Matthew: from reading battles to reading success!
Reading practice before Easyread was a battle! He was aware that he wasn’t as good as classmates at literacy and lost confidence in himself. He was avoiding reading and spelling at home which made homework very challenging. He couldn’t seem to use the ‘phonics’ method of learning to read which was being used at school but was much better when using visual cues. Spelling was OK when he had to learn words for a test but he wouldn’t be able to remember it the following week
What other types of reading and spelling support had been tried with him before Easyread?
School had enrolled him on the IDL system which is used for children with low literacy and dyslexia. He initially enjoyed this as it meant he and the 5 others on the programme got to go on the IPAD whilst the rest of the class didnt, but over the weeks it reinforced in his mind that he wasnt as good as the majority of the class which instead of helping him made him think he was (his quote) ‘dum’.
The Easyread Experience
Our experience was successful. The use of visual characters to relate to different sounds really suited Matthew’s way of learning. I work in an environment where we see children with dyslexia and assess children for visual stress and I just didn’t think this was the problem with Matthew. As a result I was concerned he was being potentially ‘labelled’ with this type of problem at school and wanted to try a different way to help Matthew.
The support provided by the Easy read team is very helpful and tailored to your requirements.
The decoding approach was perfect and the improvement in his reading and spelling is a joy to see. He is more confident, not just with literacy but in other areas of life too.