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The Read Between the Lions Reading Skills Program for All Ages is a reading skills program developed to identify a keystone visual skill, the jump eye movements NECESSARY for reading. The program was developed by Lions Clubs International Nevada District 46 Lions Dr. Richard Meier, O.D., and Janyce Rossall, with the help of dozens of dedicated volunteers who helped develop and implement the program procedures and protocol. The program is managed by the developers and a team of volunteers around the world.
Jump eye movements are 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 to work together more efficiently using proven remediation techniques. Statistically, 20% of the population, through all ages, cannot track for reading using jump eye movements. The goal is to help that 20% achieve an invaluable reading skill.
Early detection is the key to getting children on track to being successful readers. We used Nevada's 2015 Read by Grade 3 Program as our goal. It is the law in many states that children must read to a standard by the end of grade 3, or face being held back. We developed the program for use starting with first graders (6 years old). This is the age they begin to use their eyes to read. The program is in use in many states and several countries in a variety of settings, including schools, day care/learning centers, home school programs, tutoring programs, libraries, and many community events. Virtually any location is suitable to sit down and screen folks!
Screening and remediation forms are FREE. There is never a cost related. Just download and print.. Forms Library here
The program is designed to first identify a lack of coordinated jump eye movements using a screening process that consists of three timed eye movement tests, repeating lines of numbers 1,2,3. The screening is completed in about five minutes. The screening determines if a person is at one of three levels: Age Appropriate, Borderline, At Risk. Borderline and At Risk results are recommended for remediation.
Remediation for Borderline and At Risk
The next step is to offer effective, user-friendly remediation proven to train the eye muscles to work together by using repetitive focusing techniques and includes an eye-hand coordination fine motor skill. Remediation includes the use of metronomes and stopwatches to help track progress. The program's recommended initial remediation for those needing to get on track is a total of six hours (10 minutes a day, every day, for 36 days). Rescreening 1,2,3 is recommended after 15 days or so to monitor improvement.
Connect to the Program
Jitsi meetings for screening and remediation training, discussion, comments, and suggestions are held the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The link is: https://meet.jit.si/ExcitedSpeedsQuestionJovially. We also meet via Zoom on request. Please contact us to help schedule a meeting time convenient to your time zone!!
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 Info@ReadBetweenTheLions.org
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. The program is basic yet adaptable to wrap into service you are already managing.
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