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What's in the MagnaFlyer Program Package?


The MagnaFlyer Training Program Package comes with every thing you need to implement rehabilitation training in almost any environment. In addition to the materials, technical support for the software and computer elements are included in the license. The package also includes practitioner support. Additional support and training services are also available.

 

The Package Contains the Complete Training Program Plus the MagnaFlyer Display Software for Your Client's Ongoing Use.

    In the MagnaFlyer Package you will find...
  • The MagnaFlyer PRO display software installer for Windows
  • The installer instructions, activation key and license
  • Practitioner's Training Handbook and Guide to Materials with complete information on implementing the protocol
  • Printable MagnaFlyer display software "Features and Functions Cheat Sheet”
  • The curriculum of exercises organized in sequential folders
  • Materials for the client's independent practice
  • “What is MagnaFlyer?” an introduction to the science, use and benefits of the program
  • Clinical studies and support materials related to steady eye training and the MagnaFlyer display

 

 

 

What's in the Trainer's Handbook and Guide to Materials?

 

The Trainer's Handbook is a complete, fully illustrated step-by-step blueprint to the implementation of the MagnaFlyer Program for teaching steady-eye and eccentric viewing techniques.


    In the Handbook the trainer will be introduced to:
  1. The MagnaFlyer display engine and how it’s used in the MagnaFlyer training program.
  2. How to customize the display of exercises for each client.
  3. How to set up and replicate an effective learning environment.
  4. The sequence and purpose of each exercise
  5. How to administer the exercise protocol
  6. How to gauge your client’s success

 

Once you’ve become familiar with the MagnaFlyer Program you’ll be able to quickly and easily focus more of your attention on the client and less on the set up and manipulation of materials. The Trainer's Handbook and Guide to Materials provides you with a quick reference throughout the process.


    During the course of the training program your client will learn how to...
  1. Position themselves and their reading material for best results
  2. Expand their scanning ability to take in more characters per view
  3. Practice comprehension skills
  4. Accelerate their reading speed
  5. Recognize their own progress in acquiring a new ability

 



Trainer's Handbook Table of Contents


 



I) Getting Started

1.0 Introduction: MagnaFlyer Training for Steady Eye Technique

1.1 What’s in this Handbook
1.2 Why MagnaFlyer Works
1.3 The MagnaFlyer Training Program
1.4 For You: Getting Started
1.5 Background: MagnaFlyer for Low Vision
1.6 Installing RapidReader on Your Computer
1.7 Taking the Tutorial: The Fastest Way for Getting up to Speed
1.8 Opening Documents in RapidReader
1.9 RapidReader Features and Functions
1.10 Setting the Speed
1.11 Navigating with RapidReader
1.12 Review of the RapidReader and MagnaFlyer Web sites


II) The Training Environment

2.0 Customizing the Computer Setup and MagnaFlyer Software for Each Client

2.1 Client Intake and Evaluation Process
2.2 Creating and Replicating the Training Environment
2.3 Training Outside of the Clinical Setting
2.4 Physical Placement of the Computer for Client Training
2.5 Using the MagnaFlyer Exercise Positioning Grid
2.6 The “Map” for Effective Practice
2.7 Explaining the Use of the Positioning Grid to the Client
2.8 Customizing the Positioning Grid for the First Exercise
2.9 General Instructions for Launching the MagnaFlyer Exercises
2.10 Placing the fixation dot on the computer screen


III) The MagnaFlyer Exercises

3.0 The MagnaFlyer Exercises

3.1 Introduction to Steady-Eye training using the MagnaFlyer program
3.2 Building Client Confidence: The Client Experience
3.3 For You: Managing Your Own Expectations:
3.4 Beginning the Exercise Program with the Client
3.5 Customizing the MagnaFlyer Text Display for a Client
3.6 Replaying an Exercise from the Beginning
3.7 Organization and Sequence of the Exercises
3.8 Description and Purpose of Each Exercise
3.9 Using the Quizzler Comprehension Testing

 

Appendix
Intake Referral Grid Template
Screen Position Grid Template
Care Giver Notes Template
Implementation of RapidReader for the Client's Home Use
Contact Information

 


 

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About the Inventory and Sequence of Exercises

 

The Exercise Inventory and Protocol

The MagnaFlyer Training Program for vision rehabilitation consists of a series of monitored and mentored exercises displayed on a computer screen using the MagnaFlyer software. The exercises are administered in a specific order which is both instructive and reinforcing. They include quizzes and other means to measure reading progress providing confidence as you and the client move together toward success.


3.7 Organization of the Exercises

The exercises are organized into three levels with a folder for each. Within the folders the exercises are numbered sequentially. It is important to follow the sequence as each exercise builds upon the previous one.

 

Level 1: Fixation Exercises:
These are for teaching the client to become accustomed to consistently locating and using their PRL for fixed gaze technique. In this folder the sequence of exercises is for expanding the number of characters seen using the PRL. The exercises begin with a one character display to two letter words and beginning scanning.

 

Level 2: Pre-reading Exercises:
These exercises are for continuing the expansion of gaze to take in more characters and introduce word recognition and comprehension.

 

Level 3: Reading Exercises:
These exercises are composed of reading material of various lengths and difficulty. They are an opportunity for you to begin to gauge the client’s proficiency and their comprehension. Included are reading exercises which contains comprehension quizzes.

 


Description and Purpose of Each Exercise


 



Following is a description of each exercise, the purpose of the exercise, the protocol for implementation and a guide as what constitutes success before moving on.

 

Level One

 

1) One Letter Slow

A. Description:
This exercise displays one letter at a time in the center of screen to supply a target for focusing within the client’s PRL

B. Purpose:
To acquaint the client with the use of their PRL for reading and reduce the tendency to revert to scanning

C. Implementation:
Initially the speed should be set at 150-200 wpm. As familiarity increases higher speeds can be used to keep the client engaged in the process

D. Successful Completion:
The client should be able to announce each letter as it appears. Later they should be able to report subjectively report that they are seeing each letter and are aware of their ability to focus on the location of the letter.

E. Notes:
Progress or specific difficulty for each exercise, the outcome of each session and recommendations for future sessions should be documented by the mentor


2) One Number Slow

A. Description:
This exercise displays one number at a time in the center of screen to supply a target for focusing within the client’s PRL

B. Purpose:
To teach numerical distinction using the client’s PRL. This is an important component of reading financial material both on the computer and on paper such as bills and bank statements

C. Implementation:
Initially the speed should be set at 150 wpm. As familiarity increases higher speeds can be used to keep the client engaged in the process

D. Successful Completion:
The client should be able to announce each number as it appears. Later they should be able to report subjectively report that they are seeing each number and are aware of their ability to focus on the location of the number.

E. Notes:
Progress or specific difficulty for each exercise, the outcome of each session and recommendations for future sessions should be documented by the mentor

 

3) Scanning Exercise Slow

A. Description:
This exercise displays a related group of letters in a series as described above. New letters will be introduced into the series e.g. AAARA…

B. Purpose:
To practice the detection and recognition of the differences between similar letter shapes

C. Implementation:
Initially the speed should be set at 150-200 wpm. As familiarity increases higher speeds can be used to keep the client engaged in the process

D. Successful Completion:
The client should be able to announce when there is a different letter displayed on the screen and say the name of the letter. Later they should be able to report subjectively report that they are seeing each letter and are aware of changes from one letter to the next

E. Notes:
Progress or specific difficulty for each exercise, the outcome of each session and recommendations for future sessions should be documented by the mentor


Level Two

 

1) One Letter Slow Expanded

A. Description:
This exercise displays one letter at a time at differing distances from the center of the screen along the “X” axis.

B. Purpose:
The purpose is to expand the range of focus of the PRL to encompass a larger number of characters. By retaining a single letter target but moving it to the left or right of center of the client’s PRL there is a feedback mechanism as progress occurs.

C. Implementation:
Initially the speed should be set at 150 wpm. As familiarity increases higher speeds can be used to keep the client engaged in the process

D. Successful Completion:
The client should be able to announce each number as it appears. Later they should be able to report subjectively report that they are seeing each number and are aware of their ability to focus on the location of the number.

E. Notes:
Progress or specific difficulty for each exercise, the outcome of each session and recommendations for future sessions should be documented by the mentor


2) Two Letter Word Slow

A. Description:
This exercise displays a two letter word in the center of screen to supply a target for focusing within the client’s PRL

B. Purpose:
To begin to progressively expand the number of characters the client can read and comprehend through the use of their PRL. The goal is to continue to reduce the tendency to revert to scanning.

C. Implementation:
Initially the speed should be set at 150 wpm. As familiarity increases through repetition higher speeds can be used to keep the client engaged in the process

D. Successful Completion:
The client should be able to announce each word as it appears. Later they should be able to report that they are seeing and comprehending each word and are aware of their ability to focus on the location of the word.

E. Notes:
Progress or specific difficulty for each exercise, the outcome of each session and recommendations for future sessions should be documented by the mentor


3) Two Letter Word Slow Expanded

A. Description:
This exercise displays a two letter word at differing distances from the center of the screen along the “X” axis.

B. Purpose:
The purpose is to expand the range of focus of the PRL to encompass a larger number of characters. By retaining a single two letter target but moving it to the left or right of center of the client’s PRL there is a feedback mechanism as progress occurs.

C. Implementation:
Initially the speed should be set at 150 wpm. As familiarity increases through repetition higher speeds can be used to keep the client engaged in the process

D. Successful Completion:
The client should be able to announce each word as it appears. Later they should be able to subjectively report that they are seeing and comprehending each word and are aware of their ability to focus on the location of the word.

 

4) Comprehension Exercise: Single Letter to Word
A. Description:
This exercise displays a series of single characters and then a word which is comprised of them e.g. C - A - T

B. Purpose:
The purpose is to observe the client’s ability to cluster individual symbols, hold them in their mind and recognize that together they comprise a word.

C. Implementation:
Initially the speed should be set at 150 wpm. The target word will be delayed in appearing to give the client enough time to speak the word aloud. The correct word will then be displayed to reinforce the client’s answer.

D. Successful Completion:
The client should be able to announce each word as it appears.

E. Notes:
Progress or specific difficulty for each exercise, the outcome of each session and recommendations for future sessions should be documented by the mentor

 

5) Three Letter Word Slow

A. Description:
This exercise displays a three letter word in the center of screen to supply a target for focusing within the client’s PRL

B. Purpose:
For progressively expanding the number of characters the client can read and comprehend through the use of their PRL. The goal is to continue to reduce the tendency to revert to scanning. At this point the client should begin to normalize the steady eye reading experience.

C. Implementation:
Initially the speed should be set at 150 wpm. As familiarity increases through repetition higher speeds can be used to keep the client engaged in the process

D. Successful Completion:
The client should be able to announce each word as it appears. Later they should be able to report that they are seeing and comprehending each word and are aware of their ability to focus on the location of the word. Clients should begin to report greater comfort and cohesion in the sequential word experience.

E. Notes:
Progress or specific difficulty for each exercise, the outcome of each session and recommendations for future sessions should be documented by the mentor

 

6) Dolch Word Sets: A 1-5, R 1-5

A. Description:
The Dolch word list contains 220 "service words" which are the most the most frequently used words in the English language. These words must be quickly recognized in order to achieve reading fluency. The Dolch Word List is also called Sight Words. The Dolch list exercise is broken up into 2 sets of 5 lists of 45 words each. One set is alphabetically (A set) organized the other is randomized (R set).

B. Purpose:
To progressively improve sight vocabulary through the use of the client’s PRL. The goal is to continue to reduce the tendency to revert to scanning. At this point the client should begin to associate Eccentric Viewing technique with cohesion of meaningful words. This is the phase where they move from the “exercise condition” to actually reading.

C. Implementation:
The Dolch word exercise packages are structured in two ways.

• Set 1 is in alphabetical order. This allows the client to have an expectation as to the beginning character of each word.

• Set 2 is randomized and is designed to create a greater facility for sight recognition.

For the mentor this allows the ability to challenge the client as they progress. Initially the speed should be set at 150 wpm, however as the client moves through the exercises the speed can be accelerated to further aid in judging facility with their technique.

D. Successful Completion:
The client should be able to announce each word as it appears. Later they should be able to report that they are seeing and comprehending each word and are aware of their ability to focus on the location of the word. As speed is accelerated, clients should begin to report greater comfort and cohesion in the sequential word experience.

E. Notes:
Progress or specific difficulty for each exercise, the outcome of each session and recommendations for future sessions should be documented by the mentor

 

Level Three

 

1) Dolch Story

A. Description:
This exercise consists of a longer story which contains all 220 Dolch words. The story is in the form of a simple children’s tale.

B. Purpose:
It is important to reinforce the recognition of the Dolch words in context. At this point the client should begin to normalize the steady eye reading experience. This is an opportunity to apply the technique to reading for comprehension.

C. Implementation:
Initially the speed should be set at mentor/client discretion. During the reading, the speed can be adjusted up or down as necessary for client success.

D. Successful Completion:
The client should be able to read each word as it appears. Later they should be able to report what they read and demonstrate comprehension of the story.

E. Notes:
Progress or specific difficulty for each exercise, the outcome of each session and recommendations for future sessions should be documented by the mentor


2) Humor Series

A. Description:
This exercise is the display of short humorous stories with simple content.

B. Purpose:
NOTE: This is a good opportunity to gauge concept formation and comprehension. You should be able to observe that the client knows that the story is humorous.

C. Implementation:
Initially the speed should be set at mentor/client discretion. During the reading the speed can be adjusted up or down as necessary for client success.

D. Successful Completion:
The client should be able to read each word as it appears. Later they should be able to report what they read and demonstrate comprehension of the story.

E. Notes:
Progress or specific difficulty for each exercise, the outcome of each session and recommendations for future sessions should be documented by the mentor

 

3) Mythical Myths

A. Description:
This exercise is the display of short stories regarding some common misconceptions.

B. Purpose:
This exercise can be used for the observation of the client’s comprehension and understanding of contrary concepts in the context of a story.

C. Implementation:
Initially the speed should be set at mentor/client discretion. During the reading the speed can be adjusted up or down as necessary for client success.

D. Successful Completion:
The client should be able to report what they read and demonstrate comprehension of the story.

E. Notes:
Progress or specific difficulty for each exercise, the outcome of each session and recommendations for future sessions should be documented by the mentor

 

4) 300 Word Stories

NOTE: At this point the client should not be speaking the words aloud and asked to select their own reading speed.

A. Description:
These are a group of stories of varying complexity to be used as reading practice for proficiency in using fixed gaze.

B. Purpose:
This exercise is focused on reading ability and habituating the eccentric viewing technique into a readily useful skill for reading.

C. Implementation:
Initially the speed should be set at mentor/client discretion. During the reading the speed can be adjusted up or down as necessary for client success.

D. Successful Completion:
The client should be able to report what they read and demonstrate comprehension of the story.

E. Notes:
Progress or specific difficulty for each exercise, the outcome of each session and recommendations for future sessions should be documented by the mentor

 

5) Complex Stories with Quizzler

Please Note: At this point in the training you will want to shift the emphasis from learning technique to reading as a pleasurable activity. The stories that are the core of this stage of the training are designed to engage the client in a “game” of comprehension skill. The Quizzler component at the end of the story provides an interactive feedback mechanism with a concrete measure for success.

The stories are organized by topic type and level of difficulty.

A. Description:
These are a series of longer stories displaying content of a more complex nature. Each story includes a comprehension testing component called a “Quizzler”. Upon successfully answering the questions regarding the reading there is reinforcement screen congratulating them on their progress.

B. Purpose:
To further reinforce the client’s facility with eccentric viewing technique through exposure to material that relates closely to the kind of reading they might do on a daily basis. At this point the client should begin to habituate the steady eye technique. This is an opportunity to apply the technique to reading for comprehension and reinforce to the client that they are reading with facility using the technique.

C. Implementation:
These stories should take on the quality of a game rather than an exercise. Initially the speed should be set at mentor/client discretion. During the reading, the speed can be adjusted up or down as necessary for client success.

D. Successful Completion:
The client should be able to complete the reading without strain or discomfort. At the end of the story they should be able to answer the comprehension questions readily.

E. Notes:
Progress or specific difficulty for each exercise, the outcome of each session and recommendations for future sessions should be documented by the mentor


3.9 Using the Quizzler Comprehension Testing

The story set included with the training package contains a powerful tool for assessing the progress of the client. This is called a “Quizzler™” and it’s an interactive quiz for measuring comprehension.

At the end of the story the client is asked to answer a series of questions relating to the text.


• If all the questions are answered successfully the program displays a “Congratulations!” screen.
• If the client misses any questions a screen is displayed that tells them how many they missed.
• Then the client is returned to the relevant text to review at their chosen speed.
• They are asked the question again and the process is repeated until they achieve a score of 100%


In this manner the client always achieves success and there is no punitive scoring.

 

Rating Progress Using the Quizzler:
The stories are grouped into sets according to content type and rated based on difficulty. The progressive nature of the stories and the accompanying Quizzlers challenges reading, comprehension and analytical skills

For each story there is a measure of expectation for successful completion. For the client the measure is objective e.g. answering each question correctly. However for the mentor there is a tool for subjective measurement of the client’s readiness to move to the next level. This is found in the number of questions the client misses and the number of times they need to review the text to score 100%. Progress from one story to the next happens as the client reaches a score of 100%. Progress from one level to the next is based on the mentor’s judgment of client readiness.

 

Another measure of reading facility is the average speed at which they choose to read. At each story level they should achieve a reading speed of 200 wpm before moving on. If they have not acquired this speed (barring any physical impairment that prevents this) they should maintain the story level and perhaps even repeat reading of a particular story.

 

There is of course a presumed fundamental reading skill level possessed by the client for training. The level at which the Level Three stories begin requires US fourth grade reading skill and vocabulary level.


 

 

 

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About the Display Software Package


Overview:
Over the course of 10 years of research and development SoftOlogy IdeaWorks created the Cinetext Software Display Engine for accelerated reading. The MagnaFlyer program includes this patented display technology for rendering the text to the screen. While the software is used daily by tens of thousands of people in every walk of life, its display methodology has additional and significant benefits for those with low vision. It has the unique capability of displaying the flow of text in a consistent location on the screen. The words are rendered using the patented "Human Cadence" technology providing a rhythm to the display of text that's as natural as human speech. This capacity increases both reading speed and comprehension while providing an experience that’s as easy as watching a movie. All the reader needs to do is sit back and watch the screen.


During rehabilitation the Cinetext display enables practice for learning steady eye and eccentric viewing. When the protocol is completed it then allows for a powerful assistive reading technology for everyday use. In essence Cinetext is designed to allow the power of the computer to make reading on screen more comfortable, easier and far faster. It’s simple to use, non-intrusive and integrates directly into the applications most people use for electronic documents.

 

    The MagnaFlyer CD contains:
  1. The Cinetext display software for Windows
  2. Windows Installer Instructions, license and key
  3. Cinetext user guide
  4. "Cheat Sheet" for quick reference of features and functions of the software

  5. System Requirements:

    Windows OS XP - Windows 7

    1GB of Ram

 


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The MagnaFlyer Training Program Package comes with every thing you need to implement rehabilitation training in almost any environment.

Technical support for the software and computer elements are included in the license. The package also includes practitioner support via email. Additional support and training services via telephone, web and video are also available.

 

 

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