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History of Empower™ Reading

Dr. Maureen Lovett and the LDRP team have worked for more than three decades to better understand the core learning problems of children and adolescents with reading disabilities (RD). Dr. Lovett and her team were the first to conduct randomized controlled trials to examine the differential effectiveness of a variety of instructional approaches for reading disabilities (Fletcher, Lyon, et al., 2007).

Using the treatment responses of more than 5,000 struggling readers in Canada and the United States, the team has identified the core deficits of RD, re-conceptualizing reading disorders. The team has led the field in developing treatments that target these underlying deficits. Empower™ Reading is the result of everything we have learned from our research to date, and includes only those instructional features found to yield the best long-term outcomes for struggling readers in our controlled intervention studies.

Since the initial roll-out of Empower™ Reading in 2006, we have expanded from 6 school boards in Southern Ontario using the program to more than 25 school boards using the program across Canada. To date, over 10,000 students have received Empower™ Reading and more than 900 educators have been trained to implement the program with their students.