Wikipedia’s definition of Reading Comprehension is the ability to process text, understand its meaning, and to integrate with what the reader already knows. It sounds simple enough, and yet many people — young and old — have trouble. Some children and even adults say they don’t like to read, or it’s boring. The truth is that they may have low activity in some areas of the brain that can plague them for life. People have tried to remedy their comprehension problems with tutoring, self-discipline, or other methods, yet still, have difficulty. It can affect their ability to do well in school or on the job and influence their chances for advancement. It can negatively impact focus, memory, behavior, self-esteem, goal setting, and academics.
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Reading is a Very Complicated
Reading is a very complicated process and uses many areas of the brain at once. The brain has to translate squiggly lines into a letter, combine letters to make a word, add meaning to the word, comprehend a sentence, store it in the memory and then be able to think about it and apply it to school, work or life. If there are areas with low brain activity anywhere in this string of events, there will be reading issues. If the problem is in the beginning steps, a person will have trouble seeing, learning, or pronouncing words. If the problem is storing what you’ve read in memory, the person can read fluently but not comprehend. Some people can read and remember but have problems getting the information on paper or speaking their thoughts. Unfortunately, some people have issues with all these areas.
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Help for Children in School
Some parents have their child with a learning disability diagnosed to get specialized help in school but never continue with additional services to eradicate the symptoms. There are many types of accommodation in school to help the child learn, but parents tell me it’s not enough. They may also have more time to take a test, less work, or personalized help. These types of assistance can help their grades and make them feel better… but what about their future.
Two years ago, I was working with Tom. He was a 10-year-old, in 5th grade with an independent reading level of 2nd-grade. He had been getting accommodation in school for reading. In 4th-grade Tom received private reading lessons at home. Tom had a good attitude and proudly told me he was making all A’s and B’s in school. Tom’s parents realized the accommodation in school was good for his self-esteem but knew the school and the private lessons were not enough. They brought Tom in for Brain Integration and continued with his private reading lessons. When he started 6th grade, he was reading at a high 5th-grade level, and he reached grade level two months later. Tom’s parents were smart because they didn’t look at the A’s and B’s in school as a sign of success. They knew Tom’s workload and level of studies were adjusted to accommodate his learning difficulties. Getting Tom reading levels back to grade-level will change Tom’s future and the level and types of classes he will take for the remaining of his schooling. Reading at grade level dramatically increases the chances of graduating college and expands the list of college choices and careers.
Reading Problems Affect Every Area of Your Life
In-school reading problems affect all your tests because if you don’t completely understand the question, you’ll get it wrong. If the question is, “what time is Sunday dinner?” And they answer “chicken,” which is what we’re having for Sunday dinner, they would be wrong. The question asks what time. Little mistakes like these are often made when someone doesn’t comprehend what the question is asking. A person can be making A’s in math until they start getting word problems and then grades drop. This is not because of their ability to do math, but their ability to understand the question.
Many people have to re-read everything many times to comprehend it. That more than doubles the time it takes them to read. In school that could be an extra hour or more a week, or in college add 3 to 15+ hours a week. How much do you need to read for work? Sometimes people say I don’t read at all. But the average office worker spends 11.5 hours a week just reading work emails, or 23 hours if you read them twice. Don’t forget about memos, work orders, instructions, manuals, and other things.
There is an emotional cost too. Many people are embarrassed about their reading abilities. They worry every time they might have to read something around other people or how long it might take them to read quietly.
Improving your reading ability and comprehension can prevent mistakes, save time and boost your self-esteem.
It's Time for a Solution
We use Brain Integration to ignite the “sleepy” parts of the brain. Once ignited, the brain’s ability to read, learn, remember, and focus is “turned on.” This will alleviate the symptoms of ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, and other reading problems. Brain Integration works best when combined with tutoring to help you catch up. After all, it’s essential to learn anything you missed. But the new learning pathways we open up can help you learn things quickly.
Life Will Not Get Better Without Taking Action
The average time to complete Brain Integration is 12 to 16 hours. For people that live out of town and most of the local clients, we can schedule two or three consecutive days. If you live close, you can spread it out over several weeks.
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We start with a free assessment by phone or in person. During this assessment, we can talk about your unique challenges, and we can determine how many hours are needed to complete the desired result. You’ll leave with a deeper understanding of our work and what is possible for your future.
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Becoming a better speller helps your reading. The more you read, the better speller you become, which makes you a better reader. It’s a wonderful circle of knowledge.
My mother spent hours with me trying to teach me how to spell and read. Imagine a bucket in our brain that stores spelling words, and I had a hole in mine. As I learn spelling words, I put them in my bucket with a hole in it. We would work with the same spelling words over and over again. Other people would put spelling words in their bucket, and they would know them at the end of the week. I would try ten times harder than other students. At the end of the week, I would know very little, and on Monday, they were all gone. Parents and teachers with students like this have many different strategies. One of them is to say, “if you get an “A” on your spelling test, I’ll give you $10.” Cool, I want $10. So I would try harder and harder, and at the end of the week I still had an empty bucket, because the motivation didn’t repair the hole in my bucket. Other strategies are to give punishment, tell them to try harder and if that doesn’t work say try harder louder!!! These strategies don’t fix the hole in the bucket.
I hear from some parents their child is lazy because they don’t try to learn. How many times would you throw a word into a bucket – with a hole in it – and expect it to fill up? If you quit doing something that is not working, would you be SMART or lazy?
I had severe spelling issues. Someone with a smaller hole in their bucket might be able to retain a few more words than I could, and then there are people with even fewer holes in the bucket that maybe bribery or punishment might work. I needed someone to repairs the hole in my bucket.
I found an answer after a lifelong quest. One day someone told me about Susan McCrossen in Boulder, Colorado, the founder of Crossinology Brain Integration Technique. I was extremely excited and signed up immediately. I went to Boulder and worked with Susan for two days. Since then, I have learned to spell and retain what I’ve learned. But my most significant accomplishment is my ability to remember what I’ve read. Being able to read something once and remember it changed my life. I read books often and enjoy it. The work worked so well with me that I went back and learned Brain Integration so I could help other people.
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Struggling with Any of These Problems?
- Word jump around or disappear on the page
- Letter or number reversal
- Trouble sounding out words
- Slow Reader
- Have to re-read everything
- Low test scores but know the answers
- Trouble pronouncing words
- Poor reading comprehension despite being a fast or fluent reader
- Hates reading or strongly dislikes reading
- Difficulty remembering spelling words longer than one day
- Low self-esteem or self-confidence