Reading among today’s youth
Although the humble thumb has paved the way for evolutionary progress in our species, it has been relegated to the use of gaming gadgets by most of the very young. Reading, sadly, has been put aside in favor of technological recreation. It may not be as negative as one may think as this may be part of a bigger scope of progress.
Summer is on its way, and so are our fears of our children getting holed up in electronic trenches. Aside from the typical sporting clinics and music lessons, why not try and rekindle ties with a long lost friend and open doors to the written word? There is a distinct difference between reading just to get by, and reading to comprehend.
Firing up imagination and creative thinking
The latter leads to more neurons firing up in the brain: imagination, creativity, healthy curiosity, and a general eagerness to delve into any field, due mostly to initial exploration done through the good old sturdy book. A child exposed to mental exploration of flora and fauna through the wonders of words will conjure up his own safari. He or she will begin to ask many a question, and no sooner be tugging on your shirt tails for a visit to a petting zoo. A fantasy book about racing cars and heroes may prompt a child to be more technically adept with machinery. And though good reads on fairy tales may not teach your daughter how to fly, they may encourage her towards the arts.
Memories of Dyslexia
Reading is a gift. From a personal perspective, I grew up with Dyslexia, a learning disability characterized by the brain having a different method of processing words. Reading and writing are potential challenges, as well as memory or retention of words. I used “different” instead of “difficulty” specifically to let you know that dyslexics do not typically have low intelligence quotients. In fact, most may excel in school once proper therapy is given.
Click here to read more about the Harris Method for dyslexia and the FastForWord Program.
Read on to learn more about the Harris Method for dyslexia and the FastForWord Program.
A learning method in the 80s did no wonders for me. Private tutorials and after-school work allowed me to excel academically and graduate a year ahead. Today, as an athlete, businessman and freelance writer, I try to squeeze in a book here and there, insisting on materials of substance, online (like this one!) or on print. Coupled with a positive attitude, Dyslexia did not become an obstacle for me, though I also credit plenty of educators for their patience.
Whether or not your child has a learning disability, the written word should be introduced to him nonetheless. A new program is now available in the Philippines that may cultivate the love for reading, communication and academic development in a progressive atmosphere, something I wish existed in the 80s!
Fast ForWord Program: Literacy program for children with learning disabilities
The Fast ForWord Program is based on 30 years of intensive research by professionals worldwide. They base learning on cognitive skills that enhance everything from pronunciation to memory, grammar to sound structure awareness, comprehension and “word decoding” or the use of familiar words to figure out new ones. Literacy is gently accorded to the student, as the system is non-traditional and personalized. According to them, three to five days of sessions per week for 8-12 weeks can put a child ahead in reading skills by one to two years.
Effective for all types of developing minds including those with ADHD, dyslexia or other learning disabilities, this program is run locally by psychology and speech therapy professionals. It is software-based to allow for a gentle assimilation of modern science, and utilizes personalized instruction, thus may give your child the learning edge.
Fast ForWord is available at the following schools:
Unit 417 Tower B, Wack-Wack Twin Towers, Wack-Wack Road,
(02)717-0179 and (02)794-0042
2. The Little Campus
Unit 204, Jafer Place Bldg., 19 Eisenhower St., Greenhills
3. The Light House SPED - Teach Inc.
70 Calamba St., Sta. Mesa Heights QC;
Give your child the gift of a good book. The treasures that lie dormant within, when awakened, will last a lifetime.
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