The Aldu Support Center for children and adolescents explains today on the blog Reading problems, the most common reading difficulties, and how to work on reading problems
Aldu: What are we doing?
Aldu is a neuropsychological therapy center in which We treat and work on motor and development problems that arise from the development of children and adolescentsas well as learn Difficulties and problems from the academic environment. To this end, we have a full group of professionals from various therapeutic fields to give a comprehensive and complete answer to these difficulties.
We begin with a full assessment of all areas that can affect development with the aim of figuring out what the problem is in order to tailor therapy to the specific focus that is creating these difficulties.
The Importance of Reading in the Academic Setting: Children with Reading Difficulties
Reading is that Cornerstone of learningWithout a good development of the reading process, it is difficult to get good academic results in the remaining competencies. It affects most academic areas.
Learning to read is an ongoing process that goes through various phases. We see it as an obstacle course.
Phase 1: Readings
In this obstacle course, the outcome is those processes before reading, but necessary so that learning can continue unhindered. Such as good development of the processes related to motor development, the definition of laterality, the correct development of vision and hearing, etc. In short, it is necessary to have a good basis for reading skills developing normally.
Phase 2: Phonological Awareness
In the parable of the race, the second phase would be to develop a good phonological awareness. It is a prerequisite to start the phonetic phase
Phase 3: Phonetics
In the phonetic phase of the Decoding process begins, this phase is final in order to achieve a high quality reading. The process of getting a good decode is long but necessary. The better the decoding, the faster the reading.
Phase 4: semantics
With the Reading speed We would reach the goal of our race where reading is automated and where there are no barriers to a good understanding of the text we are reading. We call this phase the semantic phase.
There are many factors in the reading process that are required for a high quality reading and they are closely related. The better the decoding of a text, the faster the reading speed, and this fact improves understanding. Because the cognitive processes responsible for this task focus on the semantic aspects of the text when the phonetics are performed automatically.
Good reading, agile and of good quality, makes studying a lot easier because we invest less time in this task and understanding is easier. It especially helps pave the way to learning.
Most common reading problems: if you have reading difficulties
One of most common reading problems In the consultation we encounter the problem of mastering reading. Learning the strategies necessary for this skill is not always easy. Learning to read with semantic quality involves a process that we represent as a continuum with three different phases:
- Reading aloud (phonological awareness)
- Introduction to reading (letter recognition)
- Reading (from the phonetic phase to the reading automation or semantic phase).
Various symptoms that are directly related to the reading process may appear during these phases, such as: B. Difficulties in phonological perception, decoding, printing, reading accuracy, insufficient speed, poor understanding of texts, etc.
How do I recognize reading problems? Reading Difficulty Tests
However, these are only symptoms of inherent problems that must be localized for a successful and effective intervention. As a first step towards an accurate diagnosis, it is important to check the information input paths, sight and hearing, also to evaluate laterality or hemispheric dominance and motor development as well as higher executive functions, cognitive flexibility, planning and organization. Language, etc. It is also important to assess the neurological fundamentals required to achieve high quality reading skills in all areas.
Once the relevant tests have been completed and the problem is localized, we begin therapy or training. To do this, work must be carried out on the parameters that are necessary to achieve the above-mentioned reading skills, if necessary.
Regardless of the traditional methods used in the consultation to improve reading, it is also necessary to work on the concepts related to reading that must be mastered in order to achieve adequate reading, such as:
- phonological awareness
- good decoding
- work the expression
- Improve reading accuracy (error-free reading)
- Understanding the material we read, as well as the interpretation, conclusion of the texts.
Benefits of Training Reading Problems with NeuronUP
Since we started working with NeuronUP, the platform, a few months ago, this complex task has become a lot easier as its numerous activities allow us to stimulate the skills that reading requires, such as visual acuity, letter localization and the process of phoneme repetition, expression, etc. .
NeuronUP also encourages reading and distinguishing between words and pseudo-words, helping to create visual pathways necessary for optimal reading ability.
The process of acquiring a high quality reading is complex and lengthy. And when there is difficulty in achieving that goal, the process becomes even more difficult. Hence, it is important to keep the child with a high level of motivation. In this sense, NeuronUP helps with thisas all of his activities are playful and playful, which hinders motivation and adherence to therapy.
A child doing the NeuronUP Copy the Letters activity
Another important benefit of Neuronup is the ability to Working from home with all these components every day. This assumes you are working from the safety of your home and has the benefit of learning to read every day. This aspect is of crucial importance provides a repeating pattern necessary to achieve automated reading.
NeuronUP offers levels of difficulty that make it possible to program an ainadequate treatment to the level of each child and to move forward with an individual rhythm adapted to the circumstances and moments of each child. It’s like making a bespoke suit therapeutically.
Working with NeuronUP also makes it possible to learn to read with children who have lagged behind in their development, as it is a convenient, easy and fun way to learn about the world of letters.
The discovery of a different approach to reading
When we started NeuronUP, we didn’t see the program as a therapeutic option for treating reading problems, but rather as a cognitive stimulation treatment for more neurological disorders.
When we learned about the program and its activities, we found that we could also approach the reading realm, as NeuronUP has specific activities to work on the cognitive aspects of reading that could help improve it. In these months we have achieved very good results and we have succeeded in accelerating the process of reading automation for many children.
NeuronUP gives us another different and complete way to work on reading difficulties
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