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Therapist Resource of the Week: Free Dyslexia Screening and Therapy Tools on Lexercise - featured February 11, 2011

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We met the folks from Lexercise at ASHA this year and were impressed with their online product. Lexercise's coordinated structured language routines span all language domains: phonemic awareness, word reading, spelling, vocabulary, symbol memory, sentence dictation and formulation as well as text reading.

What we just found out, however, is that Lexercise provides clinicians with a lot of free tools:

* The Lexercise Screener is a free, web-based tool that parents, teachers, physicians and clinicians can use to screen children (ages 6 and up) for dyslexia. You can read more about the Lexercise Screener here. The Lexercise Screener can be accessed from the Lexercise home page, by clicking: "Screen Your Child Now

* By registering as a Lexercise Clinician SLPs, psychologists and clinical educators can access a number of free, research-backed tools for diagnosing and treating dyslexia, including:
o Screening for Reading Problems (an article that reviews the conceptual basis for screening );
o A Lexercise Practice Plan tool that permits clinicians to build Word Banks customized for individual clients using the Lexercise Scope & Sequence, an Orton-Gillingham approach for teaching phonological, morphological and orthographic word structure.
o Word cards, sentences and phrases that follow Lexercise's explicit and systematic (phonological, morphological, orthographic) Scope & Sequence;
o A variety of structured language routines for teaching and practicing written language

Obviously, there is a paid version too, but because language-literacy impairment is by far the most prevalent communication disorder (affecting 15-20% children) Lexercise's goal is to make research-backed, language-literacy services available to more families and hence the free screeners etc. Many families have difficulty traveling to a clinic for regular services, so Lexercise has designed tools to bring services to the child's home.

SLPs, Reading Teachers and others wishing for a clinician code for access to the tools should contact Kimberly Murphy, Vice President of Clinician Development at [email protected] Each clinician will get access to the tools as well as trial memberships the children.

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Tags: Tip or Resources of Week Dyslexia Newsletter 11 February 2011