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Help! My Child Can’t Read! Most Children Who Struggle in Reading Do Not Have Dyslexia.

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Too often, I don’t see a child

with reading problems

 until he/she is older. 


This is because parents wait to seek help.  They have one stressful teacher conference after another, but nothing ever really changes.  At this point, parents begin to fear that their child has a learning disability. 

Everyday, all across America, moms and dads are Googling: “Help! My child can’t read!” only to come across website after website warning them that their child probably has a learning disability.


After all, little Johnny or little Susy cannot read,

so there must be something wrong with them. 



In reality, most children are NOT learning disabled.  In fact, according to Bruce D. McCandliss of the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology Weill Medical College of Cornell University, only about 5 to 17 percent of the entire American population has actually been diagnosed with dyslexia. 

That means that most children who struggle in reading do not have dyslexia. 

I just have to ask this question:  Doesn’t it make more sense to first look  for another reason behind the inability of non-reading students  – another reason other than that of a learning disability?  It’s true that a small number of children have learning disabilities, but could the child’s reading problem possibly be stemming from the use of a flawed, inconsistent, ridiculous reading method?   

Unfortunately, too many moms and dads wait until their child’s situation gets bad enough before they question the reading methods being used in their child’s classroom – before they realize that their own personal intervention is the necessary step needed to fix the problem.

Most of the children I work with who struggle in reading are helped by giving them systematic, step-by-step phonics lessons – lessons that begin at the beginning and carry a child from simple alphabet sounds all the way through each and every phonogram.    Making certain that a child has all the building blocks necessary to sound out every word on the pageis the only way to be certain he has gained the skills to truly read everything put in front of him.

The sight reading methods taught in our American schools do not work.  They are flawed.  They have always been flawed, because these methods teach children to memorize words as whole units, relying on the picture on the page, word walls, the shape of the word and context clues to help children guess at words.   

Rudoph Flesch, author of the 1985 renown book entitled: Why Johnny Can’t Read,  stated the problem so simply when he wrote:


“ You know that I was born and raised in Austria.  Do you know that there are no remedial reading cases in Austrian schools?  Do you know that there are no remedial reading cases in Germany, in France, in Italy, in Norway, in Spain – practically anywhere in the world except in the United States?  Do you know that there was no such thing as remedial reading in this country until about thirty years ago?  Do you know that the teaching of reading never was a problem anywhere in the world until the United States switched to the present method (look/say/sight reading) around about 1925?”


Parents, we all know that children who can read every word in their textbooks are also the children who can comprehend most of what they read, who can spell correctly, who achieve higher grades in all subject areas, who go through school feeling confident.  These are the children who pride themselves in their daily accomplishments, children who pick the right kind of friends, children who pursue extra-curricular activities.

The whole package begins somewhere, and most often that package begins by making sure that a child can sound out words.  So, please, don’t wait.  When you see your child guessing at words, looking for clues in the context of the sentence, looking at the shape of the word in order to figure out what the word is, these are the first telltale signs that he/she is NOT getting systematic phonics. 

Moms, Dads, you can give your child what he/she needs early on.  For less than $10 you can give your child a complete phonics education.  Why not start that reading adventure today? 

The folks at Candy 4WAY Phonics are here to help


Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

U.S. Literacy – So Many in the United States Cannot Read. There is a Solution!

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Folks, do you personally know even just one of the 11 million adults in this nation that cannot read the English language? 


I’m asking you this because if you DO know of an adult who cannot read or an adult who struggles to read, this means that they do not have the skills they need to handle many everyday life tasks such as reading menus or grocery boxes, enjoying magazine articles or good books, understanding a bus schedule or the directions on a prescription label.


What I find appalling, however, is the fact that there are no reports indicating that adult literacy has risen in the United States since the last report published in 2003 stating that “the proportion of adults with high literacy skills fell from 20 percent in 1994 down to 14 percent.”


Folks, that’s just disgusting! After all, we live in the United States of America!  We pour billions of dollars every year into our educational programs, and for what?  So that 11 million adults in our nation can continue to NOT READ??? 


So that 11 million adults in our nation can continue to feel dumb,” when in reality, they are probably brilliant???


If you are one of these adults and someone is reading this article to you, did you know that adults who DO have the ability to read made an average yearly salary of $50,700 in 2003, and that those same statistics tell us that those lucky folks made approximately $28,000 more than you made that same year — simply because they could read and you couldn’t?


Are you getting bothered yet?  Are you getting bothered enough to do something about it? 





You can teach yourself, at your own dining room table, how to sound out every word on every page!    


If you have a computer with a CD-Rom drive and audio capabilities, then for just $19.97 you can buy a CD-Rom program from Candy 4WAY Phonics  that employs the same 4WAY Phonics Method  that was used to teach a little girl named Candy how to read back in the 1950’s.  It will take you step-by-step through 100 daily phonics lessons until you can sound out every word on every page. 


The Candy 4WAY Phonics Program will start you out with basic letter sounds and carry you all the way through every blend, every phonogram, every sight word until you’ve lost all of your fear of reading.  You see,  Candy 4WAY Phonics is NOT more of the same “reading drudgery” that you’ve already had. 


As an adult, you probably went through a school system that taught you to read by memorizing whole words placed on word walls or found in books that repeated the same words over and over and over and over again.  At Candy 4WAY Phonics we believe this type of reading approach is hogwash 

Reading should begin with learning the basic alphabet sounds and learning to blend those sounds together from left to right. After you’ve learned all the sounds of the letters and after you’ve spent time with the 100 Daily Phonics Lessons learning to blend those sounds together within words, then you will no longer be afraid to approach new words, because you’ll be able to sound out all the words you come to from left to right even if you’ve never seen the words before. 


With Candy 4WAY Phonics you will learn to do that one step at a time, one lesson at a time, until you’ve learned all the sounds and all the blends that make up all words.


In addition, with the  The Candy 4WAY Phonics CD-Rom Program  you won’t have to guess at what the letters and blends sound like, because you’ll be able to hear all of them read aloud on every Daily 4WAY Phonics LessonYou might need a little help to read the directions that come with the program, just to get yourself started, but after that, you’ll be able to actually hear every word and every blend, and every sentence read aloud on every page of the 100 daily phonics lessons – eliminating all the guesswork about what the letters and blends are supposed to sound like


Please, don’t spend the rest of your life not knowing how to read.  When you’re finished with The Candy 4WAY Phonics Program, you will not only know how to read, but after practicing your reading for a couple of years after that, you’ll be able to read better than most of the people you know



Carol Kay, President
Candy 4WAY Phonics