Using Visual Imagery for Reading Comprehension
Davis Dyslexia Correction builds reading comprehension skills by giving students the ability to link pictures to words as they read. Clay modeling is used to create a permanent mental picture for the small, abstract, function words of language — words like if, and, & from. For reading text, the student practices daily using Davis “Picture at Punctuation.” With this technique, the reader pauses whenever encountering punctuation such as a comma or period (full stop), and forms a mental picture to represent the meaning of the clause or sentence just read. This process gives the dyslexic reader the ability to harness the imagination and use it to express what the writer intended.
The use of visualization to build comprehension skills is supported by a substantial body of research. By adding an understanding of the impact of punctuation and small abstract words, the Davis approach provides a particularly powerful tool that can be used by readers of all skill levels.
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