Learning Tree provides research based reading techniques and principles to remediate or promote the reading and writing skills needed for students diagnosed with dyslexia, reading comprehension and reading fluency.
Wilson Reading System is a multisensory, sequential, structured reading and spelling program for students 2nd grade through adult. This is a direct instruction program with emphasis on integrating visual, auditory and kinesthetic approaches to promote reading decoding and spelling. Wilson is an Orton Gillingham (O/G) program. Students learn the structure of the English language and the 6 syllable types in order to decode and spell predictable words. Syllable introduction is sequential while constantly blending new concepts into previously decoded words and syllable rules. The student attends 2+ individual weekly sessions for several years to cover all 6 syllables types and assure mastery of concepts, skills, and procedures.
WatchWord: A Beginning Multisensory Reading and Writing Program is a research based multisensory, sequential and structured program for beginning learners. Focus is on pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, or delayed 1st and 2nd grade readers. The children make key objects to represent letters and sounds. These key objects with visual representation and “sounds” of letters promote retention. Key objects representing letters and letter sounds provide a concrete link that promotes retention. of an object that represents that letter sound. WatchWord can be used as a pre-kindergarten program by only providing the phonological processing, letters, sounds and object portion of the program. For beginning decoders and spellers, decoding and spelling is introduced one letter/sound at a time and blended into words. These same words are taken apart for beginning spelling skills. The student must attend 2+ days per week until phonological processing, knowledge of all letters and sounds have been achieved, or there is mastery of all letters/sounds as well as beginning reading decoding and spelling skills.
Fast ForWord is a neuroscience based program that rewires and strengthens cognitive processing – auditory processing; auditory memory; the auditory processing foundation of language difficulties, dyslexia, language processing and phonological processing deficits. Recent research regarding the auditory basis of dyslexia and dyslexia’s hallmark phonemic deficits has found that auditory processing speed and auditory discrimination play a leading role in the disorder. In addition, individuals with dyslexia have difficulties with sequencing letters and sounds needed for the phonemic skills of substituting sounds within words. Beginning readers may also have deficits in the ability to integrate the visual letter and letter sounds. Fast ForWord is used to create changes in brain connections to remediate phonemic deficits and promote reading progress.
Fast ForWord is based on neuroscientist’s research on the neuroplasticity of the brain, brain plasticity. Brain plasticity refers to the brain’s ability to change throughout life through mastering new skills and abilities. The brain is always changing as it responds to different circumstances and new learning. Fast ForWord rewires the brain by using exercises requiring the learner to respond to processing skills multiple times resulting in the mastery and creation of new neuropathways.
Fast ForWord is backed by over 30 years of research by 4 renowned neuroscientists including Dr. Paula Tallal and Dr. Michael Merzenich . Fast ForWord software incorporates cognitive research, neuroscience, linguistics and natural learning science. Over 250 research studies show substantial student gains during and after program completion.
Fast ForWord treats auditory processing deficits and related the related difficulties of language comprehension, auditory memory, auditory attention, auditory processing speed, auditory sequencing, dyslexia as well as other learning issues and associated symptoms of Aspergers.
Fast ForWord has provided over 2 million students in 42 countries new brain pathways for improved learning abilities. The software is now available on the iPad® and is now available in a 3-5 day protocol.
Fast ForWord Reading Series provides additional reading practice in phonological processing, phonics, word recognition and reading comprehension. There are a series of 6 individualized levels providing immediate feedback and an interactive way to achieve reading success.
To accelerate reading progress, Fast ForWord Reading Level 1 through Level 6 software develops brain processing efficiency in four key areas:
- Builds memory by developing the ability to hold a spoken word, sentence or passage in working memory while recalling letter-sound associations, vocabulary, punctuation rules or semantic information from long-term memory.
- Improves attention by requiring focused attention to listen while reading along and sustained attention across multiple passage segments and questions.
- Develops processing of images and sounds quickly enough to discriminate between their differences or of two perceptual streams, speech and written text.
- Develops sequencing by using positional clues to identify missing letters, to reorder the letters of a ‘scrambled’ word or by tracking the temporal and causal event sequences in passages to answer comprehension questions or to identify subtle differences in grammar for differences in meaning among phrases, sentences and passages.
Reading Assistant software features guided reading for students. Reading Assistant is a research based reading intervention program designed to improve reading comprehension and reading fluency. After mastering decoding abilities and reading improves, the rate in which the student reads continues to be slower than average. This is reading fluency; the speed in which a passage is read and understood. In addition, new challenging words are often encountered that are not decodable and must be learned as a whole. These word are often content vocabulary and higher level words needed for vocabulary and passage comprehension.
Reading Assistant uses guided reading automatically correcting incorrect word pronunciations, as well as practice reading fluently at an increased speed. Students preview and read the text silently, including listening to a model reading. After answering guided reading questions, students read the text aloud and take a quiz. Reading Assistant is the only reading program that “listens” to students as they read out loud, intervenes when students falter, and automatically scores students’ oral reading. No other program or e-book provides comparable real-time guidance and feedback.
- Preview and read silently
- Listen to a model reading of the text
- Record their reading
- Answer guided reading questions