Audiobooks May Help Your Struggling Reader Keep up with the Class and Be More Independent
Does your child dread or avoid reading textbooks because the pages seem too dense, the chapters too long, or words too hard?
Does your child miss the excitement derived from reading a good book?
Having textbooks on audio allows students to spend less time struggling with homework, and more time understanding and absorbing the material.
It also frees you up from having to do the reading for your struggling reader and helps your child be more independent.
Here are two resources available to schools and parents for a nominal yearly fee (may be free to schools) that will allow students with learning disabilities to access their textbooks on audio
When reading for fun, there are many, many audio books you can buy or borrow. And the Amazon Kindle has some books which will show the words as it reads to you.
Here’s HOW to get the most out of audiobooks:
Have your child or teen read along in their textbook as they listen. Using their finger under the line of text may help them to keep their place and allows them to touch, see, and hear the words simultaneously.
This action helps students notice vocabulary, see how words look while accurately hearing them read, and increases attention and comprehension.
Research reported by Learning Ally states that students show the following improvement with the use of audiobooks:
Improved reading comprehension: 76%
Increased interest in reading: 76%
Improved reading accuracy: 52%
Increased self-confidence: 61%
Increased motivation: 67%
Audiobooks are a valuable resource and support for struggling readers.
It is important to recognize, however, that these resources do not correct the reading problem.
Most reading and spelling problems can be permanently corrected by identifying and developing the weak, underlying learning skills that are getting in the way of the student learning comfortably and efficiently.
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