Reading Comprehension (with ADHD, Dyslexia & Autism)
Reading comprehension relates to how language is processed in the brain and the resulting understanding of the written word. For children and adults with focus issues and learning disorders, reading comprehension is often challenging.
The following issues can significantly contribute to poor reading comprehension:
-Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD or ADD)
-Dyslexia & Convergence Insufficiency
-Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
-Brain Injury, Stroke Recovery & Low Vision
-Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's & more
The Reading Focus Cards were created to help address these challenges.
1. To increase focus and attention span
2. To help filter or block out other text on a page
3. To improve the ability to decode words.
4. To provide more visual reading comfort through customized color selection
5. To promote and support more brain connectivity via their tactile and visual features
6. To improve executive function (memory, retention of content read and other skills)
In addition to benefiting individuals with ADHD, dyslexia, autism and other disorders, the Reading Focus Cards can also be helpful to many other readers who do not experience these issues (overwhelmed or fatigued readers, etc.)
Reading & Learning Disabilities
Reading comprehension can be affected by the following challenges:
Comprehension problems are frequently related to ADHD, dyslexia and autism. Reading comprehension requires sustained mental effort and attention. Understandably, an ADHD or an autistic reader by definition often will struggle with these skills. Autism also is characterized by shortened attention spans. Dyslexia inhibits a reader to properly understand the text that is read because of the decoding and other issues involved.
Sometimes, ADHD and dyslexia co-exist. The task of reading comprehension is then much more difficult than having ADHD or dyslexia alone. This is a compounded problem because dyslexia does not necessarily respond to those interventions used for ADHD.
Autism & Reading Comprehension
Autism spectrum interventions often involve sensory input to enhance comprehension. Individuals with autism are very visual learners. The sensory-appealing Reading Focus Card provides both visual and tactile stimulation that is not offensive to autistic readers and others with sensory issues. An autistic reader can have a short attention span, so reading comprehension can be very difficult. Helping an autistic individual stay involved in the reading is essential to improving comprehension.
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