Testimonials
Unsolicited Testimonials for the Low-tech Reading Focus Cards (Patent 7,565,759)

"Thank you, Joan, for your fantastic product that helps so many!"---Anna P., entrepreneur---Lewisville, NC

"Great for our daughter with ADHD.  Faster and more effective reading and decoding---more comprehension. She loves it!"---Marybeth H., parent---Westmont, IL

"I can tell you from first-hand experience how important Joan's Reading Focus Cards are. Some of my students could just start to read much better using them, helping a great deal to get past their academic frustrations."     ---Russell Van Brocklen, dyslexia tutor and adult dyslexic---West Sand Lake, NY

"The Reading Focus Cards changed reading tremendously for 2 of my daughters, both who struggle with dyslexia.  After finding the focus cards, my girls enjoy reading and can read independently.  We love the Reading Focus Cards...Thank you."---Jennifer H., homeschool parent---Lake St. Louis, MO

"I purchased the Reading Focus Cards for my daughter beginning her 6th grade year.  By the end of her 6th grade year, she is able to read fluently. She no longer needs the (Reading Focus) cards. She doesn't have issues staying on the line & so forth.  Her reading has improved greatly."---Carla G., homeschool parent---Cedar Hill, MO

"The students with dyslexia whom I work with find these (reading tools) to be very beneficial.  I tutor second graders to college students who struggle with dyslexia, and no matter their age, they find your reading tool very useful.  I end up having to order more, as the students ask to keep them because they use them so often & notice the difference they experience when they are using the reading tool.  Thanks again for developing this.  It has made a difference with these students! ---Cindy B., tutor---Oregon, WI 

"My daughter was having trouble with reading comprehension, and I bought a Reading Focus Card to help.  In the end, she (had) vision problems that we hadn't suspected.  She is now in vision therapy and continues to use her Reading Focus Card both in therapy and in doing her school work.  It has been a wonderful tool to help reduce her eye strain.  We rely on it daily." ​---Anne K., parent---Edwardsville, IL

"Your product has helped in so many ways.  Thank you for making it easier for our daughter to read.  I found you on my wife's (Facebook) page..." ---William N., parent---Augusta, GA

"I met you last year at the Homeschool Expo....We spoke about your Reading Focus Cards, and I wanted to once again thank you for this very helpful product.  The cards have allowed my daughter to focus her attention on the text rather than getting lost on the page.  Her reading has improved, both (in) speed and comprehension, and she actually uses the Reading Focus Cards without prompting from me!  Thanks again."---Susan K., homeschooling parent---MO

"Thank you for the Reading Focus Cards.  The students have chosen their colors, and each day when they come in to read, it's the first thing they reach for!"---A.P., Migrant/ESO: Coordinator---Coffeyville, KS 

"Just a short note to say how pleased I have been with the Reading Focus Cards.  My son's reading is so much more fluent using these cards.  We both love them."---K.A., parent---Marion, NC

"I think this is a wonderful tool! The kids were so excited to use it, and it was amazing to watch their speed of reading improve immediately!" ---Teacher, grade 2---St. Louis, MO 

"I met you at the Vision conference in Springfield!!!  I purchased the Reading Focus Card for my daughter with ADHD.  I had to tell you this!!!  She came home yesterday with a reading comprehension test from school with a 100%!!!!  I asked if she used her tools when she took the test, and while she shaid "no" she did say that she has been using it for other times in the classroom, and she thinks it helps her focus!!!  This is the first perfect reading comprehension score this year!!!!  You should have seen the proud look on her p=face!!!!  Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me at the conference."---L.A.T., parent, Jefferson City, MO

"My son has been using the cards for a little over a week now and is loving them.  The school only had yellow filters as an option; turns out the blue ones are the best for him.  Thank you so much for a quality product!" ---B.M., parent---Panama City, Florida                         

"She (student) always had it (Reading Focus Card) with her. Prior to the tool’s use, she always wanted to read LAST.  NOW, she wants to be the FIRST to read in class." ---K. H., resource teacher, grades K-8---St. Louis, MO

"Thank you so-o-o much.  Our 8 year old started reading right away.  The amazing thing is (that) he has Tourette's, OCD, and Asperger's Syndrome.  He was just not getting the reading.  A soon as we got the (Reading Focus) cards, we put them together and WOW!  I was amazed at how well he could read.  Right away he took off.  I cannot thank you enough.  Big, big hugs to you!" ---C. H., mother of 1 son---Clinton, Iowa

"For the students who definitely needed it, they used it a lot." ---Teacher, parochial school (grades K-8)---St. Louis, MO

"The Reading Focus Card helped him (student-age 7) focus on words rather than on pictures, etc." ---Special education teacher, St. Louis, MO

"…My boys love their Reading Focus Cards.  I want to share that joy!" ---Mother of 2 sons

"Thank you so much, Mrs. Brennan.  My daughter is using her focus card and likes it very much!" ---Mother of 1 daughter

"We use the cards every day!!!  They have also been a big help when he is working with someone besides me.  We got an iPad in August, and it has been fantastic for him.   Thank you for the websites and the information.  Keep up all the great working.   It is a blessing to many."  ---Mother of son on the autism spectrum

"Thanks, Joan.  He (her son) is using it, and it has worked wonders. He is still skipping some words because of convergence but not as badly. He is not skipping lines and losing his place anymore." ---Noelle M., mother of 2

"Btw, my boys are still liking these cards. We even packed them to take them to the hotel with us so they can use while we lay around and get some reading done." ---Mother of 2 sons

"I think that the Reading Focus Card is amazing; it helps a whole bunch;  it help(ed) me focus on what I was reading and not on the pictures around it. The reading “window” was really helpful, also. It is very helpful all around." ---Student (boy), grade 6

"Thank you for the colorful windows." ---Gifted student (boy), age 8, with ADHD and other learning differences

"I liked the colored filters on them. It made everything easy and fun to read." ---Student (girl), age 12

"I noticed a strong improvement in …my reading focus and comprehension." ---Student (boy), age 8, with learning disabilities

"I put it to work immediately (RFC Model #001) because I was following a recipe (it really helped!)  I like the longer version, too. It will come in handy when reading certain books. It really is a neat product! It's so useful to have the two different sizes. I found that I needed both the Model #001 and the #002 to read the Conservationist, but the #001 was much more suitable for reading the Bible or skimming the Labor Tribune. It definitely helps me focus easier, and I will read more because of this." ---Diane B., avid adult reader

"I started using The Reading Focus Card as an aid in my Bible studies.  I was amazed at what a difference it made.  By the end of my reading time I realized I was able to read more verses with The Reading Focus Card than I had before! Plus I remembered what I read! It greatly helped my study time by allowing me to focus on what I was reading instead of getting distracted by the rest of the chapter.  Not only was I able to get more reading accomplished in a shorter amount of time, but I was able to comprehend what I read better.  Because I was able to stay focused on a verse my understanding of the verse was clearer." ---Courtney C., parent and blog writer

The following letter was written by one parent about her 2 sons’ experiences with the Reading Focus Cards:

"(My younger son) is still loving it.  He likes the feel of the card, and he likes it when I hold it to read aloud to him. He says it makes the words light up like on Between The Lions TV show or on StarFall.com. He picked (the) yellow (filter).  It helps him follow along with me when I'm reading.

Our older son still wants one for the computer... He picked the dark blue (filter). He likes the longer one (Reading Focus Card), although he has been known to 'steal' his brother’s (shorter RFC) for his novels because it's smaller and fits on those pages better. 

I think with Aspies (children with Asperger’s) and issues with peripheral vision, they (Reading Focus Cards) help make the words focus, and it stops the boys from skipping lines. (One son often misses questions in his assignments from his tracking issues.) It just helps the words 'pop out'. 

The tactile part of the cards helps them (boys) to stop looking at everything but the book... My son has to keep track of where the card is on the paper and that keeps him focused. He likes using the 'sponge side' up (the blue side) because 'it's soft' and the black side slides along the paper smoothly. (He has issues with the way a pencil is sharpened or if a marker is dull on the paper so this is HUGE for him.)

Both my boys are 'fiddlers' and study better when they have a squishy ball or something like that to fiddle with. The card gives something for their hands to do at the same time it helps their tracking issues."
---Jen B., London, Ontario

Unsolicited Testimonials for the Digital Reading Focus Cards Desktop App (Patent 8,360,779)

"THANKS! The (Reading Focus Cards app works BETTER than "SUPER"! Needed this...25 years ago when in high school!"---Ronald F., adult reader

"I am so excited to find this app for screen work! I tutor students with dyslexia and am already using your physical focus cards, but I didn't realize that you have a digital version. This is so versatile since the size and colors can be modified...I tried the digital version with a student last night, and it was very friendly to use...I read an article about your work on Understood.com, which referenced these cards. Thanks for your work on behalf of those with reading struggles!"---Sheryl N., PhD, reading tutor


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