Testimonials

Educators, specialists and parents weigh in on the value of the Wired For Reading program.

FROM EDUCATORS AND SPECIALISTS

  • Before I start, I feel it important to let you know that Wired for Reading changed my son’s life! I’m sure you have heard many stories and testimonials but ours brings tears to people’s eyes and we owe it all to our tutor and Wired for Reading. I have been in education for over 17 years and never encountered a program that delivers such amazing results. From the bottom of my heart, as a parent and educator, thank you!!

    Educator and parent
  • I have been a teacher for close to 30 years and a special education teacher for half of that time. I am also dyslexic myself so I know how difficult it is to learn when your brain is wired differently. I found this program, while difficult to absorb in a week, to be the best comprehensive training of its kind I have attended. Not only does it target reading difficulties but also writing issues. I loved the multi sensory aspects incorporating music, color, pictures and body movements in a clever way. It will take me months to digest the program for my middle school special education students. I am energized and looking forward to the intermediate class. If you have to take a training during the summer, this should be the one.

    JAN MAXSONMiddle school teacher
  • In a short amount of time, Wired for Reading has fundamentally changed my teaching practice. I am no longer mystified by the variations in student success in reading and writing. WFR has given me the tools I need to help even my most struggling readers that used to leave me puzzled. Now I can teach these readers directly in the the classroom instead of relying on specialists and outside interventions. I used to feel like a reading teacher imposter. Now I at least have the chance of being the real thing.

    ERIKA JOHNSONFirst grade teacher
  • I share the Wired for Reading web site and training with others. I have said to many people over the years that I believe Laura is personally and significantly changing the nature of reading instruction in the Puget Sound Area for the better. Laura will never know all the teachers and students she has helped move forward in this area. I know her work will continue to have a rippling effect for years and years to come. I personally will be forever grateful for all I have learned from her, not just content wise, but all I learned in how to teach. Laura is a gifted teacher of teachers.

    CINDY LEHMANReading Therapist, Director of Lehman Learning Solutions
  • Laura Rogan is an inspiring teacher who shares her knowledge with great enthusiasm.

    ANITA NASONPrivate tutor and former president and board member of the Washington State branch of the International Dyslexia Association
  • I highly recommend Wired for Reading’s Advanced Course for anyone teaching students at a mid-third grade level or above. I’ve been looking for a better way to teach the Latin and Greek levels of our language and am so excited by the method and content of Wired for Reading. Laura Rogan’s approach is fun and engaging and is going to help my students learn not only how to decode words from the Latin and Greek level, but is also going to unlock the meanings of words.

    KERRI MCCARTHYReading Specialist
  • As a young educator I am so grateful I took the Wired For Reading course. Laura’s program provides a strong framework for instruction while allowing me the creativity to adjust towards individual student needs and my own teaching style. I used Laura’s techniques when teaching beginning English Language Learners with language processing challenges overseas. Her direct, yet engaging and multi-sensory approach to language instruction is just what the doctor ordered. Laura’s program and love for language has now touched students across the world. Thank you!

    ANDREA YEEELL teacher
  • I immediately put to use “syllable dancing”, “quick words” and the “flowers” tools to use in a variety of ways with my ELL student! The program also offers the opportunity to identify which sounds an ELL student might have trouble pronouncing, sounds which don’t even exist in their home country. I can see that students, particularly from Vietnam would excel with this program. Thank you Laura for allowing me to attend one of your workshops!...I’m still pouring over the workbook for ideas I can implement in the structure of the program we’ve been given to work with.

    NANCY KEITHELL Tutor
  • Laura Rogan is an amazing advocate for children. I was humbled by her knowledge, energy and attitude. A colleague of mine ignited in me the love of teaching and gave me tools to reach out and make a difference; then Laura took me and blew me into the next stratosphere! The children I work with are so lucky Laura came into our lives. Laura makes a difference in so many children’s lives. Thank you!

    SHERINE TULLYSupport Teacher
  • Thank you, thank you, thank you for bringing so much life, awareness, and new found ability into my teaching! You are a true professor of linguistics and your energetic teaching style not only captivates your students, professional educators, and parents, but also transfers to their students. You touch so many lives with your gift.

    WENDY SHIBUYAPara Educator, Meridian Elementary
  • Once again, I have been dazzled by Laura Rogan. I have taken over ten classes from her and I’ll keep going back. Five years ago, I was frustrated with the services available to my students who had reading difficulties and I stumbled upon Laura’s classes. Besides her expansive knowledge about dyslexia and reading instruction she is creative, energetic, and inspiring. She converted her knowledge gained with university reading researchers into a curriculum that teachers can understand, but more importantly, her program, Wired for Reading, is the key that unlocks the world of reading for everyone. Laura uses stories, music, visuals, and movement to engage students while they gain the skills necessary to be competent readers. She has taken complex phonics rules and turned them into engaging lessons for all ages- kindergartener to adult.

    LISA VAN ENKEVORT5th grade teacher
  • I learned more in Laura’s fourteen hour Advanced Wired For Reading course than I did in a quarter long graduate course on teaching vocabulary!

    LERLINE SWEETTeacher
  • This is my 20th year teaching and I feel like I have a renewed passion for teaching reading. The information and research you share is incredibibly valueable and provides instruction for all styles of learner. I will continue to promote Wired for Reading (and Laura Rogan) with my colleagues! Again, thank you!

    VICKI YOUSOOFIANTeacher
  • Stories, characters, letters, oh my! I took all three of Laura Rogan’s basic to advanced courses in the summer and fall of 2010 and was truly inspired. As a new reading instructor and someone to whom reading came easily, I felt lost when helping students with anything greater than superficial comprehension issues. Laura’s courses gave me the grounding and background I needed to help the students who need it the most. As she does with her clients, she approached the subject from many angles and tapped into every learning style. I left the course more confident and with the belief that all students can be helped, no matter how they struggle. She is a great reminder to all educators that instruction can and should be fun and creative. I recommend these courses to any teacher or parent who has had a child struggle through a paragraph, claim they hate reading, and run out of the room, or to anyone who wants to know why they should take that Crazy R out of their babysitting rolodex!

    LEAH KAMINSKYTutor, Editor, Writer
  • I have used Wired for Reading in my second grade classroom and as a small group reading teacher. It is the program I always come back to. It just works! I love that it is linguistics for kids. The students always feel so smart when they learn complicated English language patterns that many times still puzzle their parents and older siblings. I believe the two most valuable parts of the program are: Mouth cards: For helping students learn phonemic awareness. There is nothing like the mouth cards! The kids just see it and get it. It is natural for those early readers. I love that often the struggling “word” readers are the strong “mouth card” readers. I get excited with them, as their pride grows. Phonics Stories: The Phonics stories are wonderful, because they seem to take no effort for most students to remember. The phonics stories show the connections within spelling rules and help kids remember very complicated spelling patterns. Another benefit is that they provide many cues for me to use with my students. When a student is having trouble spelling a word, I can give him or her a quick hint to the story, and the student knows instantly the story and then the rule for that spelling pattern. Wired for Reading has helped me to understand linguistics better myself. It has made me a stronger speller and reader, which has made me a better teacher.

    BECKY DEBRALiteracy Coach, West Hills Christian School

FROM PARENTS

  • After my son was diagnosed with severe dyslexia I went on an information seeking rampage the likes of which mother bears are made of. Luckily for me, I found Laura Rogan who had already sifted through the best researched methods and put her findings and her own special brand of razzle-dazzle all in one place: Wired for Reading. Taking her Introductory Class for the second time was like seeing one of my favorite movies again with a fresh audience and I couldn’t wait for them to experience the perfect blend of information, entertainment and inspiration. The fact that my 11-year-old son, who excels in mathematics but didn’t hardly “make the chart” in phonemic awareness and previously felt hopeless about reading had the courage to serve as a model student during the training, brought my husband to tears. “He looks like he does when he’s doing math,” was all he could say. We have much more work to do, but the hardest part is over. My son sees that language is filled with history and meaning and reliable patterns as well as ones we have to forgive. Be prepared to learn and laugh, sing and dance, and if you are like me forgive yourself for not finding this sooner because as Laura will tell you, it is never too late. I can’t take a class from Pat Lindamood, Nanci Bell, Samuel Orton or Anna Gillingham themselves, but I can and will take more classes from Laura Rogan. Ask her anything and see her before she really hits the big time.

    CARLA POWELLMother, Teacher
  • My daughter Kelsie and I started with Laura Rogan when Kelsie was almost six. We were one of the lucky ones with an early diagnosis of dyslexia. Kelsie, Laura, and I worked together for just over a year. Kelsie is now in third grade and reads above her grade level! This is an amazing accomplishment but not without a lot of hard work. It is a commitment but it works. Kelsie now reads for pleasure. What greater gift could there be for the child or parent?

    HOLLY MOREHEADMom and teacher
  • After discovering Helena was dyslexic in first grade, we tried many things to help her. First, she had pull-out help in our public school with daily support in learning the alphabet and phonics which did not help at all. Then we moved her to a private school that specialized in dyslexia and other learning disabilities using ‘Multi-Sensory Learning’ and she made progress but still could only read three-letter words, and these unreliably. Finally, toward the end of fourth grade, we discovered Laura and Helena was saved! I was thrilled when she hugged me and said, ‘Mommy, thank you for teaching me to read.’ By mid-January of her fifth grade year, she had reached grade level in reading and graduated from needing Laura. Today, Helena realizes she needs to work harder than some other students because reading does not come as easily, but she has progressed to be a bright, happy ninth grader taking French, Science, English, Math, and Choir and was so proud to be invited into Honor Society after her first semester in High School. The gift Laura gave our family and our special child is invaluable. I am not exaggerating when I say how much I appreciate it. What a fine teacher Laura Rogan is. She has transformed our lives.

    ALEXA ALLENMom
  • I am forever grateful to Laura Rogan and her teaching. Laura’s keen teaching skills and fun and encouraging personality have enabled me to make repetition fun and engaging, too. Currently, [my daughter] Brooke is working on the Advanced level material, in the Latin section. By learning the American Sign for the meaning of prefixes and roots, she is able to see and understand these patterns in longer words, instead of guessing at them. She also loves it. Brooke explained to me, ‘Mom, working with my hands wakes my brain up.’

    MELISSA STEILINGMom
  • My daughter Rowen was in second grade when she started working with Laura Rogan. Laura created a personal partnership with Rowen. Rowen never felt alone in her struggle to learn. Laura acted as Rowen’s advocate supporting both of us. We worked with Laura for a little more than a year. Rowen is now in fifth grade. She entered it reading at the sixth grade level. Thank you, Laura!

    MARY BETH LOCHNICHTMom
  • Laura is amazing. Laura is truly an expert on the subject of reading and her passion is infectious! I feel like I have found a gold mine in knowing her. Laura has blessed my life and I am grateful. Here is to the future!

    SUZANNE BURNSMom
  • The search for a solution for our daughter with dyslexia led us to Laura. Being dyslexic myself, I questioned if I would benefit from the class. After an hour, I was hooked. Laura’s understanding of a dyslexic mind allows her to move between the roles of entertaining presenter to tireless advocate with ease. As a dyslexic and the parent of a dyslexic child I found Laura’s class to be a revelation.

    MARK MIRABILEParent
  • I am so inspired after taking the Wired For Reading course taught by Laura Rogan! Laura is a truly gifted trainer and educator. She makes learning easy and fun. I am using the information from the course to coach my kindergarten son as he learns to read and spell. It is such a relief to know how to do this effectively. The information is so foundational and important that I’ve been compelled to share it with my son’s entire Kindergarten class. The kids absolutely love it! I highly recommend both Laura and her wonderful Wired For Reading program.

    BRIDGET BAKKENParent, Parent Volunteer
  • We are so thankful we found Laura! It felt as if we’d been wandering in the wilderness for years trying to help Conner with his reading challenges. We’d tried a variety of well-intentioned tutors and teachers but no one seemed to be able to get to the root of it. Finally we met Laura when Conner was in 5th grade, and things turned around. In Laura, we found someone who “got it”; who understood how Conner processed written words, and who knew how to help make him make connections that had been missing. Wired for Reading is a great name for Laura’s program, because it kind of feels like that’s what she does – through her work, she rewires connections and pathways in the brain that are not being utilized to their fullest extent. It really worked for Conner. She is enthusiastic, caring, truly dedicated to helping kids with dyslexia, and she really knows her stuff. We will always be grateful.

    BRUCE JENSENDad
  • Does Laura’s program work? A resounding yes, not only my observations but Jacob passed his fourth grade MSP in all subjects: reading, writing and math. This was after he completed approximately 70% of the Wired for Reading program. Being a retired teacher, it is my observation students who are falling behind can rarely be helped unless teachers are trained in early intervention and have the knowledge and expertise to help struggling students succeed. Laura Rogan’s Wired for Reading program trains teachers in early intervention and the skills needed to ensure students have the opportunity to successfully perform at grade level.

    GRANDMOTHER
  • Laura is amazing. Laura is truly an expert on the subject of reading and her passion is infectious! I feel like I have found a gold mine in knowing her. Laura has blessed my life and I am grateful. Here is to the future!

    PERSON’S NAMELiteracy Coach, West Hills Christian School
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