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The Case for Audiobooks

Some people will argue that listening to a book does not have the same benefits as reading it yourself. That is true, but just because it does not have the same benefits does not mean it is any less effective.

A popular model of reading is called “The Simple View (Gough & Tumner)” which says that there are two fundamental processes contributing to reading:

  1. decoding
  2. language processing

“Decoding” refers to figuring out words from print, but “language processing” refers to the same mental processes you use for oral language. They are both equally important, and language processing is worked on when listening to a book.girl with earphones

Audiobooks are especially useful for children with dyslexia. When reading is not their favorite thing to do, the next best tactic is to subject them to as many words as possible audibly. They may not be able to decode words as well on the page but they will be able to use them in their everyday conversation.

Another reason why audiobooks are good for children with reading disabilities is that usually, they have superior oral comprehension and high vocabulary. Audiobooks will expose them to complex words, storylines, and concepts that they otherwise would sacrifice by only reading books at their reading level.

Audiobooks will allow children to have a positive relationship with storytelling. They will gather all of the same information without all of the frustration. Listening to audiobooks is not cheating.

You can become a subscriber to audiobooks through one of our partners, Learning Ally.

If your child has trouble with reading skills, visit our website to learn more about what we can do to help.

Summer Plans for Supporting Struggling Readers

child reading outside during the summertimeNow that summer has arrived, we know parents are looking for activities and ideas to help promote and maintain reading skills for their children and help avoid the “summer slip.”

And when activities are enjoyed, more information is retained. Here are some suggestions for helping your struggling reader get excited about reading, writing and spelling this summer:

1. Read aloud to your child. If you read my posts with any regularity, my passion for reading aloud will come as no surprise to you. Some of the most powerful and influential time you can spend with your child is reading aloud with them, and the extra time in summer (for example, road trips) is the perfect time to captivate your child with the magic of reading. In a previous blog post, I have recommendations for getting the most out of reading aloud with your child. Read more here.

To find the right books to read aloud, I suggest reading Jim Trelease’s classic, The Read-Aloud Handbook. It exposes the benefits and importance of reading aloud to children, and the last part of the Read-Aloud Handbook is an anthology of books that are powerful for reading aloud.

2. Listen to Audiobooks. Use technology to your advantage! The ability to both hear and read text improves reading skills and comprehension, especially for struggling readers, and the proof is in the results. Research shows that audiobooks result in:

  • 76% Improved Reading Comprehension
  • 67% Increased Motivation
  • 61% Improved Self-confidence
  • 60% Improved Attitude Toward Reading
  • 52% Improved Reading Accuracy

Learning Ally is an incredible source for audiobooks. From textbooks to best-selling novels, Learning Ally offers 75,000 up-to-date audiobook titles. Browse their audiobooks here.

3. Find books that are a good match for your child. Here is a list of book recommendations by the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity.

4. Develop your child’s curiosity about words. Team up with your child to investigate a word a week using the word inquiry method, a scientific approach to word study that cements connections between meaning and spelling patterns. To learn how to see Pete Bower’s Lexercise Live Broadcast here.

5. Lexercise Therapy. Our list of summer suggestions for supporting struggling readers would not be complete without suggesting Lexercise Therapy! With our online treatment program, your child gets affordable help from a specially trained Clinical Educator at a time and place that is convenient for you. To read more about our Professional Therapy, click here.

If your child struggles with reading, writing, or spelling, the most important first step is a professional evaluation. No matter where you live, your child can be tested and treated individually, face-to-face, online, by the clinical educators at Lexercise. Schedule a free, 15-minute phone call here or contact us at or 1-919-747-4557.