Speed Reading and Learning
There are a
number of learning disabilities that affect a person’s ability to
read easily and comprehend what has been read. Attention Deficit
Disorder (ADD), with or without Hyperactivity, as well as
Dyslexia, can make it difficult and frustrating for individuals
of all ages to read. Because of this, many people with learning
disabilities shy away from books and reading altogether.
years, it has been found that speed reading may actually help
individuals with disabilities such as dyslexia or ADD. Some
studies state that some of these people can increase reading
speed more than three times and recall facts with excellent
accuracy. Research states that up to 95% of children who learn
to speed read will improve with most doubling or tripling reading
rates. In many tests, individuals who were labeled as “learning
disabled” actually showed a greater improvement than those who
were “normal” learners.
reading is an often overlooked approach to reading that may be a
needed alternate learning style. Often, individuals who have
difficult learning material that is being taught a certain way
simply need to be able to learn that material in a different
manner. This is why speed reading may actually be a more
effective method for those with learning disabilities.
Freed, M.A.T., addressed this subject in his book
Right-Brained Children in a Left-Brained World. In this
book, he explains that traditional reading is done using the left
side of the brain, while speed reading is done using the right
side of the brain. Because most individuals who have ADD or
Dyslexia are right-brained, it stands to reason that processing
text by speed reading would come easier for them than traditional
reading. It is not simply additional time or resource classes
that learning disabled students need; some cases could be aided
greatly by simply educating them in how to speed read.
Unfortunately, there are not enough educators with the
information and resources to teach individuals just how to go
about improving reading speed and accuracy. Many times,
individuals are left to research for themselves and often teach
themselves how to speed read. This, however, has proven to be
difficult at times.
are numerous resources available, especially online, it is
important to understand that not all programs are alike and not
all are right for each individual. There are a great deal of
myths about speed reading that abound, and individuals must work
hard to educate themselves about those myths as well to insure
that they are getting the most out of whatever program they
choose to follow. However, once reliable information has been
obtained, the rewards of speed reading will be more than worth
the work of the research.
suffer from a learning disability yourself or you have a child
who does, the benefits of learning how to speed read are
countless. Feeling the satisfaction of reading and comprehending
information is well worth the efforts. Despite ideas from the
past, there is help for individuals, and it is not as difficult
or as time consuming as once believed.
Speed Your Read help? If you, or your child, suffers
from ADD this can be a life-saver. I’ve had it my entire life,
and becoming a speed reader was one of the best things I’ve ever
done for myself. It’s helped me focus, and improve the quality
of my reading. My thoughts don’t tend to wander-off every few
seconds. I can sit and happily read page after page without
a complex issue. There are a lot of different factors that
contribute to its symptoms. Most dyslexics tend to have problems
identifying letters and words in the proper context. After a few
days with a quality speed reading program it can help them start
identifying words rather than just groups of letters.
specifically helps dyslexics because it allows you to change so
many different aspects of the program. You can change the
background colors (try yellow or grey), the text, and even the
way the text is displayed in the drills section. Because you can
learn at your own pace you can tailor the lessons to your unique
needs. This minimizes frustration, and keeps the process fun.
There are a
lot of snake-oil salesmen in the speed reading business. If it
seems too good to be true (like claiming that you can read 3000
words a minute) it probably is. Beware of folks offering
expensive programs that will “cure” your learning disability.
While several things can help, it’s not like a cold…you can’t
“cure” it. With speed reading you can manage the symptoms and
lead a highly productive life.