Reading Assistant improves comprehension and oral fluency. Students use a headset to record their own reading. The software provides immediate 1:1 coaching. Learners who are just beginning to decode are not ready for Reading Assistant. It is designed for those who can read at a grade 2 level or higher.
Did you know that people who are struggling with reading comprehension need help with attention, listening and language comprehension? Reading aloud is one of the best ways to work on these key skills, all at the same time. If the person is making mistakes, they need feedback. This is exactly what Reading Assistant provides.
The reading selections go up to the grade 12 level. Readers of diverse ages and ability levels can use this software. It can help adults learn English. The software provides exactly the right level of feedback.
Learners who are gifted are also a good fit. The adaptive content is deep and wide. The software can determine their level and offer them advanced reading passages. The stories are linked to an extensive glossary with video clips.
Reading Assistant is the only online reading tool that uses advanced speech recognition technology to support and correct students as they read aloud – never missing a teachable moment. No other e-book or program provides students with comparable support. With the help of Reading Assistant, students can build comprehension and oral fluency.
You don’t have to drive to a learning centre or clinic.
You don’t have to sign out books, bring them home, search for them and remember to return them on time.
You will know exactly how many books your child has completed, the titles and the authors.
You will even know how much time your child has spent reading.
You will be able to tell if your child was making errors while reading.
You won’t have to correct your child’s errors because the Reading Assistant software will do that for you.
You won’t have to deal with tears and frustration because the books will be at the right level.
You will get weekly progress reports by email.
Reading Assistant is stress-free way for families to add a home reading program to a busy schedule. Children can use it without any help from a parent.
Reading Assistant works! The improvements are lifelong.
The support that Reading Assistant offers is based on the same principles as the “guided reading” approach.
In today’s classrooms, it’s difficult for teachers to give learners all the one-on-one reading support they need. One of the consequences is that teaching assistants, parents and volunteers are recruited to help. Will they provide the right kind of help, with the right intensity? Will they know what to do when students are struggling?
Reading Assistant software can help, acting as a personal, interactive reading tutor to give learners the practice and support they need to improve their skills.
Because Reading Assistant is online, it can be used across multiple settings, integrating the efforts of the school and the family. This online program delivers expert help without the need for a a trained teacher, tutor or therapist. It is an award-winning program.
It boosts oral language skills unlike any other program we have come across. We have had good results using this program with people who stutter because the program provides feedback on the person’s Words Correct Per Minute. It helps people slow down and practice the techniques they are learning in speech therapy.
Anna Krueger, Certified Speech Language Pathologist
All the stories are read to the student by a professional voice actor. The student can see the words and pictures on the screen and follow along as the text is highlighted. The actor uses expression to make the stories interesting.
After listening to the story, the student gets a chance to click on some light bulb icons in the story. These are questions that help the student think about the story.
The glossary in Reading Assistant can be toggled on or off. When it is on, the student can see underlined words in the text. These are links to the glossary. When the student clicks on a link, the software says the word slowly and provides a definition. Sometimes a picture or video accompanies the definition.
The first time recording a story is always the hardest. When the student can’t decode a difficult word, the software will detect the long silence and will say the word to the student. The student can record the same story more than once.
When a student makes a reading error, the software will color code that word on the screen. It will also remind the student to go back and try to read the word correctly. At first, this can be aggravating! It may be the first time in their lives that they are getting such clear feedback on their reading errors. The good news is that they get over their initial reaction and become confident readers.
The Reading Assistant software is sensitive enough to detect speech problems and accents. This makes it a very useful tool for people who want to master the English language. It helps students read more slowly, more clearly and with more expression. These skills readily transfer to their spoken language.
After completing the recording, the student is required to answer a few comprehension questions.
One of the reasons Reading Assistant is so effective is the immediate feedback. There is also a scoring system and a feedback report. The student can go back and do the story again.
Initially, many students are surprised that the software is pointing out their mistakes and asking them to read words correctly. They actually hear the software telling them the correct pronunciation for difficult words.
After learners have done a recording of a reading passage, the software shows them a colour coded version of the passage. Words and phrases that need work are highlighted in colour. In just a short time, students develop internal motivation and make rapid improvements. The data gives them concrete proof of their success!
Teens and adult like being able to work on their skills on their skills independently.
Reading Assistant is not for sale in stores or on the Internet. Neuroplan Treatment Services is one of Canada’s top clinical providers for this software program.See our Program Pricing