Dyslexia is a relatively frequent condition and since public schools often do not manage dyslexic children very effectively, many parents are searching for help. This means that a private practitioner or an independent school that provides effective treatment for children with dyslexia can have a dramatic, positive impact in the lives of children but can also build a thriving business.
What does a clinician need to know and be able to do in order to provide effective treatment for dyslexia and to use Lexercise as a complement to effective treatment? To begin with, of course, the clinician needs to be able to diagnose dyslexia and to differentiate it from other language-literacy disorders (or as they are referred to in public schools: "learning disabilities").
Since dyslexia is basically a disorder that affects word-level processing (vs. sentence level or discourse processing or comprehension), Lexercise uses a linguistically structured (sometimes called an Orton-Gillingham) scope and sequence that begins with speech sound (phonological) processing. You don't have to be a SLP (or a linguist!) to use a linguistically structured scope and sequence, but you do need a basic understanding of English word structure and to have experience with the direct instruction methods that have been shown to strengthen word level processing.
Here is a good book that provides some of this "preparation." (Section 1 is called Preparation):
And here is good book that is a terrific overview of reading development, reading difficulties, and instruction for people with neurolinguistic disorders:
For a more detailed study of the language systems or processes that underpin language-literacy this book is hard to beat (and it's the one I use as a text book in my University of North Carolina at Greensboro on-line course, Fundamentals of Speech & Language Analysis: CSD 295) :
This is a great book written for a general audience that reviews dyslexia, dyslexia research, and dyslexia treatments:
Shaywitz, S. ( 2005) Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level. NY: Vintage Books.
Lexercise is a Web-based platform designed to improve treatment for dyslexia by: