Changing the Way the Brain Reads
Sound Reading Programs tackle the heart of reading difficulties by activating three areas of the brain. These areas of the brain are often well developed in natural readers, however, struggling readers prove to be deficit in these areas causing a need for additional support. Sound Reading Programs train the brain to approach reading from a new perspective and help develop essential reading skills along the way.
Fairview Elementary School
Fairview Elementary used Sound Reading with 5 of their 6 kindergarten classes. As a result, their students improved their reading ability dramatically. At the start of the year less than 5% of students were reading at grade level. By the end of the program over 90% of students were reading at grade level.
“The staff and tutors all noted significant growth with each student in terms of attitude toward the reading process and willingness to engage.”
Mimi Williams, M.Ed – Curriculum Facilitator, Fairview Elementar
The most natural way to read
The three main areas Sound Reading addresses include:
Accuracy Areas – Struggling readers often mispronounce words. This is because accuracy depends on a very well-honed sense of speech and the ability to interpret written words as spoken words. By focusing on developing auditory skills, phonemic awareness, and fluency, Sound Reading Programs will quickly have your child reading with astounding degrees of accuracy. Due to the unique design of our software even students that have struggled with the whole-word, phonics or balanced approach in the past have shown great success when using our program.
Automaticity Areas – Accurate reading that is strenuous rarely results in motivated and meaningful reading. Natural readers have the ability to hear and process the sounds of words in their head automatically whereas struggling readers often are not able to hear the needed sounds to decode unfamiliar words. This is where Sound Reading helps struggling readers develop their automaticity by helping individuals first develop their ability to hear and process sounds, then properly match the sounds to letters and words. Sound Reading’s Flash Fluency practice is to effectively teach reading fluency using activities such as: automatic naming and oral recall.
Comprehension Areas – Comprehension reading is reading with complete understanding of text. It involves knowledge of vocabulary, understanding of sentence structure and the ability to interpret the intentions of the author. When the brain lacks “reading comprehension skills” it relies on the half of the brain devoted to listening comprehension. Knowing the science behind reading, Sound Reading uses activities that tightly link reading and listening comprehension, resulting in significant gains in both understanding and meaning.
Carter G. Woodson Middle School, VA
Five classrooms at Carter G. Woodson Middle School used the Sound Reading software and saw dramatic improvements. Teachers used the program as a supplement to their existing reading programs and the students adapted to the program quickly, mastering basic reading skills as early as five weeks after beginning the program. Sound Reading proved to work effectively in both small and large classrooms. Teachers were thrilled with how easy it was to teach.
Savannah High, Savannah, GA
Over the course of a month long pilot, 5 students (one 6th grader and four 8th graders) at Savannah High, GA made remarkable growth in reading comprehension with the Sound Reading software. All students showed improvement in a timed reading comprehension test. When one of the students who participated in the pilot was asked by her teacher to describe what she thought about Sound Reading in one word, her response was “Great!”
ELL / ESL
Sound Reading has proven to help ELL/ESL students become proficient in the English language. Our program helps individuals go from limited English ability to reading English passages within a few months.
Sound Reading can rapidly build your students' foundational reading skills. Call or email and I will be glad to answer questions and discuss how we can get even your lowest students reading right away.