Using specially timed sound parcels that gradually build up in speed, Cellfield fills in the auditory blanks that struggling readers often have. This allows them for the first time to hear words they are reading properly at the same pace a typical readers, which leads to better fluency and autotomized reading that takes up less space in working memory.
Once Connections are made, reading can be learned smoothly.
Cellfield Creates Connections.
Our eyes see words coming in peripheral vision before we actually look at them, and sound structure follows almost instantaneously. By the time words come into central vision, fluent readers already understand what they are reading. When words are scanned in peripheral vision, it frees up processing capacity in working memory to think about meaning.
Typical students usually improve their reading age by 1 month for every month of schooling (1:1) . Successful tutoring programs aim to improve reading by 2 months for every month of schooling (2:1). Cellfield students improve on average by more than 12 months in comprehension and word identification (12:1), and more than 24 months in decoding words that the children had never seen (24:1). They are finally able to catch up to their peers and reach their reading potential because the brain is now wired to read efficiently.
Beginner readers use the the parieto temporal area of the brain to read. They have to decode and identify each word individually, which causes them to read slowly, one-word-at-a-time. On the other hand, experienced readers use different neural pathways to read: the occipto temporal area of the brain. Skilled readers have automatised all the basic skills needed for reading, and can go directly from what their eyes see to meaning.
Readers who get stuck at the parieto temporal stage are stuck for neural reasons and will never be able to read fluently. Their working memories are permanently overloaded with lower order skills that they just can’t automatize, so they can’t make the transition to becoming a skilled reader. Cellfield has been developed to help these readers create new neural pathways and transition to becoming skilled readers.
How Cellfield Reading Intervention Corrects Deficits
Centuries of belief that all humans are ‘hard wired’ has resulted in a mainstream approach of compensating for dyslexia, rather than facing it head on.
Brain imaging research has shown consistent differences in how dyslexic brains are wired compared to typical readers. Brain plasticity research has shown that our brains are plastic, and that when stimulated appropriately, can change.
Cellfield trains the dyslexic brain to read more efficiently. A 2009 Cellfield study performed at the University of Tasmania, recorded neural activity during reading, using Event Related Potentials (ERP) methods. ERP results indicated neural changes only within the Cellfield group, which shifted activity from the right hemisphere to the left hemisphere “suggesting, at least neurally, a partial return to language processing which more closely resembles that of (typical) readers”.
Cellfield Students see average gains of two grade levels in twelve weeks.
WHAT DOES CELLFIELD DO?
• Improves auditory processing speed
Uses progressive acoustically modified target words in rhymes
• Improves visual processing speed
With motion graphics, moving masks, colour & orthoptic correction.
• Bonds auditory and visual functions
Simultaneous auditory, visual and orthographic remediations.
• Increases working memory capacity
Simultaneous orthographic/auditory eye/hand coordination demands with embedded text, Pidgin English & advanced mosaics.
• Improves attention
Motion graphics, tight time-outs with multi-sensory tasks & scoring system.
• Improves motivation
Through built in novelty from a radically new approach, a scoring system, and experiencing success for the first time
• Improves eye movement control
Extreme demands on eye movement due to opaque moving graphics which become moving masks and the use of corrective lenses as needed.
• Synchronises data arriving at the left hemisphere
The simultaneous orthographic / auditory, semantic and motor function shift the right hemisphere activity to the left hemisphere activity where the language centres are.
Having key functions in close proximity allows synchronisation and more efficient interconnections.