Based on Sound Research - Dynaread contains several components which are worthy of consideration, when deciding on a reading intervention. Each component is most certainly based on sound research. Engaging Working Memory Tasks - Dynaread has an engaging working memory and short-term memory task, which most of the children I work with enjoy. I have seen and charted noticeable growth in working memory and sustained attention correlated to this task...of course there are other confounding variables to consider such as maturation, interest, and other ongoing interventions. Moreover, in keeping with previous research findings in working memory interventions, the growth is temporary. Works for Different Dyslexia Types - The word reading/exposure component tends to work more appropriately with children who have a surface dyslexia form of reading disorder. However, I am using the intervention with some students who have dysphonetic dyslexia as well, and am finding success. I find that by pairing Dynaread with Read Naturally, or PAL-2 reading interventions, I am we are able to more comprehensively support those children who have mixed dyslexia or dysphonetic dyslexia. Can be Used Independently - The program is intended to be used independently, which is great for students and teachers. However, some teachers have a tendency to send children away using Dynaread without any follow-up, discussion, or other intervention. Please be aware that Dynaread is just a tool in a carpenter's belt, and alone cannot build a house. The teacher is the carpenter and needs to use the tools appropriately to build the right house. Dynaread is an excellent tool to have available, and I recommend it often to families and colleagues.About Dyslexia Diagnosis - I would like to express a word of caution on the dyslexia "assessment." A formal diagnosis for Dyslexia involves much more than a 15-minute test. -- Reaction by Dynaread: We agree 100%. Our free testing screens for characteristics of dyslexia. We do not formerly diagnose, but rather identify key characteristics symptomatic for dyslexia.
Reviewed by Devon Palmer, M.Ed, R. Psych., Registered Psychologist, Chinook School District, SK, Canada