Innovative Reading Program Produces Exceptional Results in Nationwide Tests

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Exciting brain research is translated into new ways of ending one of the nations most persistent and pervasive problems, reading difficulties. Sound Reading develops a new concept, called "Reading Therapy." Researched in Cornell University Labs, this method targets the three areas of the brain that ensure reading success.

As students progress in school the written words get longer and harder to hear distinctly. So teens and adults need greater phonemic awareness to read words like unconstitutional than they need to read cat or run.

Literacy education is nearing a crisis point. No Child Left Behind has had minimal impact on reading scores. The Department of Education recently announced a new initiative, called Race to the Top. The message to educators is clear, innovate or innovation will be forced upon you.

There has been an explosion in educational research into the reading process, with brain imaging leading to radical breakthroughs. Yet the instructional methods used by teachers are little changed.

"What struggling students need isn't more reading instruction. They need reading therapy," states Bruce Howlett, the founder of Sound Reading Solutions. "Reading therapy goes to the source of reading problems, the way the brain handles spoken words." Working with dozens of educators and researchers at Cornell University, Sound Reading developed the first new reading method in decades.

Sound Reading developed the Clear Code Method using reading software to develop the neurological conditions that allow struggling readers to use the same skills "natural readers" use to learn to read with so little effort.

Virtually all kindergartners and first graders with reading difficulties have subtle weaknesses in their listening skills. "The same kids who struggle to understand a story when it is read to them will struggle when they try to read to themselves. The research is clear; they invariably suffer from auditory processing, or listening difficulties."

The research that lead up to No Child Left Behind focused on one auditory skill, called phonemic awareness. This ability to hear each distinct sound in a spoken word is the critical skill needed for early reading development. Current research has focused on a broader range of auditory issues that hinder reading and makes learning phonics difficult.

Some early attempts to take the auditory approach to reading, including Cognitive Concepts' Earobics and Scientific Learning's "Fast Forword" relied on classical phonics methods to teach word reading. Sound Reading developed the Clear Code Method using reading software to develop the neurological conditions that allow struggling readers to use the same skills "natural readers" use to learn to read with so little effort. "We need to stop looking at reading as something to teach students. Rather we should develop the brain processes that lead to meaningful, effortless reading."

"I think the biggest issue with phonics isn't just the visual approach - letters and printed words. It's that English is, by far, the hardest language to read if you start with letters. English also requires exceptional phonemic awareness because its sound system is exceedingly complex." Howlett recently presented his findings on the limitation of phonics at the annual meeting of The Council for Exceptional Children called "Top Ten Reasons Teaching Phonics Hurts My Brain".

Sound Reading was the subject of a recent research paper showing that phonemic awareness and auditory skills are even more critical in older students. "As students progress in school the written words get longer and harder to hear distinctly. So teens and adults need greater phonemic awareness to read words like unconstitutional than they need to read cat or run."

"We need to stop looking at reading as something to teach students. Rather we should develop the brain processes that lead to meaningful, effortless reading."

For additional information please visit http://www.Soundreading.com or contact Bruce Howlett at 800.801.1954.

Sound Reading Solutions is a ten-year-old company founded by a group of educators and researchers. Sound Reading produces true innovations in reading and math instruction and is used in schools, nationwide.

Contact:
Jonathan Meyerhoff, Director of Public Relations
Sound Reading Solutions
800-801-1954
http://www.SoundReading.com

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