Red Flag Warning: Any Child Who Doesn't Like to Read!
If your child avoids reading, here are good tips from Ann:
- Have your child read aloud to you 15 minutes a day, 5-7 days a week, consistently.
- Don't say the word he struggles with, but help him sound out words. It is critically important for every reader to know how to sound out words.
- Don't let him skip words or misread (example: reads that for than, of instead of for ).
- For the 'good reader' who doesn't remember what she has read, do this exercise: She reads aloud, pausing slightly to tap once at each comma or semi-colon, and tapping twice at the end of each sentence. She cannot be voicing while tapping. This allows the brain time to catch up, and with time and practice, builds in a good habit of recognizing punctuation.
If your child doesn't make significant progress after a month or so, call us. We do some of our BEST work at the reading table! Here's a comment from one 6th grader: "Miss Ann, I like to read now!" This young lady now enjoys her studies as an art student at a well-recognized college in Georgia. Her parents told me recently that, through high school, Tanya's "nose was always in a book"!
Most of the children I test for processing and reading skills show deep deficiencies in auditory processing, which is critically important for good reading ability, comprehension and social interaction. So many struggle with reading (and therefore, with all their academic subjects) and may never know the joy of getting into a really good book! The Listening Program has proven itself with my clients over and over in developing those very necessary auditory skills.
This morning as I read research studies posted to the Advanced Brain Technologies site, I found more about the positive effects of sound therapy for students with Downs Syndrome and with Autism. I was not surprised to read the impressive results shown for twelve children with Autism. These children had completed only half of the program when they were retested. Significant improvements were found in eleven areas, such as: using more words, following instructions, mixing with children, swimming, better sleep patterns, coordination, reduced fidgeting and more food tolerances.
In another study, nine Downs children (also retested halfway through the twenty-week program) also showed very good progress. Their parents recorded: able to listen better, using more words and stringing more words together, clearer speech, more compliant, better coordination, among other improvements.
Hope this is helpful and encouraging!
There are many behaviors we associate with good learning and successful students. One of my teenage students, Jeff, has been on The Listening Program for a few months, along with reading therapy. Jeff's mother recently noted these changes in him:
- Jeff seems less distractible
- He is reading more fluently
- Jeff is better able to get going in the morning.
- He's able to handle everyday tasks without getting overwhelmed.
- More independent
- More responsible
- Seems more mature
- He even has a better sense of humor.
Jeff is only halfway through the program, but he and his family are already benefiting from these changes in his life. He's a happier kid!
Phonological awareness is an auditory processing skill. It refers to an individual's ability to process the sound structure of spoken words. Phonological awareness is a reliable indicator of later reading success or failure.
Always interested in the latest research about dyslexia, I found an article, which may be helpful to parents of children showing signs of dyslexia, speech or reading problems.
We specialize in auditory processing skills and phonemic awareness at A+ Learning Solutions, as these skills are key to reading and comprehending successfully. Our students' improved confidence and academic performance attest to the effectiveness of our training.
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