Slower or Poor Readers

Despite normal intelligence and satisfactory school and academic achievements, some 15%-20% of children and adults are considered to be slow or poor readers.  This is no surprise since reading is a complicated process, involving a multitude of skills. It only stands to reason that the manifestation of reading difficulties will vary from individual to individual. 

Forms of Impairment

In the case of the reading disability known as Dyslexia, these difficulties take the form of impaired reading fluency and comprehension. It is a known fact that those with general learning disabilities and in particular, those with Dyslexia, experience a wide spectrum of other learning difficulties, as well.

BrightStar Aims

BrightStar is a software application that was created for the purpose of ameliorating reading difficulties. The specific aim of the BrightStar programs is to help people whose issues are connected to deficits in visual sensory motor perception (sensing movement with the eyes) and timing deficits of motor execution (the timing and coordination of movement), even in the case where visual/motor perception issues occur alongside other deficits. Here are some reading difficulty scenarios that BrightStar programs may help to move in a positive direction.

Different Schedule

Consider the individual, who as a child, may have been on a different schedule than others his age. Perhaps he crawled, walked, or talked sooner or later than his peers. There doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with his level of intelligence, but he’s just not doing as well as his classmates. His teachers may get the (wrong) impression that he’s just not trying hard enough.

Visual ADD

In another typical case is the individual with ADD that manifests in the main as a lack of visual attention span. The short visual attention span of such a student is quite obvious. In class, his teachers feel a sense of frustration because the child appears not to be paying attention. His eyes flit around the room scanning his surroundings and he has a constant unconscious need to shift and refresh his visual attention. His levels of stress and anxiety can only be alleviated by finding and lending brief focus to new visual stimuli.

Motor Clumsiness

In some dyslexics there is an accompanying impairment called Dyspraxia. In Dyspraxia, the individual has difficulty with planning (management) and the coordination of movement. In examining the issue of motor clumsiness it becomes clear that such awkwardness is a strong manifestation of poor timing for the execution of physical movement. The person with Dyspraxia is the one who always seems to spill his food while conversing at the dinner table. His table manners seem atrocious and may necessitate a change of clothes for each meal.

Different Combinations

These three scenarios can and do occur in combinations and tend to impair learning in different ways. If, for instance, an individual should have a combination of visual ADD and Dyspraxia, he will find it difficult to tie his shoes, since his eyes must flit around the room, rather than focus on the task at hand. It isn’t easy tying your shoes while your eyes are looking at everything in the room except for your shoes and hands, especially when you throw in a lack of planning and motor coordination issues for good measure.

Fewer Habits

While BrightStar Booster, Reader and Builder can be successful in improving reading difficulties in individuals 7 years-old and up, including adults, youngsters have the best and brightest chance of success with this application. Their brains have formed fewer habits, and can adapt and change with greater ease and speed.