The Software

Sound Reading software uses over 30 activity types to strengthen and enhance a students’ fundamental reading skills. All our programs are designed to develop strong auditory processing, fluency and reading comprehension.

Changing the Way the Brain Reads

Sound Reading Programs tackle the heart of reading difficulties by activating three areas of the brain. These areas of the brain are often well developed in natural readers, however, struggling readers prove to be deficit in these areas causing a need for additional support. Sound Reading Programs train the brain to approach reading from a new perspective and help develop essential reading skills along the way. The three main areas Sound Reading addresses include:

Accuracy Areas – Struggling readers often mispronounce words. This is because accuracy depends on a very well-honed sense of speech and the ability to interpret written words as spoken words. By focusing on developing auditory skills, phonemic awareness, and fluency, Sound Reading Programs will quickly have your child reading with astounding degrees of accuracy. Due to the unique design of our software even students that have struggled with the whole-word, phonics or balanced approach in the past have shown great success when using our program.

Automaticity Areas – Accurate reading that is strenuous rarely results in motivated and meaningful reading. Natural readers have the ability to hear and process the sounds of words in their head automatically whereas struggling readers often are not able to hear the needed sounds to decode unfamiliar words. This is where Sound Reading helps struggling readers develop their automaticity by helping individuals first develop their ability to hear and process sounds, then properly match the sounds to letters and words. Sound Reading’s Flash Fluency practice is to effectively teach reading fluency using activities such as: automatic naming and oral recall.

Comprehension Areas – Comprehension reading is reading with complete understanding of text. It involves knowledge of vocabulary, understanding of sentence structure and the ability to interpret the intentions of the author. When the brain lacks “reading comprehension skills” it relies on the half of the brain devoted to listening comprehension. Knowing the science behind reading, Sound Reading uses activities that tightly link reading and listening comprehension, resulting in significant gains in both understanding and meaning.

Example Activities

Phoneme Manipulation

pa2-activityStudents change blocks to represent sound changes in words. This activity develops auditory processing skills by training the brain to hear, process and manipulate sounds without attaching the sound to a letter. By doing this learners are developing their memory skills and their ability to distinguish sounds and word patterns, which leads to improved word recognition and fluency.

 


Word Recognition / Automaticity

Word Recognition and Automaticity (fluency) refers to an individual’s ability to see a word and associate it with a meaning. Often individuals learning a new language are most likely novices in word recognition and can only recognize a select number of words. Adults and native speakers most likely have a highly developed capacity for word recognition. In order to automatically recognize words fluently learners must become familiar with the word so that it becomes stored in the brain and upon site the meaning becomes automatic. Sound Reading’s Word Recognition/Automaticity activities help individuals become familiar with new words eventually making them automatically recognizable.


 Listening Comprehension

Listening Comprehension is best described as a person’s ability to listen and understand what they hear. Developing listening comprehension is an essential reading skill that also helps develop auditory discrimination. Sound Reading’s activities help learners improve their listening comprehension which leads to better understanding and overall improved reading skills.

Motivation & Achievements

Badges

Sound Reading Online uses motivational artistic badges to encourage students on their journey towards reading success. As a child completes a level they are rewarded with an artistic image. Studies show that by simply looking at an artistic image students become more open-minded and accepting of new ideas. The goal of Sound Reading is to approach reading from an new perspective and by creating a learning environment that not only teaches essential reading skills but also offers a level of comfort through the use of art, our program helps student expand their horizons in a variety of ways.

Emerging Artists

In an effort to help individuals learn to enjoy the process reading we have added motivational artwork from some of the leading emerging artists in Upstate New York to our Remedy program. Click here to see their profiles.