A confession: I get a significant thrill from reading research that confirms my personal suspicions. This happened recently when I dug into some studies about reading and achievement. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), not only does the amount of reading
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is not an issue with hearing sounds, but an issue with how the brain interprets the sounds that are heard. The challenges most often arise with spoken speech since the differences between sounds can be subtle and therefore more difficult for an individual with APD to detect. The presence of background noise can make this even more difficult. But even without background noise, people with APD are often have difficulty distinguishing differences between similar parts of speech. For example, you can say
While there isn't a cure for dyslexia, there is a treatment that is becoming popular to help people with dyslexia read better. Neurofeedback training, which is most commonly used for treatment of ADHD cases, is being used more for treating people with dyslexia. The process for neurofeedback involves a set of nodes attached to the head to process brain waves. The brain activity is monitored and controlled, where it sets up a reward/reinforcement system that either rewards or reinforces good brain behavior by the patient.
As a reading teacher, I want parents to make reading part of their children’s lives. It’s cliché, but parents are their children’s first teachers, and need to instil the love and importance of reading. When parents read books, magazines and newspapers, and involve themselves in their children’s reading growth, they’re sending a strong message that reading is fun and valuable.
Throughout grade school, the demands placed on children in the classroom are great. However, no task is more challenging in those early years of school than learning to read. Reading requires children to accurately use all of their language, decoding, phonetic, and visual skills to successfully recognize words and gather meaning from the written text. Unfortunately, about 20% of school-aged children struggle to read.
We all have a limit to our capacity to store very short-term information. The standard range is quoted as seven plus or minus two, for the number of digits a person can recall over a matter of seconds.
Easyread founder and CEO David Morgan struggled to learn to read as a child, and 30 years later, found himself in reading time battles with his own sons, who had the same problem. “It can become quite traumatic!” says David. Around the same time, he became the acting head of a prison literacy charity in the UK called The Shannon Trust. The Trust links up illiterate prisoners with literate prisoners, who are trained by the trust to mentor their peers in reading.
“Children who have not developed some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are 3 – 4 times more likely to drop out in later years.” - National Adult Literacy Survey, (2002) NCES, U.S. Department of Education