Ensure your child is set up for success by starting this program when there isn’t too much other school homework. My daughter is significantly dyslexic and we tried this program the summer she was 13. She really liked it. There are many stories to pick from so she never had issues finding something interesting. The program also has very short sections providing enough variety for a child with low attention span. Also the “high tech” computer interaction provides a non-judgmental tone, creating no concern over self esteem as they do it alone. I hope my daughter will do this again one day when school workload enables it. Much better than a classroom learning to read environment for kids with learning challenges.
Thanks Reading Buddy.
Review by Kyiana Barely4 months ago
Good program. My sons reading showed marked improvement in just two months
Review by Robren5 months ago
excellent product and service, highly recommended
Review by Ermione5 months ago
I just wanted to say thank you for helping my son. He’s always struggled with reading and homework time was a fight!! Reading Buddy made reading time easy and lessened the strain between us and him. My son was 7 when we started using Reading Buddy and we continued using it about 18 months before we finally found a book series that caught his attention. We had multiple parent teacher conferences a received a ton of communication from the school letting us know he was at risk for being held back. He made slow and steady improvements throughout using Reading Buddy. We got his FSA test results back yesterday and he achieved a 4/5 and actually surpassed many of his peers!!! We can’t thank you enough for the role Reading Buddy played in helping him!!
Review by Namthikan8 months ago
I just bought the reading buddy system last week. My daughters 3rd time reading and the software crashed and she lost her points that day. Then the second week I decided to take a look at the other libraries in the system and when I switched libraries to check out other books for my daughter, it wiped all her points and progress like it was her first day all over again. She was so upset. I called to see if there was anything I could do, and all they could say was nope. Sorry. Well, this isn't a cheap program. This is a huge flaw and they knew about it and didn't put the warning on their website so people can be aware. I can see how the software can be awesome. I like the reward system and the way it makes my daughter repeat her reading, but the flaws need to be addressed. A single mom paying $80/month is not easy. So be aware of the flaws
Review by Aliciah9 months ago
Reading Buddy is excellent. The voice recognition function of it is on par with everything available on the market, and the prize system lets parents tailor incentives to fit their kid’s interests. The stories offered are quick and fun, too, so that reading feels like an accomplishment rather than a chore
Review by Travellee9 months ago
I subscribed to the Reading Buddy Software ("RB") service for 12 months to assist my son Joshua, then 9, with his reading fluency and comprehension. Joshua hated to read, viewed it as a chore, would get agitated and irritable when I asked him to read anything, and just generally found reading to be a frustrating experience. When he began the program, he had a decent sight word vocabulary but no real fluency (reading was choppy and robotic). He began RB at Level 3. In fact I would keep subscribing but he "graduated" (finished Level 4!) I could not be more delighted and impressed with the RB software. Since it's the software correcting Joshua, it took me out of the equation. This was terrific because he used to detest when I would correct his pronunciation or or point out words that he skipped. With RB, Joshua had to read each story aloud 3x. The repetition was invaluable in aiding Joshua's retention of new pronunciations, and general fluency. In between his readings, the software would read the story. That too was an excellent design feature of this instructive software. Joshua is now able to read with feeling now! Third, the content of the stories was excellent! There were a variety of topics from fables to history to meteorology and biographies! Truly there is something for everyone and many treasures of wisdom in the stories! Even when my son grumbled about doing his "RB" when the story was a non-preferred topic, he loved seeing his progression through the library, and of course accruing points which he used toward prizes we set up. Words cannot adequately express my gratitude toward Ms. Fertel for devising this very high quality software that works as advertised and at a cost that is significantly less than some other interventions I would have to consider such as hiring a tutor or summer school/reading camp. Many blessings to you and your company, Ms. Fertel.
Review by JYork11 months ago
This program not only helped my son improve with his reading and comprehension skills, it also helped his self esteem. He is more engaged in his reading then ever and gladly participates in class now when he would hold back before. He was able to meet all his grade level reading expectations within WEEKS of using this program.
Review by OwenE11 months ago
Reading Buddy helped my children’s reading skills greatly. My son has dyslexia and really struggled with words. His pronunciation is so much better now! It was well worth the money spent. There is a specific headset that they recommend; it is sold on Amazon. It worked much better than the one I had already. I highly recommend this program.
Review by Nikkhill Ellands1 year ago
My daughter has ADHD and struggled with reading. Although she has an IEP in place with her school, I recognized that it was not going to be enough to rely on the educational system alone. I also recognized that whatever solution was decided upon would require interaction with my daughter throughout the process. Allowing my daughter to "read for 20 minutes" every day would not actually help her improve without someone there to monitor and help correct for mistakes. This was the real challenge for me - not just finding the time to sit with her, but being the "bad guy" when it came to correcting her mistakes. There was also the comparison that was being made with her other siblings. "Why don't you have to sit with Cati to read? That's not fair!" So the question became how can I help my daughter improve in a real and meaningful way and one that is affordable and easy to implement? That's when I discovered Reading Buddy. I had already tried other software solutions but this was the first one that actually listened to my daughter as she read and would stop to help correct for mistakes. It was an instant hit. Suddenly all the siblings wanted to do Reading Buddy but we decided this was reserved only for Anya instead.
Reading Buddy impressed me for several reasons. Not only does it listen to my daughter as she reads and corrects for mistakes, but it will also read the story back to her so that she can hear how it sounds when read at a normal pace. This process is repeated a total of 3 times per book. There is a short question and answer section at the end of each story to help with comprehension and a separate word list that is reviewed for words that she struggled with during her reading. It is a comprehensive solution focusing on pronunciation, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. It also includes a reward system that helps to motivate my daughter each day as she works toward her next prize. I have had to increase the number of points required for her to earn prizes because she was earning them so quickly!
The real testament to the viability of Reading Buddy is the improvement my daughter has experienced since we began. Her confidence and reading skill has increased dramatically. She can now pick up books and read them independently, pronouncing most words correctly (or pausing to ask me for a definition) and no longer feels disconnected from her siblings and classmates as dramatically as before. Her teacher has commented on how much she has improved and I have sent screenshots of her Reading Buddy score sheets to her teacher to supplement her IEP. I recently added a new (higher) reading level to the program for my daughter to use when selecting which book to read. We still have our moments, but no matter what happens when we get home from school, the first thing we do is Reading Buddy. There is still a lot of room for my daughter to grow. This is not an overnight program. The key, from my perspective, is consistency and positive rewards combined with the scientific approach provided by Reading Buddy. I am grateful for Reading Buddy and the team supporting it. I highly recommend Reading Buddy for anyone in a similar situation and wanting to help their child improve in their reading.
Review by Abulkeek Derrow1 year ago
It's Ok. Haven't decided if its worth the money. We constantly have problems with the microphone ( we bought the one recommended), and is very slow to boot up and the software freezes once in awhile.
But my biggest issue is the frustration the boys have with the software telling them they pronounced a word wrong when it wasn't... the issue revolves around the conjunctions in a sentence. Kids often add them, or miss them when reading. The software doesnt handle these inaccuracies at all well. lets say the sentence reads ".. the red and yellow flowers..." If my son adds a "the" in there, and says "the red and THE yellow flowers..." the software will usually catch the mistake, but not the right mistake. It will have him repeat the closest verb or noun to the error. In this case, make him repeat "yellow" 3-4 times, and the kids get really frustrated, because they don't understand what they did wrong.
Improvements in the software logic are needed. If conjunctions or other words are added or omitted in a sentence, I think the software should say, "Oops, I think we missed or added a word in there. Lets start that sentence again." the software then should highlight each word as the child reads it back.
I like the idea behind reading buddy, and will probably keep it, but the software really only corrects pronunciation errors, not reading accuracy errors, which occur way more often at least with my kids. Fix that in the software, and I'd be at 4-5 stars for sure.
Review by Owhoede Verniest1 year ago
My daughter Anna, when she was 8 years old she could hardly read. She was crying a lot because her classmates were able to read well, but she had hard time to read and it was making her very sad and disappointed. I was frustrated with my daughter and finally I found this program online and enrolled. She was very happy about this program she spent hours a day. She's used this program 11 months and also used Track and Read program (vision therapy) for the last three months and now she reads very well and no more stress for her. Anna is not afraid anymore of her classmates and I'm so thankful for this program and recommend for kids who have reading problem.
Review by Kilian1 year ago
This program has potential adverse impacts for children wanting to improve their reading skills and the customer service and tech support is the worst I've ever experienced with any company, product or service.
The glitches have been very frequent with the program skipping ahead many sentence, not picking up when my son pronounces many words correctly or incorrectly. My son has been almost in tears with frustration so we stopped using the program until we can receive some sort of IT support. I do not want my son to associate the feeling of frustration and anger from the glitches in this program to reading. This company has failed miserably at addressing very basic IT support to ensure their program works for parents and kids who genuinely want to use it.
I previously had reviews outlining how the 24/7 IT line is virtually non-existent. I've tried 10-15 times to try and iron out the kinks in the software and have never been able to speak to a single person when I called to fix the issue. The IT line would either simply disconnect over and over again while on hold or they would not return voicemails. After multiple calls and emails, I received a call from their customer service department. The manager I spoke to seemed sincere in wanting to fix the problem a set up an appointment for me to speak with IT and gave me a cell phone number to call if I had any issues. They also asked if I could take down previous reviews about problems I was having which I did. I never received the call from IT that I was scheduled for. I followed up via text, phone and email and have not received any communication back.
Again, the idea of the program seemed promising, but the most basic functions fall flat. If this company is not committed to ensuring their product works properly, this program may have the unintended consequences of kids not enjoying reading.
Review by Mellulose Torbohm1 year ago
We were very excited about Reading Buddy. The reviews looked great. The program sounds like a winner. Unfortunately the software does not run on Chromebooks. We have cancelled our subscription. Again very disappointing. I will not talk poorly about something I have not had the chance to experience. It's just very disappointing that access is limited. I hope Reading Buddy will make the software available on many platforms and will contact me when that is the case. We would try again.
Review by Clarks Ninal1 year ago
The software is good doesn't always pick when my daughter says the right word. Biggest frustration is the advertised 24/7 tech support if you call in it just rings, then goes silent and then hangs up.
Update reading buddy went above and beyond to solve my issue. We ended up getting it fixed by reinstalling the software. They called me constantly to see if they could do anything else to help.
Review by Warlands Blizenec1 year ago
Pros - My children really enjoy reading buddy it does make them slow down. What I like most is that it makes them announce the words clearly and by listening to the story re-read to them they are able hear how it should be read. The stories are very interesting and they are not using simple words. My children's vocabulary has increase with the using Reading Buddy. Customer Service and Tech Support are amazing and do there best to assist.
Cons - The program is not user friendly all the time sometimes it would not catch when a word was said wrong. It sometimes freeze and you have to log out take a while to load but If you get past this (patience) you will see a difference in their reading. I have been told that a web base program is on the way. I will keep a look out for it and will try again when it comes out.
Review by Leftysping1 year ago
Reading Buddy gave us hope again that our child would learn how to read. The intuitive design of the software teaches on a multi-sensory level. Learning to read with Reading Buddy became something our child looked forward to each day.
Review by Nuttachai1 year ago
Paid for the subscription still waiting for download link takes forever :(
There is no 24/7 tech support :(
Will be asking for refund !
Review by Harminder1 year ago
Reading Buddy helped improve my child's reading tremendously!
I see that the more he uses the program the more his reading improves.
Review by Flapjackz Doyel1 year ago
Love Reading Buddy. Thank God for this incredible program. It was a huge help for my two children. Thank you.
Review by Laquevia Pagnillo1 year ago
After only a month, we are seeing significant improvement in reading and comprehension. Even more importantly, it’s fun so my son doesn’t feel like it’s work. He actually looks forward to it and reminds me when it’s time to do Reading Buddy
Review by Huiyu1 year ago
Reading Buddy is incredible! It works very well and is very kid friendly. They also have great customer support.
Review by Jufajard1 year ago
I don't know where we would be without this. Every once in a while something truly life changing comes along and reading buddy software is it for us. A dyslexia diagnosis can leave you feeling hopeless- especially when you invest all your time and money into tutoring and products that don't work. We are grateful for reading buddy every single day!
Review by Dilnaz1 year ago
Reading Buddy has really improved my son's reading! My ten year old son is a boy's boy; always on the move. He does great in every subject, but was having trouble with reading. This led to him loosing self confidence, which led to not wanting to read at all, because who wants to feel bad about themselves? I read to and with him all the time, but he still was having trouble, and even felt embarrassed to read to me. This was breaking my heart! I had to find a way to help. I searched A LOT of programs; tried several. Nothing was working. Many were just too boring to keep his attention. I stumbled across Reading Buddy and we gave it a try. I am so glad we did. He enjoyed using the computer to learn reading. He loved being able to do it on his own. I guess there is something about the computer helping him with a word that is not as bad as mom helping. The reward system is a good motivator as well. My son is now reading books on his free time; I thought that would never happen. I know that not everything that works for one child will work for another, but I do highly recommend Reading Buddy. I wish we had found it sooner!
Review by RekaT1 year ago
I just purchased Reading Buddy a few days ago and now the software will not load. There is also no 24/7 tech support available. I sent a message but didn't receive confirmation that the message was received. Not sure when I will hear from them.....
11/17 Update- Customer support contacted me, but the issue is still not resolved.
11/24 Update- We are now able to get into the application.