One of the big things for picture thinking dyslexics (which both Indy and
After making both upper and lower case, he starts to work on making models of trigger words. The idea is that they look up the word to get a definition, then make something in clay that to them represents the definition (for children we simplify the definition). The word "make" is defined as creating or building something from other materials. He then has to come up with at least 5 sentences using the word. Once the model is built, the word is then made out of clay and an arrow points from the word to the model. Here is Indy's MAKE:
It's 2 boys making a wall out of blocks. He points to the model and says "You are MAKE, meaning something created or built from other materials." He then points to the word and says "You say MAKE." He spells the word, touching each letter, then closes his eyes and spells is forwards and backwards (again touching each letter) and describes the model.
Here is MADE:
He used the same original model, but put a thought bubble around it with a person thinking about MAKE in the past tense.
Here is MAKES:
The idea here is that two figures talk about someone else, as in "He makes a good wall."
There was more to the therapy, including setting the "mind's eye" which I did not get at all, but James Bond totally understood. Indy really got the most out of defining trigger words with pictures. He was reading the first night of his own volition. Reading! I almost cried. The next day he begged to bring the book he had been reading to lunch. Sure it was a Spongebob graphic novel (like a comic, but in book form and longer), but still, he was reading the word bubbles! Out loud to me and James Bond. It was amazing. This is an expensive therapy, but thus far it has been worth every penny.
We have exercises to do every day and he's super excited about reading now. I can't tell you what a relief this is. Hopefully this will make school a whole lot easier.