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Improving reading with visual processing training

Mateja Cvet (2013) Improving reading with visual processing training. Diploma thesis.

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    Abstract

    An apropriatly developed visual perception is an important element of success in reading. Visual dyslexia in children is connected with significant deficits in visual processing skills, and therefore has a strong impact on the reading ability as well as on the process of learning to read. Several studies have shown that regular training of visual skills can improve one’s reading ability and visual processing performance (Vidyasagar in Pammer, 2009) The purpose of this research project was to develop a systematic ten-week training of visual processing skills and examine the effect of the training on certain aspects of visual processing and reading. The training was carried out with one third-grade and one fourth-grade regular elementary school pupil. Both of them had significant problems in the field of reading ability. Both of them were recognized by their teachers as children with reading disabilities. Before the training, fourteen children were tested with reading test and visual processing test. Two children, chosen to participate in the training, achieved the lowest result on the visual processing test. After the training they were tested again to confirm the effectiveness of the training. The results of the ten-week training have shown improvement of certain visual processing skills and a significant improvement of reading ability. The biggest improvement of visual processing can be observed in the area of visual ability to distinguish the form from the background, visual analysis and synthesis as well as visual discrimination. A significant progress was observed in the area of visual attention. Reading is more fluent, the letters are better and easier recognized and mistakes, typical for reading disabilities are less common. I established that with a carefully planned and regularly performed training of visual skills we can improve some aspects of visual processing skills and reading ability. The results of my study also indicate the importance of systematic training of visual processing even before or with the process of learning to read.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: specific learning disabilities, dyslexia, visual dyslexia, visual processing, reading, training of visual processing
    Number of Pages: 89
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Marija KavklerMentor
    asist. dr. Milena Košak BabuderComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9686345)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1592
    Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2013 11:13
    Last Modified: 09 Jul 2013 11:13
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1592

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