The Failure Free Reading Program

The Failure Free Reading Program is a nationally recognized reading intervention approach that will help your child achieve success in reading by increasing their vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and confidence!

Based on decades of research by Dr. Joseph Lockavitch, Failure Free Reading Home Edition (FFR Home) is available for the home, or on the go. Put the Failure Free Reading Home Edition to work for your child and family today.


Trusted by Educators and Parents for over 30 years

Failure Free Reading can help your child, no matter the circumstance, to unlock their full reading potential using our proven research-based methodology.

What is Failure Free Reading?

Failure Free Reading is a highly structured, alternative, non-phonics first, language development program specifically designed to accelerate the vocabulary and reading comprehension of chronic non-responders.

Researchers have found that the English language is highly redundant. There is a core body of 2000 of the most frequently used words in the English language. When these 2000 words are mastered, your child will be able to recognize 90% of all the words they will see in text in grades one through nine.

Failure Free Reading isn’t a traditional program so we don’t get traditional results

Our non-phonics based reading program has been proven effective and trusted, endorsed and recommended by major public school systems across the country, delivering over 2 million hours of training to readers and non-readers at all levels and with nearly any type of special needs.

If your child is just starting to learn to read or has they been struggling for quite some time, Failure Free Reading Home Edition’s research-based methodology removes the road blocks and unlocks your child’s overall reading abilities.

This unique online reading program diagnoses the child’s current reading level, then places them in the appropriate entry point in the program enabling them to instantly accelerate their vocabulary, comprehension, self-confidence and overall reading ability.

Once the pre-test is complete and the student placed at their reading level, they are introduced to essential vocabulary and phrases that they will be learning. (FFR’s core vocabulary is built from the most commonly used words in the Academic English Language that are essential for reading success. With no uncommon names, dates, places, or phrases the student can completely understand and relate to the material, without no prior reading ability).

Through a series of researched based scaffolding teaching techniques, the student will be able to experience what it feels like to read successfully… instantly motivating them to continue forward with increased confidence.


Who we help

  • K-12 (readers of all ages at any level)
  • Non-readers (chronic struggling readers)
  • Autistic Learners
  • Mild to moderate mentally impaired Learners
  • Deaf/Hearing Impaired Learners (directions available in ASL)
  • ELL/ESL - Spanish Speaking Learners (directions in Spanish)
  • Down Syndrome Learners
  • Special Needs Learners
  • Dyslexic Learners
  • Learning Disabled
  • Phonetically Deaf Learners
  • Home School and After School
  • Summer School
  • Teenagers and Older Learners
  • SAT/ACT Prep (accelerate important vocabulary)

Failure Free Reading is perfect for any reader who wants to accelerate their vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, self-esteem, and overall reading abilities!


Today, non-readers of all ages –

even secondary students and adults who gave

up a long time ago – are experiencing what it

feels like to read for meaning, with engagement

and confidence. In just the first lesson, they realize
‘I can read.’

— Dr. Joe Lockavitch
Founder – Failure Free Reading

Why Failure Free Reading?

Works for Special Needs Learners

  • Mild Autism
  • Dyslexia
  • Emotionally Handicapped
  • Mild Mentally Handicapped
  • Learning Disabled
  • Speech Impaired
  • Hearing Impaired
  • Remediation “Resisters”
  • Alternative Education

Works to Teach Life Skills

Life Skills is a special edition of Failure Free Reading designed with age and developmentally appropriate content for secondary and adult students who are severely delayed in reading and /or cognitively challenged. It is the only program that combines a complete language literacy and life skill curriculum with beginning reading instruction! Life Skills is highly structured and instructor friendly. Now even the hardest-to-reach learners can develop effective communication skills, work habits, job interview skills, and self-confidence – all while learning to read!

Works for Non-Readers

The Elementary Solution is Failure Free’s original core program, designed for Special Education students, English Language Learners, and other elementary students stuck at the emergent reading level. The program’s unique combination of scripted teacher lessons, proprietary Joseph’s Readers talking software, and independent activities enable children to immediately begin to read age-appropriate passages with full comprehension and engagement!

This program explicitly teaches the most frequent 220 English (Dolch) words and EDL Core vocabulary. A child learns each word, sentence, passage, and complete story to full comprehension. Each lesson’s pre-teaching directions and definitions are provided in both English and Spanish for English Language Learners (ELL/ESL).

Verbal Master for SAT/ACT Prep

  • SAT/ACT/exit exam preparation
  • Accelerating vocabulary and writing skills
  • Everyday vocabulary instruction
  • Extra instruction

Verbal Master Teaches:

  • Correct pronunciations & definitions
  • Synonyms
  • Comprehension
  • Spelling
  • Age-appropriate language

  • All Levels - K-Adult (SAT-Prep)
  • Age Appropriate content
  • 30 minute online lessons
  • Can fit into any schedule
  • Works across smart devices and computers
  • Parents can easily measure child's growth
  • Research based
  • Trusted by educators for over 30 years
  • No prior reading ability necessary
  • Non-phonic
  • Works with all children and adults regardless classifications
  • Instructions in Spanish for ELL/ESL
  • Instructions in ASL for Hearing Impaired

Works for the Hearing Impaired

Your deaf or hearing impaired child will read with full comprehension and signing prosody!

Your child can do faster, higher and more! This non-phonic, language-based solution is the first program to control for: sentence structure, story content, and repetition, as well as: uncommon names, dates, places, pronouns, idioms, and figurative speech!

Closed Captioned Software with ASL Video Instructions!

Works for ELL / ESL

Designed to “fast-track” ELL children’s’ critical Academic English vocabulary, expressive fluency and comprehension. While children have the option and comfort of hearing all directions in Spanish, they are always taught in English only.

  • Vocabulary Development
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Word Recognition
  • Spelling
  • Fluency
  • Scripted Lessons
  • Ample Reinforcement
  • Error Correction
  • Data Analysis


  • I wanted to make sure he stayed ahead in his reading and comprehension. I think it’s a wonderful program. From a parent’s standpoint, it’s kid-friendly.

    Tyler's Mom

Based on the research of Dr. Joseph Lockavitch

Former university professor, special education director, school psychologist, applied researcher, teacher, parent, and author of The Failure Free Reading Program.

Letter From the Founder - Dr. Joe

“For more than twenty years, I have actively developed a research-based methodology that would work for the estimated 440,000 students sitting in America’s classroom with a total sight vocabulary of less than 50 fifty words! I called that methodology The Failure Free Reading Methodology because it was so successful with these hard-core non-responders.”


Published in 9 Peer Reviewed Studies

  • Journal of Learning Disabilities
  • Special Services in the Schools
  • Proven Practices
  • The Journal of At-Risk Issues
  • The Florida Reading Quarterly
  • The Australian Journal of Learning Disabilities
  • Multiple Voices
  • Neuron
  • Neuropsychological
# of Students Using (and growing)
Hours of Classroom Instruction
English Sentences
Unique Frequent Academic English Words in Series


Failure Free Reading: Exceeding