doesn’t remove the creativity of the brain, but helps kids read so that they develop their literacy skills, realize their full potentials, and positively impact their communities! Try the IOS app here and the Android version here.
My reading program, Step By Step Reading, is Orton-Gillingham based created with the dyslexic student in mind. I created it, after being an educator for two decades and teacher trainer of OG curriculum nationwide. I developed an accompanying app called Dunking Dyslexia which plays classical music in the left ear, while spelling exercises play in the right ear, each crossing to the opposite side of the brain. In my private practice ten years ago, students were making 1-3-year gains using a similar reading program with music in only 6 weeks. My Program has 9-Steps which daily in each step is teaching phonological awareness, the pillar of reading
In my Doctoral research, students were taught by college interns over a 12-week period and made those same 1-3 year gains!!!!!
~ The music app is based on the neuroscience of the brain how music positively affects the learning and reading of phonics. The app is the culminating activity (Step 9 of the program) after every 60 -minute intervention. Students also use music during other parts of the program. Music is sent in the left ear to the right angular gyrus giving it a job it LOVES. ~Throughout the entire reading program, the right angular gyrus is being strengthened with phonological awareness, like Pilates of the brain.
~ I captured 13 of my personal testimonies working with dyslexic kids, some with music and some without. Compare the difference. Read my book, A Message of Hope, How Music Enhances Reading for Dyslexic Students, available where books are sold. This is an excellent read for all teachers to learn about dyslexia and the use of music, and how they can help students.
If teachers are willing to be taught my reading program, with training paid by sponsors in their community to teach dyslexic kids, how great would our communities be?
This Table from my Doctoral Research. All students were at risk and entered at the 10-20% range. With the reading program, students achieved the 40% range and with music, those students achieved the 60% range after 12 weeks of intervention (25-30 days). This Table from my Private Ed Therapy Practice. The numbers reflect the various % increases of several students in multiple grade levels. The growth was remarkable! These interventions were only 6 weeks and taught by college interns and displaced teachers and subs teachers.
Dr. Marianne Cintron has two Masters Degrees, Two Teaching Credentials, and a Doctorate. She trains teachers to work with dyslexic students, focusing on the Homeschool Coaches, Charter School, nonpublic Schools, and Private Schools. Students can improve 1-3 years in only 6 weeks using a dichotic method of learning. This combines music with phonics and is cutting edge. It is based on the neuroscience of the brain how music impacts reading and phonics.