Why do some children struggle to read?
There are 2 main reasons why phonics alone isn't enough for some children:
- They have poor eye control
- And they have poor phonological awareness
Engaging Eyes Vision Training
To read fluently we need to focus both eyes on the same point, and then track across the page.
98% of struggling readers' eyes don't do this. Their eyes focus on different letters, so their brain has to work very hard to decipher what they see.
They can't track their eyes smoothly across the page. They skip letters, words and lines. Their eyes scan backwards as much as forwards, which is why they reverse b's and d's, and lose their place.
This vision problem isn't tested at a regular eye test and often goes unnoticed.
Yet it is easily fixed, by regularly playing vision training games that exercise the eye muscles.
And that's exactly what Engaging Eyes does. Vision training games are played for 10 minutes a day and the results are remarkable.Engaging Eyes
Fluency Builder Phonological Awareness
MRI scans show that struggling readers and fluent readers activate different regions in their brain when they read. This is because struggling readers have poor phonological awareness.
Children with poor phonological awareness just hear words as one sound. They can't hear that goat contains three sounds; 'g-oa-t'. So teaching them how to pronounce the grapheme 'oa' doesn't help them read the word 'goat'.
Research has found that children who started school with poor phonological awareness, stay behind in reading throughout their education. However, the good news is that this problem can be remediated. A phonological awareness intervention enables these children to catch up.
Without good phonological awareness, you can't use phonics to read.Fluency Builder