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    Default Dyslexic Reading Program for 8th Grader

    I don't even know where to start on this. I guess the gist of my problem: I would like to have some suggestions on curriculum/programs for a most-likely profoundly dyslexic 8th grade boy who is reading at probably a 2nd grade level.

    I'm just about in tears as the years and years of struggle finally come to this realization--that he could have had help a long time ago, but for lack of understanding on my part and total disregard for my concerns from professionals, and an inability to spend thousands of dollars.

    So, I'm looking for programs that are less than $300, that are pretty independent (we can't afford tutors, nor do we live in an area where there are likely any), and can be used by a teenager without making him feel like a 'baby.' Any help or advice would be welcome. I found a dyslexic homeschooling blog that had some recommendations, and so based off of that, I am looking at Logic of English Essentials and Reading Horizons Elevate, but I don't know if there are some other great ones out there. I would also like to hear if people prefer using a print-version program, or an online program. I'm old fashioned and like things in print and my son has professed a preference for reading in print (not that he reads anything), but I'm working out of the home more these days, so an online program might be better for us.


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    You might want to look at the book Reading Instruction for Adolescents & Adults.
    Reading Instruction for Adolescents & Adults - Academic Success For All Learners

    It is not fancy. It is not super engaging. It is rather dry.

    HOWEVER it does allow you to move from the most basic levels through multisyllabic words without insulting the learner with "kid-stuff."

    There are some fluency builder books that can be used once the student is up to about a 3rd-4th grade reading level, IIRC.

    Another title that can be a bit fusty to use, but developed really strong skills in relatively short order with the student's I have used it with, is MegaWords, an EPS product. I've never had a student who didn't just take off by leaps and bounds after the first few books.

    If you need earlier instruction than about 4th grade, I'd start with the Reading Instruction for Adolescents and Adults, then move to doing that along with or replaced by Megawords when the student is able to read most single syllable words with basic sound/phonogram patterns (including digraphs like ai, ow, etc.)

    Hope that helps!

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    I used both All About Reading as well as Logic of English.

    All About Reading offers a lot of practice through phoneme flashcards, worksheets, and readers that match each lesson. I especially liked the readers, because they offer the ability to practice what has been learned or is currently being learned without being frustrated by phonics that have not been learned yet. The program does not offer instruction in spelling, but one thing at a time. It is for younger children, but is not childish or babyish. I would still highly recommend it as a place to start for reading, that said, there may be a better program geared towards adults out there.

    Logic of English is also an excellent program. I used it after finishing AAR. It focuses more on phonemes, phonics, morphemes, rules for spelling and grammar. There are no accompanying readers, so you would have to pull those for practice on your own. There are worksheets, and a ton of flashcards to memorize.I felt like the major focus of this program is on spelling and spelling rules, which is necessary, but it may be a bit more of a challenge getting the program to immediately translate to reading.

    Both programs require high parent involvement and can, at times, feel tedious but I found the results were worth the time and money.
    DS 15, DD 13
    Year 9

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    What do the public schools near you use?
    I had a hard time finding something for my SN son.... I was even scouring what deaf schools use to teach reading. I never got a good answer.
    At least here there is a resource that may help.
    It seems that the issue isnt so much learning the phonics, but coping with how the letters trick him and change their appearance on him.

    You also might want to focus the time you have with him on learning to read, putting aside other subject areas (or making them less important). Literacy really is the foundation of everthing.

    My mother in law is dyslexic, and didnt learn to read until her kids were learning. I think it was pretty profound affecting her self-esteem.
    My only tip would be to ask dyslexic people what strategies they use, if Google doesnt help you out.

    Best wishes that you can find something to help him navigate this!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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