Reading is an important aspect of communication. Poor reading skills can wipe out an entire nation. Reading and comprehension is the corner stone of development in any civilization. It is the basis through which information is passed on and can determine how effectively prepared we are to design the future of our dreams. In this blog post, I want to share with you some of the techniques I used to help my son develop his reading skills. And hopefully, you can adopt these techniques and help your child develop his/her reading skills, so that they too can teach themselves and further develop their talents and skills.
But before I get into the techniques, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Tiffany Simpson. I am a blogger here at TiffanySimpson.com. I am also a digital product development strategist. My journey began after my son was diagnosed with autism. It was during this challenge that I taught myself to create computer games and mobile apps to help my son overcome challenges with his speech and social skills. The results were amazing. Today, he is 10 years old. He is an animator and the creator of The Games Space and an instructor at Coder’s Fun, where he teaches other children to create animations and 3D world games. He will be launching his first book on Amazon in a couple of weeks. If you would like to learn more about our journey, please visit my about page.
Everyone Learns Differently
Once my son’s speech started to develop, we encountered a new problem. If anyone would ask him, “what is the name of your school”, he would say his name, as if he only processed the word “name” in the question. It was clear that my son did not understand a lot of what was going on around him, but would look for specific words in a discussion (that he could relate to) and use those words as basis for his response. While this technique helped to build his confidence in an attempt to communicate, I realize that unless I addressed the issue, he would have a relapse and communication could possible shut down once more.
This was the basis of the development of the Read With Me Club. It was not titled as such back then, but I will explain how the different aspects of the app works to target any learner and help them to develop their reading and comprehension skills, regardless of their individual learning styles.
I went back to the drawing board to design an app that would include all learning styles, but would also create a gate that ensure that the learner understood the materials before moving on to the next grade level.
Then of course, It would have to start from scratch, to ensure there were no gaps in their understanding of core concepts, which was the case with my son.
After much testing and tweaking, I designed a 40 week program that would help learners to practice and develop skills in print awareness, comprehension, phonics, vocabulary and spelling. Users would have to get 80% or higher of the assessment for them to access the next grade level. My son was the first guinea pig for this program, but it worked well. Too well. Check out the video below of him showcasing the results.
One of the things that is so great about the Read With Me Club, is the fact that it is personalized practice. It can also help any parent, teacher or tutor to gain a better understanding of the trouble areas any child struggles with. It also incorporates the visual, audio and tactile learning styles, which makes it ideal for anyone.
For a limited time, these free reading apps for kids (and adults) can be download and installed on your PC. It is a great resource for parents, teachers, libraries, schools, churches or any institution tasked with the mandate to help children improve their reading skills and improve their lives.
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