My fiance is an adult in his 30s with dyslexia. We are trying to locate the best online program to help him improve his reading and writing through games, activities, etc. We are looking for something he can do without a tutor; basically, practice 30 minutes to 1 hour per day until his skills improve.

I see a lot of tutor based programs for kids. I was unable to find anything for an adult that meets this criterion.

If you can provide a good recommendation, we would greatly appreciate it.

Dr. Pierson's Response: 
I checked with my colleague, Dr. Lauren Katz, who is a whiz with adults -- and we really do not know of an online program. All of the people with dyslexia with whom we work need direct intervention from a therapist or tutor. And, without knowing his skill set, it's difficult to answer this question. For example, if he has a severe deficit, then, most likely, he needs to work on phonemic awareness coupled with word study. If his issue is fluency (reading efficiently), then he needs reading comprehension strategies, most likely. If the challenge is decoding, then he needs assistance learning letter-sound correspondences and spelling patterns and rules.

If his issues are milder, you might look at Marcia Henry's Words, which is a book and a good resource relative to learning about syllables, Latin & Greek roots, prefixes, and suffixes. There are a lot of apps for phonemic awareness, but, as you noted, most are designed for kids. There's not a lot for adults, unfortunately. You could search under that topic here, if that is his challenge.

I'm sorry I couldn't have been more helpful. Again, without knowing his strengths and weaknesses, it's difficult to even say what he needs to target. Dr. Katz is currently working with a man in his 40s who was a non-reader when she started and he is learning to read! So, if your fiance wanted to work with someone, there is the potential to improve. That said, he'd want to find someone who understands the adult learner, which can be a challenge.