Dyslexia is mainly related to the inability of reading accurately and fluently. The impact of dyslexia is varied in children and its symptoms might differ from one age group to another. The effective approach is to begin early and incorporate in the learning curriculum the “LTK for kids” as a major component or a supplement for preschoolers and early learners.
Children of this age group have trouble identifying whether two words rhyme, struggle in recognizing the initial sound in a word, find difficulty in learning new words, and are unable to match letters to their phonic sounds. In fact, they show warning signs of dyslexia long before they actually start their schooling owing to the fact that dyslexia affects many language development skills that are essential for a strong foundation in reading. A few of these warning signs to watch out for are as follows:
- A delay in the development of language
These children tend to speak like younger kids. For instance, they might pronounce a word ‘animal’ as ‘aminal’. They might not speak much or might not know as many words as their peers.
- Changes in language processing by the brain
They hand over a fork when asked for a spoon and face difficulty in learning and identifying colors, numbers, and alphabets.
- Struggle in breaking words into their discrete sounds
These children are unable to recognize the rhyming order in words, such as cat, mat, and pat. As a consequence, they are unable to complete the rhyming sequence in rhymes like “Twinkle twinkle little…”
Later on, Dyslexic children of the school level are unable to identify the middle sound in a word or are unable to blend many sounds that make a particular word, fail to identify common sight words most of the times, quickly forget spellings of the words that they study, and get repelled by word problems in Mathematics. In addition, some common signs to keep a watch are as follows:
- Inability to decode words
The most important skill for proficient reading is the decoding of words into their individual sounds (phonemes). Children with dyslexia struggle with reading and comprehension as they are unfamiliar with the phonemic sounds of letters. Therefore, they avoid reading out loud to refrain from embarrassment.
- Lack of an interest in reading
As these children have difficulty in sounding out words, they do not understand long sentences or passages. Therefore, they find books to be confusing or boring.
Because language-tune-up kit (LTK) is a multisensory software based on the Orton-Gillingham approach it is an ideal program in a situation where you have a struggling reader! Our version “LTK for Kids” could be used as a major component or a supplemental material. It provides auditory instructions with regard to the phonic sounds of all the 26 letters of the alphabet, which could be heard multiple times. The students can hear the phonic sounds of each of the letters, record their answer and review it with the pre-recorded phonic sound of that particular letter. In addition, the LTK provides multiple hints for the children to help with the answer. The LTK for Kids program provides four-letter sequences of the letters in which the students are prompted to fill in the missing letters in the sequence. Next, the concept of word construction is introduced by the LTK where three questions are put forward to the students in order to recognize the formation of a three-letter word. Last, there is a Game Sound Check section where the LTK plays the sound of a letter and the students are supposed to choose the correct letter from a sequence of letters provided.
One of the most beneficial aspect of the LTK is its self-directed learning approach that enables the students to learn at their own pace.
By the end of the course of “LTK for kids” program, young children accomplish reading smoothly at a natural pace with only a few pauses. Furthermore, they learn to understand what they are reading!
Dyslexic children in K through 3rd grades might be unable to read familiar words, such as mat or dog, especially when there are no pictures. They might not know how to read new words by identifying the sound of the first letter in the word. Usually, they get confused or omit simple words, such as ‘to’ and ‘as’ when reading aloud, often keep guessing as to which sound which letter belongs. Young children with dyslexia struggle with the decoding of vowel and vowel combinations and could be unable to come up quickly with a list of words, such as names of 10 fruits or names of 10 vegetables.
Since “LTk for kids”is a self-directed software that helps children in learning decoding skills similar to that as taught by professional tutors this is how the program would intervene with your children’s reading difficulties:
On completion of all the 87 lessons in the LTK, the children will be able to:
- apply grade level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words
- differentiate between long and short vowels when reading
- decode regularly spelled two-syllable words with long vowels
- decode words with common prefixes and suffixes.
Thus, they acquire the foundational skills in reading ability to understand print concepts, gain phonemic awareness, and easily recognize words. Moreover, they will be able to read smoothly with expression at a natural speed. However, the parent or tutor should cross-check if the children are able to understand what they read.