Alex* is a lovely adolescent girl who has strong verbal comprehension and perceptual reasoning skills. Alex’s processing speed is excellent on tasks that only require visual perception and visual discrimination. In other words, she is quickly able to perceive and write symbols that lack linguistic meaning. Her rate of processing information is hindered when Alex is required to read and comprehend information. Alex’s reading fluency is her greatest weakness and has caused her to struggle with reading since first grade. In spite of years of intervention Alex’s reading speed continues to be significantly lower than her verbal comprehension abilities when she is reading passages under time constraints.
Alex has strong reading comprehension skills. She has a superior ability to read words from a list, as well as read short sentences. However, Alex’s reading rate and rapid naming skills are significantly below her vocabulary and sight-reading skills. Strengthening Alex’s rapid naming skills will enable her to read more fluently.
At this time Alex is able to perform to her potential in school due to the extra time she is provided on tests. When Alex is required to read within a time limit she is severely hindered in the amount of material she can process. Without extra time, Alex is unable to read enough material to demonstrate her comprehension of the material. Alex qualifies for extra time on standardized tests, but is there anything that can be done to help her reading rate?
Here are some ideas for Alex and her family to explore:
- Read Naturally Program to build reading fluency
- Dynamic Reader Computer program for reading fluency
- Use higher levels of Lindamood-Bell LIPs program to build phonological memory skills
- Use Rapid Naming material to integrate visual and auditory modalities
- Use visual worksheets to build visual attention