Computer Reading Programs
— Navigating the Waters
Computer Reading Programs — Playing ‘Multiple Choice’ With Your Options
Computer reading programs are advertised all over the Internet. The landscape is diverse and often confusing. In addition to well-known software packages, there are online speed-reading courses, rule-based memory systems, phonics games, remedial workbooks, whole word exercises, and chat room tutoring. Remarkably, there are even podcasts, webcasts, and Google videos of the mainstream content.
Computer Reading Programs — One Choice That Works
Computer reading programs are really no different than any other reading programs. The key to success is the educational philosophy underlying the reading system, not the mechanism of delivery. Most reading programs are built on an underlying philosophy that assumes readers have pre-existing and fully-developed cognitive skills. This means that most computer reading programs focus on reading instruction, rule-based lessons, and fluency games, rather than addressing reading issues at the foundational level of cognitive processing.
Any computer reading program can deliver some level of success for children who possess strong cognitive skills, but for those with weaker cognitive foundations, most programs will only add to the frustration. Without the basic cognitive abilities in place to process sounds and associate them correctly with letters and concepts, students will experience little or no reading improvement with the popular computer reading programs, systems, and games.
The collective research from numerous organizations and agencies is clear: A weak foundation in cognitive skills is the biggest issue facing struggling readers. In fact, according to nearly 130 comprehensive studies, 88% of below-grade-level readers have significant weaknesses in cognitive skills such as auditory processing. Therefore, reading programs that start by addressing underlying cognitive abilities are the only programs that will be successful in a large majority of the cases. Thus, if parents are looking for effective computer reading programs, they must start at this fundamental level, strengthen cognitive skills, and then stretch those core abilities through effective reading exercises.
Computer Reading Programs — Dramatic Reading Success
At LearningRx, we’ve been studying the mainstream computer reading programs for nearly two decades. Generally, they’re unable to provide effective solutions to correct the real causes underlying reading struggles. At LearningRx, we’re able to start with a cognitive skills assessment to identify your child’s foundational weaknesses, and then we structure an effective, one-on-one training program to develop the cognitive skills necessary for dramatic reading gains.
Rather than a “one-size-fits-all” computer reading program, LearningRx has developed an individualized training system that builds auditory processing, visual processing, attention skills, memory skills, processing speed, logic and reasoning, and comprehension. Rather than standardized computer instruction and reading games, we take your child through an intense training program that delivers significant and measurable results within a short period of time. Incredibly, in the last few years, the LearningRx system has averaged 4.96 years of reading improvement in approximately 24 weeks of customized coaching and training.