Topic | ? re: dyslexia or other reading struggles

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  • pangit
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    Have any of you looked into or used a pen reader like the C-Pen Reader or C-Pen Reader Exam? There is also a new one being developed, the Read ‘n Style.

    What are your thoughts? I don’t want to provide a crutch that keeps my DD for progressing in her reading but I do want to help her have independence. I want her to be able to do research on her own.

    If you have any experience with one, do they work well?

    retrofam
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    No experience, just a thought. Does your DD like accommodations such as the pen?  Mine don’t.  My son takes pictures of things instead of writing, and used speech to text for writing papers, but that’s it.

    He reads the newspaper now online!

    His sister did a lot of her highschool classes with him, reading aloud to him.  They enjoyed it.

     

    pangit
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    We haven’t used a lot of adaptive technology yet.  I haven’t asked her what she thinks yet ’cause we wanted to make sure that we were ok with it before presenting it to her.  So far she asks me or her sister to read everything to her.  She wants to be independent and I want her to be but I also want to know that she is reading the material correctly.  She has told me that when she is reading and doesn’t know a word she just guesses something and moves on.  She doesn’t always guess right and then has her information wrong. =(  We have put an app on the ipad that will read a word to you that you type in but she doesn’t want to take the time to type the word.

    missceegee
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    I’m not familiar with that, but my oldest is 17, graduating and dual enrolled in college. Her biggest issue is moderate dyscalculia, but she has mild dyslexia, too. It was not formally diagnosed til last fall, though I knew the issues were there. She had already adapted a lot on her own, but we pursued testing last fall because we knew college algebra would not happen and that no matter what, she would need help for math.

    We have used lots of Kindle books with whispersync audio and just plain audiobooks over the years, a big help. Kindle also lets her easily look up words or enlarge the font.

    In college, she has been granted full accommodations beginning this summer term. She completed two terms and 4 classes without them and has a 4.0 gpa, but she’s taking math this summer and help is for sure needed. However, she’s trying some accommodations in her other two summer courses (humanities and speech) as well. She is using a note taker this summer for all classes. This is especially helpful because she has a shoulder injury, though she struggles to pay attention and take notes. She’s also been granted extra time/quiet room for testing, formula reference sheets for math classes, scribes for tests, free pdf versions of any textbooks to use on kindle, handouts of lecture notes, and more. She and I are both looking forward to seeing how it works out. I think she can manage the reading based courses w/ her own adaptations for the most part, but she’s certainly going to need and take advantage of everything possible to help her survive math.

    missceegee
    Participant

    I forgot to mention, ipad has a text to speech function to read the screen to you.

    ]With the kindle app, you can touch a word and bring up the definition, too.

    Karen
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    Have you considered doing the Barton Reading and Spelling Program? My concern with anything adaptive is that the true cause (dyslexia, eye problems, whatever) is being masked.

    Any thing you can do to help your child is fine!  But I encourage you to seek the root cause, no matter your child’s age or stage.

    missceegee
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    I taught my daughter to read by teaching her to spell using Spell to Write and Read which is an O-G program.  I did it because it made most sense to me not because I was aware of any issues she may have had. However, that teaching is likely why she has adapted so well.  Had the strongest foundation possible and built to the highest level she could.  I do recommend doing all you can to improve her abilities as Karen mentioned. But don’t be afraid to use what works and helps!

    retrofam
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    Good point. We did a reading and spelling program of some sorts through highschool.

    His senior year he read a speed reading book, which helped immensely.

    pangit
    Participant

    I do plan for her to continue reading instruction/practice.  I just want to help her be more independent and help her finish in a more reasonable amount of time. I would like to lessen the frustration.  My concern was decreasing her reading gain by giving her a crutch.

    I do need to learn the technology better that I already have. I do have an iPad and have heard that it will read PDFs. I didn’t know that it would read the screen. I need to learn how to do those things.

    retrofam, what did you use for reading instruction through high school? I am open to other ideas/curriculum than I already had in mind. I was looking at Reading Horizons. I like that there is a completely online option. I think it would be good for both of us if she was getting her instruction somewhere else than from me.

    retrofam
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    We used the reading and spelling from Stevenson Learning, and then other things such as the Adult level of Sequential Spelling, The end of the Reading Reflex book,  and Cooking Your Way Through the SATS (TITLE?). It was tailored to my son’s needs.  Like I mentioned before, we finished with a Speed Reading book.

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