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Frequently Asked Questions

Does my child need to do all three programs?

We live in an area that doesn't get the internet. Can we still use these programs?

I bought your program and am trying to enter the game code but it's not working.

Some games work on my device and some don't. Why?

I saved the games to my iPad home screen, but the sound doesn't work!

What's the difference between the three programs?

Is this reading program a cure for dyslexia?

Will this type of reading program help any child?

I am not a teacher. Can I still do this?

Will this help a child with APD?

What if I don't have 45 minutes a day?

Can we skip the first few easier lessons?

Can we skip around in the book?

How long before we see an improvement?

We finished the program; what's next?

Does my child need to do all three programs?

No, each program is specifically geared for a certain age group. They all start with the basics and get more difficult as they progress. If your child starts off with the program for younger students (5 & 6 year olds), then you may want to go to the next program (Blast Off to Reading! ® ) when he or she reaches 7 years old. For example, an adult should only use A Workbook for Dyslexics.

We live in an area that doesn't get the internet. Can we still use these programs?

Absolutely. In fact, the online games and tools came a few years after the programs were published and in use. You can purchase flash cards for Blast Off to Reading! ® and A Workbook for Dyslexics; the same deck can be used for both programs, or you can make your own with index cards. We also sell physical games and have free printables available for you to make your own.

I bought your program and am trying to enter the game code but it's not working.

Make sure you're entering the code for the correct book. Note that the games for Blast Off are only available for Rev D and Rev E (look on the bottom of the title page where the ISBN is for the revision). If your book is older than Rev D, then you won't be able to use the games. Also, make sure you're finding the code in the lesson portion of the book, not the answer key. Codes are not case sensitive.

Some games work on my device and some don't. Why?

We have tested our games on many devices (such as iPads, iPhones, Android phones, laptops with Chrome and Edge, and Apple computers with Safari) however, we can't guarantee that the games will work on everything that's available. On the online game page, we have a link to test if your device will support HTML5, this should give you an idea how your device will react.

I saved the games to my iPad home screen, but the sound doesn't work!

The software is written so that if the ringer is off and/or the mute is on, then you won't get sound. There is a test page that will be displayed so you can test the sound before starting the game. If you don't get the sound, check your mute and ringer. If that doesn't work, restart your device.

What's the difference between the three programs?

All three programs teach decoding in a cumulative, repetitive manner. I Can Read does not go into the depth that the other two programs go into, since it is for Kindergarteners and first graders. It will provide a spring board to teach phoneme awareness to those children who may be dyslexic and stave off many problems that these children usually encounter. Both Blast Off to Reading and A Workbook for Dyslexics will walk your student through the process of learning to read. Each lesson will introduce a new sound or rule, and then there will be exercises to review previous material as well as new. These programs both utilize flash cards (which you can purchase through our site, or make your own) and dictations (which is available for free at this site). Blast Off to Reading is designed for younger children (ages 7 to 13) with larger text, age appropriate vocabulary and it is color.

Is this reading program a cure for dyslexia?

This is not a cure for dyslexia. Dyslexia is not a disease, it is a condition that one is born with. A dyslexic student needs a reading program that provides all of the sounds and rules along with constant repetition for reinforcement. Dyslexic children are known to have poor memories (where language is concerned) and must have repetition. Using our program will not "cure" your dyslexic child, but it will get them to read, and once they start reading they will become more proficient at it. In fact, MRI studies have shown that after this type of treatment, tracking the brains of people, with and without dyslexia, during a reading task, the dyslexic brain seems to function similar to those of the non-dyslexic control group. Although this is hard work, it is very encouraging to know that you can help your child so dramatically.

Will this type of reading program help any child?

Yes, our program can help any child (or even adult) improve their reading and spelling. For example, did you know that the letter 'c' takes on an /s/ sound only if it is followed by and 'e', 'i' or 'y'? This type of information is not normally taught in the schools, and, although most people naturally pick this up, the dyslexic child needs to be taught this. Once you know all of the spelling rules and rule breakers, you can't help but become a better reader/writer.

I am not a teacher. Can I still do this?

You don't have to be a teacher to use our programs with your child (or anyone else for that matter). If you are able to speak clearly and don't have a heavy accent (or if you share the same accent with your student) you should be able to follow our programs with success. What matters most is that you have patience and are consistent.

Will this help a child with APD?

Yes, it can help children with APD (Auditory Processing Disorder). Since dyslexia and APD are related, these children are often diagnosed as dyslexic, and many dyslexic children are diagnosed as having APD. Either way, the student must learn to read in the same manner (by using a systematic approach that covers all of the sounds, rules and exceptions of our language). A Reading Program for Overcoming Dyslexia offers this approach, which your child or student can benefit from.

What if I don't have 45 minutes a day?

We suggest that you work with your child for 30-45 minutes each day. If you feel you can't do the minimum, then you may want to look into hiring a tutor. Someone must sit with the child, they can not do it on his/her own. It is preferred that the same person administer the program (for consistency), however, when needed, you can enlist the help of older siblings, friends or other relatives to help out. The program is very straight forward (even scripted) so that anyone can use it.

If your child doesn't have the time, due to too much homework being assigned, discuss this with your child's teacher (or guidance counselor) and ask if homework can be limited. A good teacher will recognize that learning to read must occur before one can read to learn and will accommodate you.

Can we skip the first few easier lessons?

The first few lessons may seem easy and can even be insulting to some children (or even adults who are going through the program), however, they are important and should not be skipped. Learning to read and write is a gradual build up, it is necessary to provide a good foundation. You may be surprised how many problems your child or student will have with these initial lessons.

Can we skip around in the book?

Do not skip around, the lessons are cumulative and build as you go. You can skip around to lessons that you've already completed for reinforcement and review.

How long before we see an improvement?

Every child is different and will work at their own pace. From our experience, it could take between 3 months to a year to complete the book, however, improvement happens much quicker.

We finished the program; what's next?

Have your child read, read and read some more. Get books that will interest your child, to help him or her develop a love for reading. Have your child read the books to you, when he/she comes upon a word that they can't figure out, use the rules of the reading program to help them. Sometimes a word is an exception to the rule, and you will have to instruct your child on how to figure out what it is (use sounds, rules, if they apply, and context). Cover up words with parts of your finger and have him/her sound them out. If possible, get books that your child can read on their own (they should be able to at this point). Encourage them to read as much as possible, since with practice they will improve. For more on fluent reading, click here.


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