Dyslexia and Learning to Read

In an interview between Mary Nix, Home Education Magazine Newsletter Editor and Dr. Marion Blank, founder of the Reading Kingdom. An in-depth conversation took place, with lots of insightful information on learning to read with dyslexia and how the Reading Kingdom could help. Here is part of the interview for you to read and share your thoughts!

Mary: And how might your program help a child who is dyslexic?

Reading Kingdom: Dyslexic children have trouble with “naming;” that is, they find it difficult to come up with the words they need to label objects and persons.

All of us experience this to some extent with the annoying “tip of the tongue” phenomenon. That’s the unpleasant experience of wanting to name something but being unable to come up with the word. It seems to be stuck on the “tip of your tongue.”

In spoken language, the naming problems generally do not pose too much of a problem because the children can easily get around most difficulties. For example, if a child wants a marker and can’t come up with the word, he or she can point and say, “Please can I have that?” or say, “Pass me that thing.”

In reading, however, those maneuvers don’t work. You can’t look at a word and decide to call it “thing” or “that.” Further, the sounding out that the children are encouraged to do only exacerbate the problems. Essentially each sound you have to come up with is like a separate name. In sounding out a three-letter word like cat, for example, a child has to come up with kuh-aa-tuh. Now one word has three “names” that have to be blended together. Parents and teachers are familiar with the phenomenon and the anguish it causes the children. But all the programs they have been given fail to overcome the problem.

One technique that does help is over-learning, This term refers to the idea of learning an association so well that it is easy to recall. Reading Kingdom has been uniquely designed to capitalize on this. All the teaching of words involve numerous repetitions of the same word-a key to over-learning. At the same time, the material is designed to provide enough variety so that the child’s interest and attention are maintained. This is just one of the components built into the system to ease the learning of children with dyslexia.

If you teach dyslexic children or if your child has dyslexia, be sure to add the Reading Kingdom learning software for kids into your curriculum. Learn more about our reading strategies for struggling readers. Then try the first 30 days risk free to see the budding reader your child can become!