We are underestimating the reading ability of struggling readers.

The enemy is not the parent or the child. The enemy is the instructional approach. Change the approach and you will change the child's performance - regardless of age, classification or prior reading ability.

Researchers cite first ever evidence of actual brain rewiring in poor readers:

For thirty years, Failure Free Reading is the program schools and districts rely on for their chronically struggling students.

Let Failure Free Reading's non-phonic first intervention help you tap into the brain's neuroplasticity and visual reading pathway.

Brain imaging researchers from Carnegie-Mellon University and The Massachusetts' Institute of Technology have documented that Failure Free Reading's non-phonic reading intervention actually rebuilds cortical brain cells in the brains of poor readers, which was the first ever evidence of actual brain rewiring in poor readers.

Brain researchers have found that the brain has two pathways for recognizing words. One pathway is phonic and the other is visual. Both pathways work. Both pathways compliment each other. Even better, one pathway can carry the load when the other pathway falters.

The study showed, at the one year follow-up scan, dramatic visual evidence that reading interventions can actually rebuild cortical white matter in underperforming brain areas of poor readers - bringing them back to the normal range.

Failure Free Reading was the study’s only non-phonic intervention. Showing conclusive evidence that there are non-phonic alternatives for students with audiological processing deficits.

Published in Neuron 64, 624-631 December 10, 2009, this landmark study extends the seminal results of a joint research study involving Carnegie Mellon and MIT brain imaging researchers published in Neuropsychologia. Both studies documented actual brain rewiring in students with sentence comprehension and word reading difficulties.
Failure Free Reading allows students, who don’t easily get phonics, to tap into the brain’s exciting non-phonic, visual pathway.

Failure Free Reading is a nationally recognized reading comprehension program for students truly struggling to learn how to read with meaning and expression. Failure Free Reading is particularly strong with students who don't get phonics or read aloud with little or no comprehension.

Did you know?

“Four Facts about Phonics”

Reading Researchers have found that:

1. 3 out of 10 students don’t easily understand phonics.

2. Phonics is painfully slow to teach.

3. Phonics is not necessary in learning to read.

4. One reading approach - which actually taught over 75 million students to read with full comprehension - never taught a single phonic lesson.

Failure Free Reading, which is designed to instill confidence, is very fast-acting and extremely parent and child friendly. Parents are given two instructional online options:

(1.) child initiated, self-paced, multi-sensory talking software lessons, complete with video instruction, or

(2.) adding a scripted parent-led guided-reading instructional component that precedes the child's online software instruction.

The amount of parent involvement is directly related to the child's daily progress.

Most children should do well working independently from the twenty to thirty minute, self-paced online instruction. Some, however, might need the parents to use the easy to follow scripted preteaching lesson prior to the self-paced instruction.

The product, which is 100% digital, also includes downloadable reinforcement activities. Failure Free Reading's 100's of daily lessons and thousands of reinforcement activities teach mastery of the critical academic vocabulary deemed necessary for reading success, from beginning 1st grade up to SAT/ACT.

The program's diagnostic assessment quickly identifies the child's current academic reading grade level and then automatically places the child in the Failure Free Reading story that best corresponds to this level. The program teaches a page a lesson from the selected story. It is recommended that the child complete at least one lesson a day.

Parents can easily review their child's daily progress in clear concise, understandable graphic reports. Parents can use this program with all of their school-aged children including children with special needs provided their special needs child or adolescent has a developmental age of six years old. Failure Free Reading is the visual antedote for children who hate to read, are truly struggling or can sound words out with zero comprehension.

There is help.

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What Educators Across the Nation are Saying About Failure Free Reading:
  • "Failure Free has been a wonderful program for our students at West Lowndes Elementary. We have seen tremendous improvement and growth. Most of our students have increased one to two grade levels. Our students have become more excited about reading. Failure Free has truly made a difference." Katetria Harris, Read 180 Teacher. Columbus, MS
  • "I was flabbergasted at how well it worked. Two of my 5th graders had not progressed much in five years of school. In one year, they moved from DRA 4 to DRA 18, and Guided Reading Level D to K." Tania Fey, Behavior/Resource Teacher, Morningside Elementary, Comal ISD Texas
  • "I see progress in the students’ ability to read more fluently and to utilize contextual guessing as a reading strategy. This has really made a difference in the lives of my students." Special education teacher, Anne Arundel County MD
  • "L.P. is a 4th grade student with a disability of speech and language impaired. After 42 hours of instruction in Failure Free, he had an increase of 30 words correct per minute as measured by DIBELS benchmark assessments. His Sight Word Efficiency increased 19 percentage points on the TOWRE." Special Education Teacher
  • "One of my students, a virtual non-reader, is both ELL and LD. Her parents do not speak English. Prior to FFR she was made fun of because she couldn’t read. Now, she bugs me to get on the computer do FFR. She is very disturbed when she can’t do FFR. She is very motivated and has made great progress." Alexandria, a teacher in Mt. Vernon, NY at the end of a four-week trial evaluation
  • "This is the second year I have taught Failure Free. In the first year, my students demonstrated a 221% increase in their ability to comprehend, as measured by Maze (AIMSweb®) comprehension assessments. Every student has improved in his or her ability to read and comprehend. My students are enthusiastic about reading and eagerly participate in small groups. The stories are age appropriate and all of my students are able to relate to the stories. Above all, my students are more confident about their ability to read. I would recommend Failure Free to any school district that is seeking help for their most challenged readers." Hannah Saland, special education pullout teacher, Clayton Ridge Middle School, Guttenberg, IA
  • "I am writing this letter to inform you how well (our) students… are progressing... The students have developed confidence in their work and their confidence has translated into improvement in their other academic areas… I would recommend Failure Free to other educational institutions where the students are reading two or more levels below grade level. It’s worth the investment." Gloria Boyce, Reading Teacher, Carol and Frank Biondi School, Leake & Watts NY
  • "We began implementing Failure Free Reading about a year ago as a Tier 3 intervention. The program has proven to be effective in helping non-readers when everything else seemed to produce little to no results. Because of (this) success, special education teachers have started asking about… using the program... We have even had parents and community persons request the use of the program..." Angel Meeks, Curriculum Director, Holmes County MS
  • "Wow, what a difference it made! I chose three of my lowest fifth grade readers… These kids had almost given up on trying to learn to read. All three students improved on their reading. I saw a complete attitude change in these three students the very first day after they did the first lesson in the program… (they) couldn't wait to come to my class…This is a great intervention for the teacher to use who has used everything else with her non-readers and nothing is working with those students." Sara Jones, Special Education Teacher, Haysville (KS) Public Schools USD 261
  • "Failure Free Reading is an effective reading intervention for our students who have been resistant to phonics-based reading instruction. Within the first week of implementation, the students participating were excited they could read a story. They love to say they can read now." Reading Resource Teacher

“There is hope for your chronic non-responders! I developed Failure Free Reading for my most in need students, and now we can help yours!”
— Dr. Joseph Lockavitch, Founder & Author

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Failure Free Reading Home Edition Reviews

This article is in collaboration with Failure Free Reading.

Failure Free Reading Home Edition builds off the belief that when it comes to struggling readers, we often underestimate the level of their ability as well as using the same instructional approach to reading. Instead of using the same approach, Failure Free Reading believes by changing the approach and the child’s reading abilities will improve, regardless of age, or reading ability.

Failure Free Reading Home Edition is a nationally recognized reading comprehension program for struggling readings, especially those in which a phonics-based program has failed to produce adequate results as well as for students who can read aloud but display little to no comprehension of the information they have read.

The program is designed to be both parent and child friendly. Parents are given two instructional online options: (1.) child initiated, self-paced, multi-sensory talking software lessons, complete with video instruction, or (2.) adding a scripted parent-led guided-reading instructional component that precedes the child’s online software instruction.

Failure Free Reading is 100% digital and also includes downloadable reinforcement activities. Failure Free Reading’s daily lessons and thousands of reinforcement activities teach mastery of the critical academic vocabulary deemed necessary for reading success, from beginning 1st grade up to SAT/ACT. A diagnostic assessment helps to identify the child’s current academic reading grade level and places the child in the instruction that corresponds to this level.


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Thank you to Brenda Prince from Counting Pinecones for writing this introductory article.

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