This method of intensive phonemic training plus midline exercises takes about forty-five minutes to an hour a day of one-on-one tutoring but pays off handsomely in its results. And the great thing is that parents do not have to spend much money or have someone else tutor their child. They just learn to teach using different teaching strategies and administer the Quick Score Reading Test every four months, to make sure that the child is making progress.

You will be surprised by how easy it is to achieve improvement equivalent to a two-year growth in reading skills—in just a year’s time—by investing just one hour a day in reading this new way. This method works with first-graders to eighth-graders who have dyslexia.

Are there other proven intensive phonics programs that work with dyslexia? Yes. This is just the least expensive program. For a list of some of these other good programs, just email me at

So, go wild and invest in some colored markers and pictures, and have fun teaching your child how to use his/her powerful right brain to make the learning process easier. It doesn’t have to be so hard for the child, nor expensive for the parent, to teach a child with dyslexia to be a good reader or writer, in my experience.3

Be your child’s own Resource Room teacher. No special training necessary!


1. Minds Behind the Brain: A History of the Pioneers and Their Discoveries by Stanley Finger

2. See my article, “Smart Kids Who Hate to Write,” on my website to see this subject described in depth.

3. To learn about the step-by-step teaching method that I used in my special education class of bright, struggling readers in school, download my Free Daily Lesson Plan for a Struggling Reader. To read further about the “Chemistry of Dyslexia” (why it seems to run in families, and the role of the child’s immune system), see the article titled “Essential Fatty Acids and the Brain” on my website, The research is powerful!  

Copyright 2012, used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in the July 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the family education magazine. Read the magazine free at or read it on the go and download the free apps at to read the magazine on your mobile devices.

Publication date: April 12, 2013