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Technology helps kids learn to read

Published On: Jul 07 2014 02:47:11 PM CDT
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(NewsUSA) - Parents know that the best way to instill a love of reading in a child is to read to them early and often. Unfortunately, this does not guarantee an avid book lover. Nor does it guarantee that a child will be able to read well.

That's because children learn differently, experts say. Some need visual experiences, while others respond to auditory cues. Still others need a hands-on approach.

Despite parents' best efforts, however, sometimes children continue to struggle to make sense of words on a page. So, what's a concerned (but frustrated) parent to do?

"Children's reading problems are rooted in how they process information," says educator David Fowler, M. Ed.

Fowler likens a child's mind to a computer, noting that their mind either "processes information quickly and accurately or misinterprets and disorganizes it."

To this end, reading programs that use technology can be an invaluable resource for both kids and parents by retraining how the brain processes information.

To ease parents' worries, Fowler underscores that the problem does not lie with a child's intelligence, but rather that the child's mind is only working at half of it's true potential.

"This is simply because the learning patterns they've adopted prevent them from reading faster and comprehending more," he says.