The Science Behind Sound Reading

Reading is a Special Type of Listening Process,
It’s About 98% Auditory and 2% Visual

When we read, our eyes act like a second set of ears!

Sound Reading Online is based on print-to-speech processing and elevates a student’s reading ability by rapidly developing Phonemic Awareness and Auditory Processing skills. Sound Reading is not a phonics program. Sound Reading develops the skills necessary to complete phonics programs. Our unique methodology strengthens the innate skills all readers have!

The fact is that the majority of reading problems stem from simple auditory disconnects which prevent people from matching the correct sounds to printed words. This disconnect is at the root of every roadblock experienced when learning phonics, from mastering short vowels and consonant blends to navigating through rules and exceptions. Students who read less than 80 words per minute rarely pass fourth grade standardized tests. Yet those who read faster than 100 words per minute invariably meet standards of excellence.

Reading is an auditory experience, it is essential that auditory processing skills are mastered.  Reading requires two components, the first is the visual. The second component of reading, and the most important part, is the auditory processing. Auditory processing is the ability to hear and process speech sounds and spoken words in the brain. Individuals that are blind can still read, because they depend on the 98% of the brain that uses auditory processing to hear the sounds and match those sounds into words. Hence the importance of developing auditory processing skills. Natural readers have strong auditory processing skills, exceptional phonemic awareness and the ability to hear all the discrete sounds and differences in spoken words.

Leveled books and phonics instruction are the traditional methods for addressing this issue. While those methods work well for improving reading fluency once auditory skills are intact, they do little to help the approximately 35% of the English speaking population who have fundamental auditory issues.

With its intense focus on letters and printed words, phonics is NOT the solution to low literacy rates. According to the National Reading Panel the solution to auditory reading problems lies within the science of auditory therapy. Focusing on the auditory solution is why Sound Reading Solutions’ proprietary auditory therapy system has had such phenomenal success in classrooms around the United States.

Phonemic Awareness is an auditory and oral process. An example of a Phonemic Awareness skill is to correctly identify every sound in the word in ‘kite’.

The answer: /k/ /i/ /te/.

Auditory Processing refers to how the brain perceives and interprets sound information. Many reading disorders stem from Auditory Processing challenges.

Sound Reading heavily relies on audio cues to develop the Auditory Process.

Speech Therapy and Auditory Processing

Sound Reading’s unique methods are grounded in speech therapy. Not just any auditory therapy will do. The key for struggling readers is making strong connections between spoken and written words. Sound Reading uses a proprietary system , which is the only fully research-based auditory therapy program available on the market. With over a decade of in-school field testing, this method has become a leader in speech therapy solutions. After using our program, students who had been struggling with phonics for years were able to catch up and surpass their grade level in a matter of months.

Sound Reading combines auditory discrimination, sequencing and processing therapy with phonemic awareness and phoneme manipulation. On top of this solid foundation we introduce letters and meaningful words. Students will learn the complex English code in weeks without rules and exceptions. Sound Reading is also highly effective with older students, who need deeper phonemic awareness to decipher complex words.

Solving the auditory problems is only the first step in training an efficient reader. Without fluency, the reader still remains behind his peers. To address this, Students learn to rapidly and automatically read simple and complex words, sentences, and short stories in our Small Steps Reading Therapy practice.

Our system is easy to use and the pace is driven by the user through a computer interface. Sitting down for just one 20 minute therapy interval every day will show marked results in only 6 weeks of use. Ease of use and general applicability are why we have been able to successfully distribute our product to classroom teachers, speech therapists, paraprofessionals, parents, and volunteers in urban, rural and suburban areas.

Whether sitting alone in the comfort of your home, or sitting with peers in the classroom, Sound Reading is equally effective at teaching reading.

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