Reading Tool for Struggling Readers

Evidence-Based Tool for Kids & Adults

Joan Brennan has spent much of her 15-year teaching career observing and investigating the best ways to aid children with special needs to improve their reading abilities. For a child, teen, or adult with a learning difference (ADHD, dyslexia, autism, low vision, stroke recovery, TBI or other issues), participating in regular classroom, work or other activities without a tool can mean that reading is very difficult. Even more daunting is the fact that some struggling readers are also faced with the compounding problem of dyslexia.    

Learning tools for those with focus problems need to be designed to help children, adolescents, and young adults overcome ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning challenges. As a result, struggling readers will have a better chance of acquiring improved reading skills like fluency, comprehension and retention.  With this in mind, the evidence-based Reading Focus Cards (Patent 7,565,759) were created.  These educational reading aids for kids and adults utilize years of professional educational experience in working with special reading challenges. The results have been successful improvement in reading and in comprehension skills for individuals of all ages. 

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Reading & Learning Tools

Parents who begin to read early to their child find that it will help the little one begin to learn.  For those preschoolers accustomed to educational trips to the library with their parents, learning becomes a "fun" activity.  Reading aloud is an invaluable activity for increasing fluency in school kids, and it becomes a learning tool for new vocabulary.  

Teaching reading skills begins with the very basic elements of phonemic awareness for toddlers and young children, followed by oral reading for school-aged children.  The most difficult steps come when teaching and learning the effective strategies for focusing, good comprehension and retention as well as new vocabulary and grammar. 

Children and adults diagnosed with learning challenges and reading issues often associated with attention deficit disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, autism, low vision, stroke recovery, brain injury and other issues require a different set of tools.  Kids, teens, and adults who have difficulty focusing, need specially designed, effective, and powerful educational tools to aid them with reading and learning in all content areas of educational instruction.

What to Look for in an Educational Tool or Reading Aid for Kids & Adults

Children and adults with attention deficiencies need tools to help focus on individual words.  It is difficult for them to first focus to read a full sentence and then process its correct meaning.  Many basic, educational methods fail to provide 3 basic parameters needed to be effective and aid struggling readers:

  1.  Must help readers focus more easily on a specific text line or part of a page.

  2.  Should allow readers to concentrate on individual words or lines, as needed

  3.  Should encourage eye movement from left to right & from 1 text line to another

  4.  Should be evidence-based

The Reading Focus Cards are physical reading devices that provide all of the above support to help persons of all ages experience more reading success.  The Reading Focus Cards are also effective learning aids for kids and adults who need supportive tools and learning strategies to focus their attention on printed material at hand and the exact meaning of that material.

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