Computerized training techniques are the only direct and effective means for developing and improving these subliminal processes.
VISAGRAPH™ EYE-MOVEMENT TECHNOLOGY
QUICKLY EVALUATES SILENT READING ABILITY
State of the art technology in funky little computerized goggles! At BrainLinking, the Visagraph™ Eye-Movement Recording System is an invaluable tool. The assessment takes ten to fifteen minutes during which a student reads a selection at her independent reading level while wearing sensor-containing goggles. Data collected from the Visagraph™ provides unique insight into a student’s silent reading eye behavior.
- Grade Level Efficiency
- Directional Attack
- Number of reverse eye movements while reading
- Cross-correlation (eyes working together)
- Tracking across lines of print
- Return sweeps from the right edge of the print to the beginning of the next line on the left
The Visagraph generates a pictorial graphing of what a reader’s eyes do as she reads silently. The unique reports show the movements of each eye graphed side-by-side. A very revealing picture indeed! We test each student with the Visagraph™ in her initial Reading Plus® evaluation as well as upon completion of her four month program.
The Visagraph™ assessment results are compared with National Norms established through research by Stanford Taylor in cooperation with 37 universities evaluating 12,000 school-age students. The latest National Reading Panel Report documents the relationship between the eye-movement recording and silent reading fluency: “Research on the eye in the past two decades has provided a perspective from which to observe the fluent reading process.”
“Your child will improve reading comprehension, vocabulary and fluency 1-5 grade levels in four months, guaranteed*.”
*Guarantee is made for students who have basic phonics, basic sight-word vocabulary, and who follow the BrainLinking protocol for weekly reading practice during a four month program.
Questions and Answers about Reading Plus®
What is Silent Reading Fluency?
Silent reading fluency refers to one’s fluency when reading independently in one’s head.
Fluency is defined as reading at an adequate rate with good comprehension at grade level.
Fluency is one of five key areas of instruction identified by the National Reading Panel (NRP), which must be developed to achieve reading proficiency. Fluency requires development of a group of skills, including rate (words per minute), phonics and vocabulary base, thinking about text content, understanding the author’s purpose, and other comprehension skills. The experience of fluent reading is the ability to “take in” or to process text with ease and confidence.
Why is Silent Reading Fluency so important?
In the first years of learning to read, when children read a text and then answer questions about what they’ve just read, there are two fluency considerations: comprehending the narrative and understanding the questions. At BrainLinking we work with these issues frequently.
Later, during standardized testing, students read questions, mark answers or write essay responses to demonstrate their grasp of specific material. In that stage, with good silent reading fluency skills, scores can accurately reflect mastery of the knowledge base being tested. Unfortunately, the student with inadequate silent reading skills may do poorly on an exam for which he had studied and seemingly mastered the information at home. A poor score in testing doesn’t discern whether the student knew the material or couldn’t understand the test questions silently and proficiently.
Please clarify how Silent Reading Fluency impacts standardized testing.
All standardized testing is silent, thereby eliminating any outside cues that students have depended upon. Verbalizing, whispering, or additional prompting questions such as parents use in reviewing material, are absent. In testing situations a student must rely solely on his own fluency, internalized practiced comprehension and silent reading skills.
Who benefits from Reading Plus?
Reading Plus® is a unique, computerized reading program for all students who want to develop higher levels of reading competency. It includes:
- Activities for levels one through twelve as well as for college-age individuals and other interested adults
- Appropriate content for primary grade students and more mature content for older students
College-bound or Present College Student
When the goal is to improve grades, to begin college classes early, to be successful in an AP class, to achieve college acceptance test scores (ACT, SAT, GED), or to enjoy the ease of learning, excellent reading comprehension and a well-developed vocabulary are vital.
Reading Plus promotes and strengthens the needed proficiency and critical reading skills.
As part of the BrainLinking Package, this online student-centered program makes rich, individualized learning possible for those who are engaged and committed to their own growth as readers and learners. This unique system works to guide and to support young academics in becoming outstanding readers and in making choices that fuel their growth.
What growth can we expect from Reading Plus?
AVERAGE INCREASE of 2.8 grade levels in reading comprehension and rate
Our promise to a student who comes to us with phonemic and phonetic abilities and who follows the protocol outlined by BrainLinking, is that during the four month course, the student will experience:
- A minimum improvement of 1 – 4 grade levels in reading with an average comprehension of 80-100%.
- 20-160 word per minute (wpm) gain with an average reading comprehension of 80-100%.
How do the BrainLinking and Reading Plus programs differ from what my child gets in school?
Reading Plus and BrainLinking provide “Targeted Instruction” in three critical elements defined by the National Reading Panel
- Vocabulary acquisition
- Reading comprehension enhancement
- Fluency in silent reading*
Often the root of a student’s struggles is difficult to evaluate in a typical classroom setting, because they are subliminal, physiological skills which develop outside our awareness and, therefore, cannot be taught in classroom lessons. Visagraph eye-movement technology accurately assesses not only the specific issues that are contributing to reading struggles, the exam gives a full picture of a student’s current reading efficiency level.
The Reading Plus inSight assessment report provides current vocabulary grade level and silent reading proficiency level. The student immediately receives precise, individual placement, with personalized scaffolded advancement as skills develop. Comprehension skills and vocabulary develop together using the technology of a guided window and the Reading Plus iBalance component for eye-movement strengthening. Proficiency, enjoyment, and motivation are the measurable results – typically 1-5 grade levels in reading in just four months.
Visual perceptual skills are also developed through engaging physical activities in tandem with a balance board. At every BrainLinking lesson, students and parents practice fun exercises designed to strengthen additional components of visual fluency, such as accommodation, the visual adjustment needed for copying notes from the front of the classroom to the student’s paper on her desk.
It is surprising how many school-aged children are failing to make the transition between “Learning to Read” and “Reading to Learn.” When we ask teachers how independent or silent reading is being taught in their classrooms, they often mention a familiar silent reading approach such as DEAR – “Drop Everything and Read.” We know from research studies that this method works fine for good readers – they do improve. But the same research confirms that struggling readers do not improve just by reading silently. They, in fact, often get worse because through poor reading practices they may be habituating bad skills! Practicing something incorrectly many times does not magically turn it into something correct!
Often the struggle manifests itself as slow reading or poor comprehension when eye movement is the culprit. Developing silent reading skills for these students will need training, practice, guidance and feedback such as BrainLinking provides.
* Silent Reading Fluency Building is what makes Reading Plus® unique and successful !!
Does BrainLinking do more than silent reading fluency?
The longer answer is, we use the Reading Plus® components for silent reading fluency for their value in developing optimum silent reading efficiency. However, BrainLinking does not start nor end there. Our training promotes brain processing efficiency and strong neural linking which contribute to improved focusing, memory, thoughtful reasoning, decision-making, and cognitive processing. All four month programs come with a BrainLinking Balance Board® and associated activity kit.
Since it’s online, can I do it at home?
Yes. BrainLinking offers a four month series (goal of 50 or more lessons) in our lab and via your high speed home internet. Students typically have 3-4 lessons per week at home in 35 to 45 minute sessions. Regular active participation by an adult or other responsible individual assures the best achievement and growth. Progress is monitored and managed by a BrainLinking trainer to optimize every student’s efforts throughout the series.
What comprehension skills are addressed in Reading Plus?
The Reading Plus and BrainLinking programs work to develop nine specific and vital reading skills for students. Good reading comprehension depends on remembering what one reads and thinking about what is read.
1. Close Reading
A. Recalling Explicit Details
a. Identifying Explicit Details
b. Identifying Speaker and Character Details
c. Identifying Setting Details
B. Analyzing Implicit Details
a. Making Inferences
b. Drawing Conclusions
2. Main Idea and Themes
A. Determining Main Idea and Themes
B. Determining Relative Importance
3. Interaction of Ideas
A. Predicting Outcomes
B. Analyzing Setting/Plot/Character
C. Analyzing Cause/Effect
4. Use of Language
A. Interpreting Word Meaning
a. Interpreting Word Meaning: Definitions
b. Interpreting Word Meaning: Figurative Language
B. Interpreting Analogies
A. Examining Text Structure
B. Examining Sequence
6. Point of View
A. Recognizing Author’s Purpose
B. Recognizing Persuasion
a. Recognizing Persuasive Devices
b. Recognizing Slant and Bias
c. Recognizing Fact and Opinion
C. Recognizing Mood/Tone
7. Imaging Scaffolds
A. Interpreting Images and Maps
8. Reasoning and Rhetoric
A. Judging Validity
9. Comparative Reading
Reading Plus® is based on over 75 years of research that supports its various instructional programs as well as studies that demonstrate its effectiveness.
More than half a million students have benefited from Reading Plus® !
“Pat’s BrainLinking is a parent’s survival kit to raising a strong-willed, independent child! She not only taught me how my son learns but how I learn, so together we became a homework team rather than having an adversarial relationship! This was not tutoring or just reading help. It was a life-changing experience for our entire family!”
“Our daughter is excelling in 6th grade! Not only have her Math and Reading scores improved tremendously, but her homework takes her far less than it has in the past! We used to spend hours each night trying to get her through her assignments and now she is mostly self-sufficient. What a wonderful success story all around!”