Lexercise: An Online Resource for Dyslexia
An estimated 1 in 5 people have some sort of learning disability, and 15 to 20 percent of the U.S. population is on the dyslexia spectrum. The good news is because of its prevalence, there are a lot of resources available to help people with dyslexia. But as parents, it can be a long, difficult road to figure out exactly why your child is having problems learning to read and then finding the right tools to help them succeed.
Sandie Blackley, a speech-language pathologist, had been helping kids in many ways through her career, but when her son was in the third grade and was still struggling with reading, she became dedicated to finding ways to help children learn to read.
Sandie and co-founder Chad Myers came together to create Lexercise, a great online resource for parents and children struggling with the challenges of dyslexia. On their website, you can get free online testing, upgrade for a full evaluation and take advantage of free web broadcasts and forums that can serve as a great resource and support for parents of children with dyslexia.
The other exciting aspect of Lexercise is that Sandie, Chad and their team of clinicians can bring their expertise right into your living room. If you decide to sign up for their services, it's just like going to a professional counselor or therapist, but you don't have to go anywhere, they do everything through Skype.
"I've found that working with kids online can show impressive results," Sandie said. If you think about it, when you're in a room with someone, you feel more able to walk around, and therefore not necessarily pay close attention. But when you're communicating with someone online, if you even move a couple of feet you are no longer in their line of vision, and it's like you've left the room. Kids understand that, and will sit still for an entire session online. Lexericse uses a proprietary web-conferencing software that has writing tools like white boards and virtual markers to help make learning fun.
In addition to the online sessions with a clinician, Lexercise also provides web-based practice sessions and learning tools. Your child can go through these sessions at his own pace, and the progress can be tracked by you and the clinician. It takes the allure of online gaming and uses it to help kids improve their reading skills.