Read Between the Lions is a reading skills program specifically developed to address a lack of saccadic fixation, developed by Lions Dr. Richard Meier O.D. and Janyce Rossall. The program is volunteer managed by Lions Clubs of Nevada District 46 members, Reno Nevada by committee having developed, adapted, and implemented the Read Between the Lions Reading Skills Program for All Ages.
Saccadic fixation is a keystone visual skill defined as the jump eye movements NECESSARY for reading. These micro jump eye movements are a result of the simultaneous and coordinated use of 12 different extra-ocular muscles, 4 intra-ocular muscles, and 4 separate cranial nerves. If these muscles are not working together, they can be trained using proven remediation techniques to work together more efficiently.
The ultimate goal of the RBTL program is to provide a means to first of all identify a lack of saccadic fixation through screening and secondly to help achieve saccadic fixation through a remediation regimen using repetitive focusing techniques.
Early detection is obviously the key to getting children on track for successful reading; persons as young as 3 and as old as 103 have been screened for saccadic fixation.
The program is designed to first of all identify a saccadic fixation dysfunction through screening (a series of 3 timed eye movement tests). Statistically, during each screening session we expect to find that at least 20% of people of all ages screened will be identified as needing varying degrees of remediation.
Provide Remediation for Persons At-Risk
The next step is to offer effective, user-friendly remediation proven to train the eye muscles to work together efficiently by using repetitive focusing techniques, done in time to a metronome, including an eye-hand coordination fine motor skill.
Initial screening takes about 5 minutes per person and the program's recommended initial remediation for those needing to get on track is a total of 6 hours (10 minutes a day, every day, for 36 days), with rescreening after 2 or 3 weeks to monitor improvement.
NO Cost to Users and Volunteer Managers
The program is a recognized reading tool and is available online for use for FREE by EVERYONE, including teachers, who are welcome to incorporate the program into their individual curriculum. You can make a difference in someone’s life today by helping people achieve improved reading skills. Learning, adopting, and integrating the program in your community is as simple as 1,2,3! Access free forms here
Read Between the Lions is being used in elementary schools in the Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada with proven results.
Zoom meetings for discussion, screening training, and more are held the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. PST. Please email Lion Janyce Rossall to request
Ideas for how volunteers can help implement Read Between the Lions Reading Skills for All Ages into Lions Clubs initiatives such as events, Leo Club service, vision screenings, health fairs, literacy events, KidSight USA, and Reading Action Program plus pre-schools, tutoring, youth based organizations, school districts, community events, online screening, and libraries including blueprints and volunteer support.
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