Scientific Learning Systems Group Presents
Produces a Closed Circuit of Information for a Struggling Student
to Achieve Success
Samantha, a 14-year-old teenager, who is meeting her educational
challenges with the help of WYNN.
is an incredibly vivacious and remarkable teenager!"
says Elaine Huot, the language specialist who has worked with Samantha
for seven years.
Elaine says to understand what remarkable progress Samantha
has achieved, we should know her history.
Samantha was born premature at 36 weeks and at four hours old,
required emergency surgery to correct a blocked intestine.
At only four months of age, Samantha suffered from cardiomyopathy,
a heart condition, and needed an emergency heart transplant.
The critical conditions and essential surgeries that she underwent
before her first birthday have had an immense impact on her cognitive
and physical growth.
Samantha entered school with significant gaps in her early learning
as a result of her physical development challenges. Due
to her delay in developing fine motor, visual, and language
skills, Samantha received intense therapy for visual motor
integration and years of speech therapy. To this day, her schedule
is busy. She attends a full day of school followed by
after-school speech therapy, occupational therapy, and one-on-one
language training with Elaine.
Several factors contribute to Samantha's struggle with language
development. First, she has difficulty with receptive language
and perceptual reasoning. Her test scores in 2005 indicated a below
average score in vocabulary, word reasoning, letter-number
sequence, coding, and symbol searching. Secondly, with
weaknesses in long-term memory and thought processing speed,
her ability to read fluently and retain main ideas with
supporting details is very limited. By 7th grade, Samantha needed
to decode multi-syllable words in all core subjects. Reading
assignments in all subject areas became extremely difficult.
Answering comprehension questions was an enormous frustration.
She needed tools that would help facilitate learning and aid in
the expression of ideas. Tools that would support her strengths
of immediate recall, verbal presentation, and visual learning were
essential for success.
Elaine says, "In the seven years I have worked
with her, we have focused upon a multi-sensory learning approach
with a heavy emphasis on the visual and kinesthetic
input of information. Sammy loves singing, rhymes, and
artwork. Whenever possible I taught her language and math concepts
using these modes of presentation. As the reading
content in her core subjects became more complex, I needed to find
other sources of assistance for Sammy.
I introduced Sammy to
WYNN, and it has made all the difference in her academic
Elaine cited examples of how Sammy's use of WYNN allows
her to read and comprehend written handouts in science and social
studies and to enjoy literature:
- Using WYNN's green Reading Styles toolbar, Samantha can
replay the content information at her own pace.
- Customizing WYNN's reading and writing environment to meet Samantha's
needs has helped immensely with her comprehension of grade
level texts and her written assignments.
- The Dictionary feature enables her to look up word
meanings instantly without losing her place in the text.
- Using Wizard's scanning function, Sammy is actively accessing
a text-only presentation of information that is supported
- Samantha is able to cut and paste text into lists for studying
and to help her construct logical detailed responses for her daily
- The use of the "Word Predict" tool has made the writing
process smoother, relieving some of the frustrations of the mechanics
"Using WYNN has lead to more
time on task and completion of tasks using
correct vocabulary choices and higher level sentence structures,"
explains Elaine. She further elaborates, "Although Sammy
can not read independently at grade level, WYNN
helps her develop better receptive language skills
by reading passages to her. This enables her to
understand the textbook
concepts and vocabulary when she returns
to the classroom. For a student who has struggled with writing complete
sentences, the ease with which she can now compose,
check, and edit her work by using WYNN's Read feature
has been both a relief and a tremendous support for her.
And imagine, this multi-sensory support for
her learning new material
or procedures is completed independently
of a tutor, teacher, or parental help!"
comments say it all," I
like using WYNN with Elaine because it helps me spell, and I can
hear the words that I wrote so I can
correct my mistakes right away. Because I need another operation, I
will miss six weeks of school in March and April. I can
use WYNN to catch up on all the work they are doing in class.
I can get the handouts and have WYNN read them to me and look up
words in the dictionary that I don' t know. I know using WYNN
will help me get through this school year and I will do great."
I am sure that all our readers join in wishing Samantha the
very best. With her strong motivation and wonderful spirit,
Samantha will achieve her educational goals. Good Luck Samantha!
We thank Elaine Huot for sharing Samantha's story with us.
Their work together is an inspiration to us all.
Keep an Eye on the News
Congress saves E2T2, hikes '07 funding.
Budget deal will boost education spending by $1.17 billion–while
funding key educational technology programs at 2006 levels.
To learn more about the funding, please go to
Bush to Congress: Renew NCLB this year
President calls for measures to strengthen math and science and
to expand options for parents.
To read more about this story, please go to eSchoolNews.com.
Tip of the Month:
Closed Circuit of Information
Elaine and Samantha are working together to create a closed circuit
of information that will enable Samantha to transfer files
between home, school, and tutoring sessions. Elaine explains that
this is essential for most of her students who struggle with
the "paper" issue each day; for example: "Oops, I forgot the handout,"
or "I thought I put it in my binder or locker," or "
I can't find my rough draft, edited copy, final copy," and
How do they accomplish this task? Here are some of Elaine's suggestions:
Drives: These are sometimes called USB Flash
Drives or Memory Sticks
Players: For instructions to use MP3 players
with WYNN, see the attachment, Learn
on the Go!
Web browsing: Using the Web is another way to
bring subject matter home. To see a summary of our new Web features
in WYNN 5.1, please visit our Freedom
Scientific Web site.
Elaine suggests that students read and reread passages within WYNN
in order to build fluency in reading grade level text. She also
recommends that the student leave the File List sidebar open while
using the yellow Writing toolbar. This allows easy movement
between the original document and the student's document.
This will help ensure correct transition of information between
From experience with her own students, Elaine recommends the use
of WYNN's short cut keys. She stresses that, for some of her
students, this feature helps them to manage the program more efficiently.
If you would like a copy of WYNN's short cut key list, please
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Freedom Scientific, Learning Systems Group, headquartered
in Palo Alto, California, provides products that are acclaimed for
their easy-to-use interface, innovative technology, and flexible
but powerful features. Designed by educational experts to enhance
the learning process for struggling students, WYNN provides reading
and writing solutions. Freedom Scientific LSG also created TestTalker,
which provides test-taking preparations and worksheet completion.
To find out more about our products, please visit us at www.freedomscientific.com/lsg.