If you have a young child that struggles with reading, I would recommend you try out Dyslexia Gold. My friend’s son had the chance to check it out recently with the gift of the Dyslexia Gold Full Bundle subscription.
The title of the company is a bit misleading because even if your child doesn’t have an “official” diagnosis of dyslexia, you might want to look at this program. Maybe your child is just struggling with reading? Or maybe “doctor mom” diagnosed your child with dyslexia? Either way, this would be a program to look at to help give your child a leg up, so to speak.
What is Dyslexia Gold?
Dyslexia Gold is intended to assist your struggling reader. It is not a full reading program but can be used with whatever reading program you are already using at home (or at school). It is aimed at children ages 5 and up.
For the purposes of this review, my friend’s son had access to all four parts of the Dyslexia Gold program: Engaging Eyes, Fluency Builder, Spelling Tutor, and Times Table Tutor.
It is said to improve vision problems, phonics, and phonological awareness. They also claim it will improve reading by 12 months in a term. Of course, that is dependent on how disciplined your child (and you) are at using the program regularly. It is an evidence-based program, using neuroscience and the latest research. They have done formal trials with students and seen great results.
The website includes 4 programs. You can buy them all individually or you can get it in bundles. The reading bundle includes Engaging Eyes and Fluency Builder. Or you can go the big bundle and get all four programs. At the current prices, it is only a few more dollars to get all 4 programs, so I feel like I would rather get it all.
A glance at the 4 programs:
- Engaging Eyes is a vision training program.
- Fluency Builder works to improve phonological awareness, thus increase reading fluency.
- Spelling Tutor will teach your child how to spell 1000 common words.
- Times Table Tutor helps your child learn multiplication facts up to 12 x 12.
There is a reading test the student will take at the beginning that looks like this:
The student will then take the test again after 6 weeks to see the improvements that have been made.
Pros and Cons
There are good and bad parts to every program, but of course, those are subjective terms. I will give you my pros and cons so you can get my perspective. I would also recommend you click the banner below to read other reviews. I think it would be good to get the opinions of families who had younger kids using the program.
- Repetition: While the repetition wasn’t necessarily fun for the student, as a parent, of course, we can see the benefit.
- Math workouts: Again, the repetition of the math workouts were great. They were sometimes difficult for the student but great for retention and improvement.
- 3D Fun!: The student liked the 3D parts of the program the best. He said it was difficult to focus at first, but once he was able to focus he thought it was cool to look at.
- Games: Kids love games! With this program, they will play games to improve their vision, phonological awareness, spelling, and math skills. So, hopefully, they will have fun while they learn!
- Juvenile graphics: We had a 14-year-old using this program. Unfortunately, at that age, the graphics can seem silly and make them completely lose interest. It would be great if there was an older version of the program that had graphics that would appeal to older kids.
- British spelling: When you have a child that is already struggling to read, a word spelled differently can really throw them off. For example, the American “moldy” spelled “mouldy”, or “encyclopedia” spelled “encyclopaedia” threw him off in a major way. I understand that it’s a British company, so maybe nothing can be done about this, but maybe there could be another “American” version where the spellings will be more along the lines of the way our students would read them? That’s probably a lot to ask for, though.
- Pictures: Sometimes the pictures used for the words were a bit difficult to make the association.
Like I said before, we had a 14-year-old using this program. I definitely recommend you click the banner below so you can see what others said. I would be especially interested to read what other families said that have younger kids.
Either way, I hope you find what you are looking for to help your sweet child read!