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Lexercise: a blended-learning support system for clinics and schools

LEXERCISE IS A BLENDED LEARNING SYSTEM THAT SUPPORTS STRUCTURED LITERACY (aka ORTON-GILLINGHAM) INTERVENTION 

Blended Learning combines traditional face-to-face teaching and learning methods with computer-mediated methods.  The goal in blended learning is for humans (teachers, clinicians, parents) to do what they are best at (e.g., providing explicit instruction, emotional support and motivation, evaluating progress, adjusting practice plans, discussing, connecting and expanding learning possibilities) and computer to do what it is best at (e.g., intensive, structured practice and data tracking).  It can be a powerful combination!  Here is how Lexercise does it:

I.  FACE-TO-FACE SESSIONS FOR EXPLICIT INSTRUCTION-  Face-to-face, interactive, direct instruction is a component in all research-backed interventions. The main goal of the face-to-face session is explicit instruction and initial practice of specific concept(s) and/or instructional methods.   There are two ways to deliver direct instruction using Lexercise:

  1. Professional Therapy-  A therapist meets with a student for the weekly face-to-face, direct instruction sessions. A professional therapist can assess a student and customize intervention to meet specific needs.  Professional Therapy Plans are especially appropriate for older students and adults (whose mastery tends to be scattered) and students with specific areas of difficulty (e.g., problems with letter formation and handwriting, problems attention and/or anxiety, or with listening comprehension). In Professional Therapy the therapist meets the student face-to-face in a web-conference, selects relevant materials for the student from Lexercise's online library of materials and exercises and puts them on the screen where both the student and the therapist can interact with them using markers and other annotation tools. For students who are minors, the parent also attends these sessions and parent-training is included in the program.
  2. Basic Therapy- A teacher, teacher-aide or parent leads the interactive, face-to-face lessons using their computer and the on-screen Lexercise Basic Therapy media player. Parent training is built in to Basic Therapy. Each lesson takes a total of about an hour to complete, but lessons can be divided into shorter segments (e.g., 20 min. each).  The only curriculum available in a Basic Therapy Plan is the Lexercise Structured Literacy Curriculum (an Orton-Gillingham approach), but this is the type of intervention that is appropriate for the majority of struggling readers and speller. Parent and teachers who use Basic Therapy are all assigned to a Lexercise Therapist who they can contact if they have questions or need help. 

For more about these two plans see: Lexercise Therapy

 II. DAILY PRACTICE  - After the face-to-face session the Lexercise online learning management system provides the student with practice is designed to be brief and to be done at least 4 days a week.  The main goal of the practice is review and reinforcement for concepts and patterns covered in the face-to-face session. Using Lexercise students get about 500 times more practice opportunities than in conventional intervention. There are two types of practice:

  1. The student practice takes about 15 min., using the student's online practice dashboard. This practice is designed to be done independently and includes brief review videos and practice in the form of digital games. 
  2. The adult + student practice takes about 15 min., using the parent dashboard (or, in a school, the teacher dashboard)

The length and type(s) of practice is customized by the therapist in Professional Therapy Plans. In Basic Therapy, practice is automatically coordinated with the lesson, and the student unlocks the next lesson after completing 4 days of their assigned practice. 

WHO CAN BE A LEXERCISE THERAPIST?  Qualified clinicians (e.g., educational therapists, academic language therapists, psychologists and speech-language pathologists) can use the Lexercise platform to provide research-backed therapy to their clients. Using Lexercise requires clinical expertise (e.g., knowledge and skills in the use of individually administered assessments and therapeutic approaches) so Lexercise requires its therapists pass the Lexercise Qualification Exam.

Professionals who are not yet trained in a structured literacy (aka Orton-Gillingham) approach but would like to be trained can take our online courses, pass the exam(s) and then use our teletherapy training to learn how to provide services using teletherapy. 

For more information about using Lexercise in your home, community center or school contact Support@Lexercise.com

 

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