Listen to Read – A Unique Approach
The Listen to Read program teaches through an intensive phonics approach, combining a tested and proven reading curriculum with added high frequency sound stimulation.
The Listen to Read Program assists with:
- Reading difficulties
- Fluency and comprehension problems
- General learning difficulties
- Auditory processing problems
- Memory and concentration problems
Research has shown that the program enhances learning ability.
Average students can make gains of up to two years in their reading age in just 12 weeks.
Those with specific learning difficulties can make huge steps to bridge the gaps in their learning.
How the Program Works
The Listen to Read program combines two specialised methods to give you the ultimate home based reading program. It is delivered as a listening program with an accompanying workbook so the child or student can follow along easily with minimal supervision.
1. The Listen to Read curriculum
The program teaches through a combination of:
- Intensive phonics
- Whole word approaches
- Word attack skills
Most importantly it teaches the student to understand and quickly break up words into syllables. Using repetition to gradually build on skills, it is easy to follow and stress free, as students can work at their own pace.
2. Sound Therapy filtering
The audio lessons are recorded with the special Sound Therapy high frequency filtering and music, to retrain the auditory pathways in the brain.
This improves memory and concentration and enhances the development of reading skills through intensive auditory stimulation. Sound Therapy improves attention and concentration. It helps with sequencing – getting letter sounds and combinations in the right order. It is an essential and fundamental part of learning rehabilitation and reading recovery.
How Children Learn
Each child learns differently, and some need more intensive or slower paced instruction.
English is a phonetic language. There are approximately 44 sounds (phonemes) in our language and an estimated one million words.
It makes much more sense to learn and rehearse these phonemes and apply them to new words rather than attempting to learn whole words.
How to Use Listen to Read?
The secret to the system is in the prescribed way that it is taught. Listen to Read uses auditory and visual approaches as well as a kinaesthetic (body awareness) approach to help the brain decode unknown words. This helps the student to `bridge the gap` in the learning process.
Just 30 minutes practice, five times a week, with the help of an adult reader, will usually see major gains in 12 weeks.
Ideally the program includes 30 minutes per day of active study and a recommended 30 minutes of passive listening for review. (This can be done at bed time or during other activities.)
Why Can’t My Child Read?
Causes of reading difficulties fall into three main areas:
- Auditory or visual perception difficulties
- Language processing difficulties
- Ineffective reading instruction
Classroom learning does not meet the needs of every student as some need one on one help. This is why so many students are being left behind.
Many students whose auditory or visual memory is impaired need constant revision. There is not enough time in the school day to provide this constant revision for the children who need extra support.
Auditory and Visual Perception Difficulties
A major cause of reading difficulties is poor auditory and visual processing.
In most cases the student is struggling because the visual and/or auditory processing channels are weak and need further development.
This makes it hard to focus on the words and connect the written word to the sound. These channels need training to improve perception.
Language Processing Difficulties
Several parts of the brain are involved in language processing and these parts need to work together just like an orchestra playing.
The Listen to Read program addresses each of these issues with its intensive progressive curriculum and multi-sensory interactive processes.
Who Can Use the Program?
Listen to Read can be used by children of any age, because it is a gradual, progressive program. It is ideally targeted to children of primary school age, though the advanced lessons are at high school reading level.
Most children will be familiar with the content in the first few lessons, but may need revision of this content i.e. basic letter names and sounds to remediate gaps in these early concepts. They can then work through the rest of the program at their own pace with the help of an adult reader.
Teenagers and Adults
Listen to Read can give struggling teenagers and adults a new start. Being unable to read easily in high school or the work place, or even as a parent, can be both embarrassing and can hold you back in life. The program easily identifies a suitable starting point for revision. The earlier lessons can be skipped if they are too basic. Teenagers and adults can work at their own pace gradually developing advanced level skills
The Listen to Read program is very suitable for use in the classroom as well as at home. It was designed by an experienced teacher with school applications in mind. By combining an intensive phonics-based curriculum with whole word approaches, word attack skills and syllabification, the program covers all the essential reading skills. It has therefore proven very effective in remediating reading for those children who may have fallen through the cracks with other programs.
The program has been tested in schools and both teachers and parents have been very happy with the results.