Free Dyslexia Assessment App

Could Your Child Be At Risk For A Reading Disability Including  Dyslexia?

Try our free Dyslexia  Assessment  App today to find out in under 10 minutes if you or your child is at risk of having reading disability including dyslexia. Call toll free 888 710 READ (7323) to discuss our detailed analysis of  your child’s decoding skills .

The App assesses the student’s ability to decode letter patterns or nonsense words. Letter patterns or nonsense words (sometimes referred to as pretend words or pseudo words) are made-up words. The type of letter pattern is determined by grade level.  Dyslexic readers score at risk on the App for two reasons. First because the pseudo words are unfamiliar, they are unable to rely on their good visual memory. Secondly because dyslexics processing language more slowly than proficient readers, dyslexic readers make more errors.

This table shows examples of the type of errors the App detects.

letter pattern example of visual errors  example of auditory errors
letters b / d  a / i
letter sounds q / p a / i or u / o
cv or vc ab / ba or et / te  pi / po or fu / fe
cvc jub / buj or dub / bub lan / lon or zub / zib
cvcv dode / bode lume / lome or depe / dipe
ccvc quld / puld dold / duld or rult / rilt
cvcc filt / tilt zold / zild or julp / julp
cvvc group 1 tain / nait or dain /bain fean / fain or heen / hoan
cvvc group 2 daun / naud or dood / doob laun / loun or peut / poot

Non-impaired readers can read pseudo words because of their very good phonological decoding ability.    According to Dr. Sally Shaywitz, “The ability to read nonsense words is the best measure of phonological decoding skill in children.  The reader literally has to penetrate the sound structure of the word and sound it out, phoneme by phoneme; there is no other way.” (Overcoming Dyslexia, Dr. Shaywitz, 2003, p. 133-134)  These nonsense words have not been seen before or memorized.  Dyslexics cannot hide behind nonsense words, guessing and hoping they are right.  They either have the decoding skills necessary for decoding or they do not. If their decoding skills are weak, they score at-risk on the App.

Assessing " mirror image generalization" which is a major cause of reading impairment.

Assessing ” mirror image generalization” which is a major cause of reading impairment.

Not only are nonsense words used in diagnosing dyslexia, they are also effective in teaching dyslexics to read. We use nonsense words to eliminate guessing; there is no way to accurately decode nonsense words if you have to guess.  If a student cannot guess the word, they have to use their decoding skills. This forces the student to focus on sounding words out from left to right.  Using nonsense words helps wire the  rear left side of the dyslexic brain and dramatically improves  their phonological decoding.

The App assesses dysphonetic, phonological and mirror image generalization reading disabilities which are the major causes of dyslexia.

Teaching students to decode pseudo words or nonsense words is one of the reasons our software is so effective at improving reading fluency.  Once these nonsense are mastered the student moves on to grade level real word vocabulary.

Assessing Dysphonetic Dyslexia

Assessing Dysphonetic Dyslexia

The student learns to automatically decode these letter patterns in both our visual match and auditory-visual match decoding lessons. We explain to our students that the key to rapidly and automatically decoding multisyllabic words is to know these pseudo words. Words like homogenous, surreptitious, and automaticity  are all made up of pseudo nonsense words. When decoding becomes automatic, comprehension soars.

Try our free Dyslexia Assessment App today to find out in under 10 minutes if you or your child is at risk of having reading disability including dyslexia.