LESIKUS. Good Practice Example #3

LESIKUS. Good Practice Example #3

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LESIKUS®

Country: Austria               

Age Group: 6 – 12 years

Content Area: Fostering basic reading skills

Abstract

LESIKUS® is a software in a modular system that practices and automates basic reading skills:

  • 1st reading level is letter learning, accuracy and recognition speed
  • 2nd reading level is reading accuracy, synthetic, reading fluency
  • 3rd reading level is reading speed, reading fluency
  • 4th reading level is automation, text comprehension 

with the help of six different Lesikus PC-Programs.

A systematic structure in reading is indispensable for effective support. Both the modular system and the programs themselves follow a structured step-by-step structure. All levels or the exercises in the programs build on what has already been learned and only one difficulty is ever added. Programs have been developed for parents and teachers, who do not need any background knowledge, as well as for therapists, who can use them to target the student’s difficulties. The programming of the programs is very complex: no word lists are offered in a new order, but for each exercise, new word lists are created for the respective reading performance level. 

All Lesikus® reading support programs offer a wide range of possibilities to specifically adapt the support measures in case of written language difficulties. The programs are age-independent, and the gradual increase in difficulty avoids overtaxing the child. The concepts of all Lesikus programs refer to the latest scientific findings in reading 

research and proven reading promotion methods. Only evidence-based support methods 

are used that have proven their effects in practice (rhythmic syllabication, repetitive 

reading, tachistoscopic representation of syllables or words, use of pseudo-words, etc.). 

Scientific knowledge of linguistics was included (sequence of sounds, phonological 

complexity of syllables/words, etc. 

My practical experience as a primary school teacher, as a mother of two children with dyslexia and as an LRS therapist influenced the development of the programs.

Project Website, Materials/ Examples: https://www.lesikus.com/

The following principles are applied in all programs and steps:

  • Each child is met where he or she is.
  • All programs follow the structure of systematic reading therapy.
  • All programs are independent of the textbooks used.
  • All programs are based on the latest scientific findings in reading psychology research and proven reading promotion methods.
  • Age-independent and individual: orientation towards the reading achievement level of the respective student.
  • No distracting animations – the focus is on practising reading skills.
  • Includes features for motivation, but deliberately no games, so that the children spend as little time as possible in front of the computer.
  • Structured step by step structure: All exercises build on what has already been learned.
  • Only one difficulty is added at a time, so children are never overwhelmed.
  • Effective learning: many exercises in little time (10 minutes/day).

The following graphic shows an overview of the modules with the corresponding programs to promote basic reading skills. An English language support program (reading and writing) has also been developed specifically for German-speaking children with LRS (dyslexia).

 

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