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Marianne Everett is a visiting lecturer at the University of Massachusetts,
Amherst, Senior Faculty at Cambridge College, Cambridge, MA, and Faculty
at the National Institute for Teaching Excellence, Cambridge, MA. She
teaches Masters level classes.
"I'm always recommending your materials. I think your work is wonderful. Your interview materials are the best questions I have found because they go right to the heart of what is happening for a student, as he looks at a page of print. Also, you have worked out a comprehensive screening program for light sensitivity. Your program is an excellent diagnostic tool. I've seen it help both children and adults who are struggling readers and writers."
Lori Nelson was a Prevocational/Learning Lab Instructor at the STAR Center (Special Technology Access resource Center) in Jackson, Tennessee, when she tested "Peter." Lori has since moved to another position in this same center, however, and sent us this account to show how color was working for students she evaluated.
When Peter came in for his educational screening he was in the 6th grade. However, his reading level was approximately on a 1st grade level. After an initial reading test, it was decided by the evaluator that a See it Right! screening should be done.
When Peter was asked questions about how he feels when he reads, he stated that his "eyes and head hurt after reading for a little while." He also stated that words sometimes look like they are moving, doubled, backwards, or upside down. He said that the words sometimes seem to have no space between them and they sometimes move on the page. "The lines move up while I'm reading and then they get mixed together," stated Peter.
When reading to the evaluator, Peter used his finger to keep his place, read very slowly and hesitantly, and moved the book up and down. His mother states that she often finds him reading in his bedroom with his book off the far side of his desk,(away from the lamp). When asked why he was holding the book there, he stated that it was "easier to see it."
Once Peter started looking at the print of his reader through the colored overlays, his eyes lit up. "Wow!" he stated. "I can see it!" He carefully examined the print through all 24 overlays and finally chose True Red (color # 23). He was very excited to order it and start using it at home and school.
"I attended your workshop in Hartford on Fri. I wanted to let you know that I did the evaluation with a third grade student today and gave her an overlay to use. The results were so remarkable that there were three teachers in the room, familiar with the child, with tears in their eyes. The child commented, " This takes care of all my problems. " with the teacher stating, " I don't think she will need to come to special ed. anymore" Absolutely remarkable!
Thank You. Anne Cottle, OTR/L
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