kind of music should you have on the CD-rom?
kind the student likes, except rap. The student can't concentrate
on the spelling exercise against rap. Rock and roll or classical are equally
effective as long as they are not too loud.
Does he use the I-Card when he is reading sentences
in RfS Phonics?
How many pages should he do in one lesson in the phonics
A. Who knows?
It depends entirely how easy the page is, how severe his dyslexia,
and how fast he goes. You decide by time, not pages. He should
spend about fifteen or twenty minutes in the phonics book.
How far he gets is immaterial as long as he is working and
not unhappy. You just write down where he stopped so you know
where to start the next day.
How often do you do EL?
day. You should do either the spelling discs or the I-Card every day,
and you can do both in one day if you only have one student
and he is more or less caught up in the rest of the material.
If you have two students, you can put one in the earplugs
at the end of the table and work with the other with the cardboard.
A student works by himself in the earplugs, but you must work
with each student individually when he is reading in the phonics
book. After they have both put in their fifteen minutes, you
can swap them or stop and do something else with both. Don't
forget the workbooks.
are two workbooks in the material, one with phonics and spelling
exercises and one with syntax, grammar, and composition. It
tells you in the material what to do with them.
Can a student read books on tape or CD while he is in the earplugs?
Would that help?
A. No. The
tapes are designed to make the student match a sound with
the letter that represents it - sound-symbol matching. The
point of the tape exercises is for him to hear the sounds
in the word and write down the letters that represent them,
in the same order as he hears them. This is an ear to eye
exercise. In the phonics book, it is just the reverse - eye
to ear. He needs both. Hearing a book while he looks at words
is not the same. Both EL exercises stress proper sequencing,
which is one of the dyslectic student's worst weaknesses.
If he is merely looking at words while somebody else pronounces
them, he only sees them as a pattern - a right hemisphere
activity which is a NO-NO. Dear me!
The school told me my child had a visual perception problem.
Why should he have all this phonics?
perceptual" is a phrase used when a person reads things
in reverse (like was for saw) or omits syllables and endings.
It is a misleading term, because the reason this happens has
nothing to do with the eyeballs. The reason is that the right
hemisphere is controlling the reading, and it doesn't care
about letter order. It has no auditory criterion for judging
whether HOUSE, for instance, is pronounced house, home, residence,
or maybe igloo. The dyslectic individual has perfectly good
eyes and sees the same as everybody else. It is just that
he doesn't pronounce words according to the line-up of letters.
Such people especially need training in phonics.
Why can't I skip anything if my student is doing well?
A. For the
same reason that football players don't skip the push-ups
just because they do them well. Your dyslectic student needs
the mental exercise he gets from sounding out words. If your
student is doing well, just go through the material a little
The guidance counselor told my son that he would have to
have two years of foreign language to get into college. He
can't even spell in English. How is he supposed to learn another
A. The guidance
counselor is mistaken. There are plenty of excellent colleges
that will waive the language requirement for someone who is
dyslectic. A dyslectic student can even get untimed college
can I teach spelling rules when I was never taught them myself
when I was in school?
A. A very
good question. For your convenience, here they are:
Spelling Rules or
see them at the end of Disarming Dyslexia.
Where can I find the Reading from Scratch Program?
purchase the Reading from Scratch
or by calling 1-888-848-6243 in the U.S. and Canada, or 1-603-621-7612
from anywhere else. The package costs $234.45 and includes:
- 2 pocket earphones. Example: Radio
Shack Catalogue #33-175B
- 4 RfS Spelling CD's
- Set of magnetic lower case plastic letters
- The RfS teaching material
- Disarming Dyslexia
will also need:
- two inexpensive CD players
- a couple of music CD's of your choice