Cellfield Review: Does It Benefit Dyslexic Learners?

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Cellfield is a revolutionary, computer-based reading intervention program that is based on brain imaging, brain plasticity, and computer science. The Cellfield reading program is designed to improve reading and writing skills in individuals with dyslexia by creating neural connections in the brain. The program also aims to enhance major sensory functions that are critical to reading.  

Some research has shown that the Cellfield intervention can help children make significant gains in their reading skills such as oral reading proficiency. As a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist, I’ve used my expert knowledge to create this comprehensive guide to the Cellfield reading program. Here, I’ll discuss the components of the program, the science behind it, and my own professional review. 

What is the Cellfield Reading Program?

Cellfield is a comprehensive computer-based approach designed to treat dyslexia by stimulating and connecting the areas of the brain that are involved in the process of reading. 

Who is it for?

The Cellfield reading program is suitable for children aged 6 and older who have reading difficulties such as those with:

  • Dyslexia symptoms
  • Language disorders
  • Difficulty following oral directions
  • Reading skills below grade-level
  • Reduced fluency, accuracy, and/or comprehension
  • Poor reading, spelling, and writing skills

The program can also be used with children who have poor working memory and/or eye movement control problems. 

How it Works

Cellfield is a unique reading intervention program because it focuses on the skills that the brain needs in order to read. Uniquely designed sound parcels target auditory processing. Cellfield claims to be the only technology that bonds auditory to visual pathways, helping the brain function more like a typical reader. 

A patented, motion graphics design in the Cellfield computer program is constantly moving over the words and sentences that are presented on screen. The purpose of this is to constantly stimulate the transient vision centers in a systematic way, regardless of where the student focuses the screen. 

For half of the session, the graphics are opaque, functioning as a moving mask. This forces the brain to read incomplete text in between the ‘gaps’ of the graphics, which requires the student to keep the whole sentence clearly in mind. This aims to improve the student’s reading retention. 

The Cellfield activities are designed to activate certain areas on the left side of the brain as the student reads. These are the areas that have been shown to be more interconnected and effective in proficient readers.  

Cellfield is a 16-week program that consists of 2 phases. The first is computer-based, and the second is completed with a tutor or therapist.  

Pre-Assessment (Week 1)

The Cellfield dyslexia program begins with a comprehensive pre-program assessment that is designed to identify each learner’s specific areas of difficulty. The Cellfield pre-assessment typically includes an evaluation of the student’s reading skills, phonological awareness, visual processing, and other cognitive abilities relevant to reading. 

A personalized learning plan is developed for each student based on the results of the pre-assessment. This outlines specific goals and objectives to address the student’s needs. 

Phase 1: Computer Sessions (Weeks 2 & 3) 

The child completes computer-based sessions for 1 hour per day for 10 days. This includes interactive exercises and games that are designed to target specific cognitive skills related to reading (such as rhyming exercises to target phonological awareness). 

The computer program presents a patented motion graphics design. This constantly moves over words and sentences that are being presented on the screen. This is intended to stimulate the transient vision centers in a systematic way, regardless of where the eyes are looking. 

Post-Assessment (Weeks 4 to 5)

A post-assessment is completed 10 to 14 days after the computer sessions. This assessment is designed to measure the child’s progress and continued areas of reading difficulty. 

Phase 2: Intervention Sessions (Weeks 5 to 15)

Students participate in 30-45 minute, once a week intensive intervention sessions with a therapist or tutor for 10 weeks. 

These sessions typically take place in a Cellfield center or controlled environment. They involve having the child engage in structured activities aimed at improving reading fluency, decoding skills, and comprehension abilities. 

Final 2nd Post Assessments (Week 16)

Standardized assessments such as the Gray Oral Reading Test – 5th Edition (GORT-5) and the Woodcock Reading Mastery Test – 3rd Edition (WRMT-3) are used to measure student outcomes after a child completes the Cellfield program. 

Is Cellfield Evidence-Based?

Yes, there is research that supports the Cellfield program as being grounded in evidence-based practices. 

In one study, for example, children who completed the Cellfield intervention showed a significant decrease in overall risk for dyslexia and significant improvements in phonological decoding skills. These skills were also maintained after a 3 week follow up after students completed the program. 

Who Can Become a Provider?

Qualified individuals and centers can become Cellfield providers. According to Cellfield, ideal providers include: 

  • Speech-language therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Educators (teachers, psychologists, audiologists, tutors, educational institutes) 

Those interested in becoming a provider are encouraged to contact Cellfield.

Cellfield Program Method: An SLP’s Review

As a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) with experience in Dyslexia intervention, I’ve had the first-hand opportunity to assess the Cellfield reading program. Here I’ll provide a detailed analysis of the methodology, teaching strategies, results, strengths, challenges, and expert tips for those considering to use the Cellfield dyslexia intervention program. 

Methodology & Process 

As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I see the value of the Cellfield program being backed by principles of brain plasticity. Instead of focusing on the reading material like many reading interventions do, Cellfield is based on what the brain needs in order to read efficiently. 

Cellfield works on the mechanisms of auditory and visual timing, which are critical for reading but are often omitted from other reading programs. 

Although there are limited large-scale studies that show Cellfieild is effective, I believe this to be the case with many reading programs. In my practice, I consider the individual needs of a student when determining whether to incorporate the Cellfield program in intervention.  

Teaching Strategies 

Neuroscience Based: Cellfield incorporates elements of neuroplasticity. The program aims to rewire the brain’s reading pathways so that more effective areas are utilized. 

Computer and One on One Instruction Model: The unique method uses a combination of computer-based practice and individual sessions with trained instructors. 

Progress Monitoring for Individualized Teaching: Progress is regularly monitored based on the results of post-assessments completed at intervals throughout the program, allowing instructors to adjust strategies accordingly.  


Some studies show students who use the Cellfield program have positive long-term improvements in reading and language skills, as shown through gains made on standardized reading assessments. Students may also show increased confidence and motivation as they gain improvements in reading skills. 

Certain research reviews state there have been few studies reporting outcomes for Cellfield and that they are of low methodological quality. 


The cost of the Cellfield program can differ depending on several factors, and pricing is not often readily available online. The cost differs due to factors such as location, the level of training or licensing of the therapist/tutor, and any additional services or assessments that may be needed. 

To obtain the most accurate, up to date cost, those interested should contact a Cellfield provider directly. 

Certification training can cost several thousand dollars (one site reports $3750), According to online sources such as private providers, learning centers, and parent forums, the fee parents are responsible for can be approximately $2,000.  

Parents should weigh the potential long-term benefits that the program may have on the student’s reading and language skills against the investment required. 


Therapists and tutors using the Cellfield program should provide ongoing support to students. It is critical to communicate regularly with parents and caregivers about the child’s progress and goals being targeted in the Cellfield reading program. 

While instruction is individualized and does not yield opportunities for interaction with peers, some parents have reported their child demonstrated improved peer interaction since using the program. 

Cellfield International provides information, research, and contact information for the company. This can help providers in school districts, private practices, and families on their journey to improve the child’s literacy skills. 

In my professional opinion, many students may benefit from this ongoing support from Cellfield and the instructor. This can help ensure the student retains learned skills.  

User Reviews

In my research and analysis of the Cellfield reading program, there are somewhat limited user reviews available. Although there are limited responses, several parents appear to inquire about Cellfield as an intervention program for their children who struggle with reading. 

Some of the benefits of Cellfield that parents report are:

  • Improved confidence in sounding out words
  • Improvements in reading fluency and accuracy
  • More proficient decoding abilities
  • Builds motivation 
  • Provides a safe environment that makes reading fun 

As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I believe many students with dyslexia could benefit from possibly improving these areas through the use of the Cellfield program. 

Strengths of the Cellfield Reading Program

In my opinion, the strength of the Cellfield reading program is that it uniquely targets the underlying cognitive processes that contribute to reading difficulties, such as visual processing. 

I also believe that one of the most effective aspects of the program is in its design to use principles of brain plasticity to shape the areas of the brain that are used during reading. 

And finally, the two-part program provides students with both time to develop reading skills through the computer-based program as well as individually and in person with a tutor or Speech-Language Pathologist.  

Areas for Improvement

Although the Cellfield program offers valuable interventions for many individuals with dyslexia, the lack of structured training provided to parents and caregivers is an area that could be improved. Families play a critical role in helping a student achieve progress, and a comprehensive parent training program could help empower these individuals to grow their child’s skills at home. 

Another potential downfall of Cellfield is that the program length is not as flexible as some individuals may need. Certain students may require more time, flexibility, or additional follow-up sessions through the Cellfield method in order to ensure long-term success in reading skills. 

Bottom Line

The Cellfield program offers several key features that are unique from other reading programs, such as its 2-part model combining computer based and live instruction, a focus on underlying cognitive skills used for reading. Certain limitations of the program should be considered when selecting Cellfield as a reading intervention program. 

Certain students may benefit from more flexibility and individualized instruction than the structured program offers. The potentially high cost and lack of access to a Cellfield center where the program is offered are factors that should be kept in mind when considering the program. 

In my opinion, the Cellfield program could be beneficial to use with those students who may require more positive motivation to engage in reading tasks. I believe it may also be an efficient method of improving a student’s reading skills over a relatively short period of time (16 weeks). 

✅ Utilizes a science-based approach integrating brain plasticity and technology.❌ Evidence supporting its efficacy is limited, lacking large-scale, methodologically robust studies.
✅ Engages major sensory functions crucial for reading.❌ High costs associated with the program, including technology and sessions.
✅ Provides individualized instruction, tailored to each learner’s cognitive needs.❌ Accessibility issues as the program requires specialized equipment and trained providers.
✅ Employs motion graphics to continuously stimulate the brain.❌ The strict 16-week, two-phase program may not fit every student’s pace or schedule.
✅ Demonstrates positive long-term improvements in reading and language skills.

Our Methodology: How We Reviewed the Cellfield Program

In our comprehensive review of the Cellfield program, I utilized a multi-faceted approach to ensure a thorough evaluation. By incorporating various perspectives and a detailed breakdown of key components, our review aims to provide a comprehensive, unbiased evaluation of the Cellfield program. 

This review was not sponsored, and I do not have any financial affiliations with the Cellfield program. The information I presented reflects my honest opinion on the program based on my professional experience with it. 

Below is the methodology I followed to assess the effectiveness and value of the Cellfield program: 

  • Evaluation Criteria: Clearly defined criteria guided this review. The information I included is reflective of how the Cellfield program can improve reading skills in dyslexic learners. I reviewed research from professional organizations and reputable journals, as well as case studies. My professional experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist is reflected through the information provided. 
  • Expert Analysis: As a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist, I combined my personal experience in working with children with reading difficulties with the opinions of other professionals in the field to ensure a balanced and informed review. 
  • User Feedback: The feedback I gathered was sourced directly from individuals who have used the Cellfield program. I obtained insights into the experiences of users and their families, the accessibility of the program, and the level of support provided. This enabled me to assess the overall impact of the Cellfield program. 

Forbrain and Cellfield as Complementary Dyslexia Tools 

One tool that can complement the Cellfield program is Forbrain. Forbrain is a speech and language enhancement device designed to improve auditory processing, attention, and communication skills through bone conduction technology. Forbrain uses specialized headphones to transmit sound vibrations, amplifying sounds. 

Complementing the Cellfield curriculum with the use of Forbrain, an auditory stimulation device, may enhance the overall effectiveness of intervention for individuals with Dyslexia. 

The Cellfield approach addresses the underlying cognitive skills required for reading and oral language development, such as auditory processing. Forbrain is a digital learning tool that allows the user to hear themselves slightly louder. This amplified effect can make it easier for the brain to process and remember what the user says out loud, such as when engaged in the Cellfield computer-based reading activities. 

Forbrain and Cellfield can therefore be used simultaneously in the intervention of Dyslexia, as complementary tools designed to optimize a student’s progress. 

The Use of Cellfield with and without Forbrain

Feature/AspectForbrainCellfieldCellfield with Forbrain
FunctionalityHeadset that helps with the 3 main challenges of dyslexia: verbal memory, phonological awareness, and verbal processing speed.
The combination of the dynamic filter and bone conduction amplifies the speaker’s voice and stimulates the auditory nerve, for better brain processing.
Enhances reading by linking auditory and visual pathwaysForbrain’s auditory feedback enhances Cellfield’s visual linkage training for a more comprehensive Dyslexia approach.
UsabilityMeant to be implemented into daily routines, for 10-20 minutes a day. Individuals simply need to wear the headset when reading or speaking.30 minutes to 1 hour long computer sessions  in specific settingsIntegrating Forbrain auditory training with Cellfield helps boosting Cellfield usability
Target AudienceSuitable for 3+ and older individuals with learning challenges such as dyslexiaChildren aged 6+ with Dyslexia and reading difficultiesUsed together, both tools benefit Dyslexic children by enhancing cognitive and phonological processing
BenefitsForbrain helps to improve:
– speech
– communication
– attention
– focus
– memory
– learning
Improves reading fluency, accuracy, and retentionCombining Cellfield and Forbrain is expected to synergistically improve reading skills, cognitive functions, and phonological awareness.
LimitationsNot appropriate for individuals with :
– cochlear implant
– severe hearing loss
– epilepsy
High costs, requires technology and trained providers or writing fluency.
Cost$299 for the Forbrain headset and accessories, with a 2-year warranty.Typical price is $2500 per student for the whole programDespite initial costs, combining Cellfield and Forbrain may offer long-term cost-effective benefits by potentially reducing the need for other interventions.
Support & ResourcesForbrain comes with:
– A secondary microphone that allows support from parents, therapists, or instructors.
– A headphone jack for listening to recordings or participating in online therapy programs.
Training and assessment tools provided by Cellfield providers
Clinical Evidence/ResearchForbrain uses neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to rewire and change. Several scientific studies have shown the effects of using Forbrain or auditory feedback to improve the skills of those with reading or other deficits.Limited studies; shows potential in improving reading skillsBoth tools are supported by research on neuroplasticity

Final Words

The Cellfield program is a unique intervention approach for individuals with dyslexia. It offers a structured, evidence-based method that aims to improve an individual’s reading proficiency by incorporating principles of brain plasticity and targeting core cognitive skills.  

Potential downfalls of the program include potential costs and reduced flexibility for students’ and families’ individual needs. 

To potentially complement the effectiveness of the Cellfield reading program, individuals can incorporate the use of Forbrain, an auditory stimulation headset. The use of the Cellfield program and Forbrain has the potential to provide dyslexic learners with comprehensive support in their journey to improved reading skills.  


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Amy Yacoub

Amy Yacoub, MS, CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist. She has over 12 years of experience working with children who have a variety of diagnoses and disorders, including speech and language delays, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and Autism. She is also an experienced consultant within the field

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