One of our major competitors refers to teaching dyslexics to read as “Therapy” or “Treatment”. The term therapy is defined as a treatment intended to relieve or heal a disorder. Dyslexics don’t need to be healed. Dyslexia is a not disease but rather a learning difference that impacts the ability to read. The good news is that all dyslexics can learn to read with proper explicit and systematic instruction.
Dyslexics have brilliant minds and amazing gifts in other areas! Art, spatial skills, building, inventing, acting and many more areas benefit from and are loaded with people who are dyslexic. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. Reading is a weakness for dyslexics that can be improved with proper training and the grit to succeed. That is why Online Reading Tutor calls it training. It just like training for a sport. The brain needs to practice, practice, practice so that learning to decode and becomes automatic and fluent.
Online Reading Tutor provides Orton-Gillingham based training along with the benefit of a one-on-one tutor to help the student through the program. Our research based program along with daily training literally builds new neural networks to the reading centres in the rear left of the brain.
80% of students diagnosed with a learning disability have dyslexia. It is much better to consider dyslexia to be a learning difference and a specific reading disorder. The dyslexic brain learns differently and dyslexics can learn many things very well. Dyslexics are not brain damaged. Dyslexics, in fact, seem to have a distinct advantage when it comes to thinking outside the box. People with dyslexia may be bestowed with right brain gifts including being creative, good problem solvers and intuitive. They DO NOT need Therapy but rather explicit reading instruction using an Orton-Gillingham based approach. At Online Reading Tutor we use Orton-Gillingham methodology, and guarantee grade level reading comprehension when the student completes the training stream for their age and grade level. 95% of our students achieve this in under 90 hours on-task training.