“My son’s school did a reading assessment on him recently, and he scored on a 6th grade level in both Fluency and Comprehension – one grade level above. Not bad for a kid previously diagnosed with Dyslexia.” – D.M., Frisco, TX
It is well known that reading is vital for children to develop intellectual and emotional intelligence. Making reading enjoyable and exciting for your child can benefit their academic journey, mental capacity, social abilities, and sense of confidence. Not to mention, reading provides a long-lasting source of entertainment!
A significant number of parents have told us that, after training with NeurOptimal®, their child’s reading level and comprehension have soared. We also have had reports from adults that their reading fluency, comprehension, and retention improved after using NeurOptimal® for themselves. These benefits can positively impact productivity and success in your work or personal endeavors.
Read on to discover why reading is important for your child’s learning and social development and how neurofeedback can help augment reading skills.
Improves Concentration and Recall
Focusing on a story requires maintaining attention to characters, plot, visualization, and comprehension. This is a strong and important exercise for your child’s brain. All of these factors lead the reader to have a deeper understanding of the world around them. Strengthening this ability helps to develop focus in other areas too, such as following instructions or maintaining attention in the classroom.
Reading for Entertainment
Becoming absorbed in a story enhances imagination, visualization, and creativity. As the story unfolds, we imagine how the characters and setting may look, sound, or smell. This engages our major sensory muscles and sparks inner creativity. By doing so, children can transport themselves into a whole other exciting world or time in history. Kids are always looking for fun in any activity, and reading can provide this on a deep sensory level.
Reading a book relies on our information processing skills to fill plot gaps and anticipate what may happen next. We use our ability to problem solve possible plot twists and empathize with the main characters as we grow to understand them. In this sense, a child is able to learn about other people, environments, histories, countries, and events. Through consistent neurofeedback training and reading practice, your child’s cognitive function and knowledge are set to strengthen.
NeurOptimal® training should be thought of as exercise for the brain, building mental resilience and strength. The same can be said for consistent reading, as it exercises comprehension, vocabulary, and analytical skills. Encouraging consistent reading alongside neurofeedback training can boost your child’s ability to maintain concentration, critical thinking, and spark creativity.
Reading allows for a more extensive vocabulary by being exposed to new phrases or words in the text. This will improve their quality of writing required in academic ventures. Moreover, regular reading improves children’s attention spans by focusing on the story in front of them. This will teach them how to focus for an extended period of time, lending to other skills such as test-taking and studying.
By improving comprehension and overall understanding, reading boosts cognitive development. This means that the way your child perceives the world around them will be enhanced, with greater intelligence, problem-solving, and information processing.
Develops Emotional Intelligence
Reading is a superb way to get in touch with our emotions and learn important morals and lessons. By bonding with the characters, children are better able to empathize and understand those around them. This complex form of emotional intelligence is vital to foster so that your child can have a fulfilling social experience. Growing up in an increasingly diverse world, their ability to relate to those different from themselves is an invaluable skill.
Many children’s books have a strong moral lesson in their core messaging. Kids can apply this to their real-world experiences to gain a greater understanding of social dynamics and finding ethical solutions to problems.
Bonds Parent and Child
The activity of reading can help bond parents with their children in many ways. Reading to your child or having your child read to you can help develop a stronger relationship and ability to communicate. Discussing book themes in your child’s favorite novels or taking them on an enjoyable trip to the library or bookstore also enhances your bonding time together.
The shared event of reading becomes an event that the parent and child can look forward to. It serves as a bonding activity where the child can feel heard, attended to, and nurtured by their parents. Reading is a great opportunity to spend quality time together and create fond memories.
Provides Stress Relief
As their reading abilities improve, children’s confidence grows and stress levels decrease. By feeling more confident in their capabilities, students are more likely to participate in the classroom and achieve higher results.
Reading is also a wonderful tool for stress relief by escaping unwelcome distractions. As the child is absorbed in a story, they are able to move away from intrusive thoughts or unwanted mental stressors. We encourage parents to read to their children in a relaxing, calming location to instill this sense of tranquillity when reading. This nurtures an association of reading with relaxation and mindfulness.
How NeurOptimal® Benefits Children’s Reading Skills
We have seen many cases of significant improvements in reading ability – both fluency and comprehension, for clients diagnosed with dyslexia (and also for those without formal diagnoses). We don’t know exactly why neurofeedback seems to help with reading difficulties, but we do know that children with any type of learning difference often experience anxiety and stress at school when they feel like they are different. NeurOptimal® training can help kids to feel calmer in otherwise stressful and challenging environments; this can make them more willing to push through difficulties and take chances in areas that they have previously associated with failure and feelings of inadequacy.
When a child finds themselves unable to keep up with their peers in a specific area, they may develop negative feelings about themselves associated with the activity. This can create a mental barrier that makes them avoid the subject and thus further exacerbate any efforts to overcome the hurdle.
NeurOptimal® can help all students perform at their best, often removing significant barriers to success. Call to discuss how we can help you or your child to succeed.
”I actually read 4 chapters the other day. Not only did I only read it only once but I retained it and understood it. That has NEVER happened!!! I just sat there and cried.” – N.S., OK