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USE OF INTERACTIVE READING SOFTWARE TO TEACH READING AND RAISE READING SCORES

 
Presenter #1
Linda Oswalt
Chino Valley U.S.D.
1544 Berea Ct.
Claremont
CA
91711-3505
USA
Day Phone: 909 621 2307
Fax: 909 624 7495
Email: linaka@sprynet.com

PRESENTER #2
Stanley Oswalt
Chino Valley U.S.D.
1544 Berea Ct.
Claremont
CA
91711-3505
USA
Day Phone: 909 621 02307
Fax:
Email:
 
Interactive reading software can help students raise reading scores as much as three years in one academic year. User-friendly software will be demonstrated.

Use Interactive Reading Software to Teach Reading and Raise Reading Scores and Literacy Levels

Interactive reading software can be effectively used to teach reading, raise reading scores, and increase literacy levels. A number of Interactive Reading Programs are available to use in teaching students of all levels and abilities to read.   Often students with learning disabilities are unable to learn by the traditional phonics instruction but can, and do, learn to read using more sight -based reading instruction.  See how programs such as Lexia SOS, Start-To-Finish, Read Naturally and other useful interactive reading programs and software (that use the neurological impress method) can help your students raise their reading scores as much as three years in one academic instructional year.  User-friendly programs will be demonstrated to teach multiple skill levels from non-reader to higher functional levels. The neurological impress method, whether utilizing interactive software or other reading programs or materials, can improve reading scores with students being served in!
the special education programs within the public school system.    

A number of Interactive Reading Programs are available for teaching students of all levels and abilities to read.   Often students with learning disabilities are unable to learn by the traditional phonics instruction but can, and do, learn to read using more sight -based reading instruction.  I would like to present some interactive reading programs that are user friendly and, for the most part, affordable to Special Education Teacher budgets.  For twenty-five years, both in private practice and in public education, I have continued to use interactive reading instruction programs.   Participants will see how the use of programs such as Lexia SOS, Start-To-Finish Books, Read Naturally, Edmark and other effective interactive reading programs and software will help their students raise their reading scores as much as three years in one academic instructional year (and raise their confidence level, too). Programs and techniques that have proven successful will be demonstrated, to !
teach skill levels from non-readers to higher functioning students.  I will also show suggested supplemental or printable materials to use with these programs.  Attendees will see ways that they can turn non-readers into readers and raise reading scores at any level.
The neurological impress method is an approach to teaching reading in which the teacher, or a model such as a computer or CD, and learner read together while tracking the words.  This method has been shown to be extremely successful when teaching students to read that have not been successful with other reading instruction in the past.  One of the simplest and most effective ways to use this method is by incorporating interactive software that teaches reading.   Students read along, following visual cues while listening to verbal prompts.  Reading skills improve.  Auditory processing skills improve.  Reading and literacy scores improve dramatically.
People of all ages seem to love working on computers.  Instructors can teach one-to-one, in small groups, or with the entire class using such programs. Based on my experience, students of average intelligence, using these programs three times a week, will improve their reading scores from two to four grade levels during one academic calendar year. Students with less than average intelligence can improve one to two years academically, based on my experience and data collected.


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