No. We are specifically screening for a lack of saccadic fixation and offering remediation if the condition is present. 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. The program is designed to first of all identify a saccadic fixation dysfunction through screening (a series of 3 timed eye movement tests). 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. Reading is a very complex process. Almost 99% who follow the remediation process will improve their eye movement control for reading ability. The more poor eye movements are a part of the reading problem, the more reading will be improved.
People of any age can be screened for saccadic fixation and perform the remediation techniques necessary to help correct a dysfunction. The eye movements used for reading are not inherited, they are learned and if someone never learned them or lost them due to a head injury or age they can be relearned.
The Read Between the Lions Program was developed by volunteer Lions clubs members belonging to the Washoe County Lions Sight Conservation Committee, in Reno, Nevada. These volunteers donated all the time and resources necessary to develop the program, which was developed and tested in three elementary schools. Once totally developed, these Lions offered the program online for anyone to use and download for FREE. Because saccadic fixation dysfunction affects 20% of the general population, reaching as many people as we can is the goal of Lions in service.
No. The Read Between the Lions Reading Skills Program for All Ages was developed by Lions volunteers and stands alone.
Yes ,by the Read Between the Lions committee however, The Read Between the Lions Program is FREE for anyone to use. Never, ever pay anyone a fee to use this program.
Remediation is performed by the person utilizing the program, in whatever location applies, including homes, schools, libraries, or anywhere! The initial remediation takes only 10 minutes a day, every day, for 36 days (a total 6 hours). Our goal is to make the remediation tools available for use by everyone. The remediation can be performed by any person utilizing the program and consists of repetitive focusing techniques, done in time to a metronome, including an eye-hand coordination fine motor skill.
We recommend that after 15 days of remediation, you again do the 1,2,3 screening and see the difference in the two scores. Many folks do not need to complete the recommended 10 minutes a day for all 36 days.
No. We do not gather any personal information or data, so we have nothing to track or sell.
For our statistics, we only record the age of the person being screened and the screening results (Age Appropriate, Borderline, At Risk). After recording the results, the page used to record the screening results is given to the person that was screened.
No. There is no certification. Individuals wishing to use this FREE program in their local schools must work with their schools. Every school district is different. Speaking only to experience in Washoe County School District (Nevada), the school district requires volunteers to go through a background check, and volunteers must re-apply every year.
The program is available for use 24/7 online. Screening and remediation can be done anytime, anywhere.
Yes. We hold meetings the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, at 7:00 p.m. PST. More meetings may be scheduled, depending on the demand. Please contact Info@ReadBetweenTheLions.org for the link to the next meeting. Also please contact us if we can schedule a zoom meeting for your service organization.