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New Study: Speech Language Pathology can help struggling readers

New study published suggests that speech language pathology can help underachieving readers.

University of the Pacific experts show the benefit of speech language pathology in helping students who are struggling to read.

Recently, Eurekalert published an article explaining the University’s findings.

In it, they explain, that over the course of three decades of research, Pacific professor Jeannene Ward-Lonergan and Jill Duthie unlocked the key strategies that have proved most effective in helping fourth grade readers more clearly comprehend, “expository discourse.”  The University’s finding appeared in the journal Topics in Language Disorders. According to Eureaklert, the right strategy can make a big difference. They state that a mnemonic RAP can increase comprehension by as much as 36% among struggling students.

They also state these as effective strategies put forth by Ward-Lonergan and Duthie: graphically organizing information into visual maps, using a pencil or sticky note to mark confusing, important or surprising portions of a text with specific symbols (?, or !, for example), underlining or circling key words and phrases that the reader doesn't understand and/or that occur repeatedly in a text, writing a very brief summary of each paragraph or section in the margin of the text or on a sticky note.

Read more about their interesting breakthrough here.

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