It is a simple technique which is widely used to help slow or struggling readers.Many dyslexic associations recommend this as a technique for parents to try with their dyslexic child in order to improve their reading skills.
Who is it for ?
2nd grade students and above, who are slow readers .Volunteers could be the child’s mother or father, a university student – in fact even an older pupil could help.The student would need to be two years older or in 2 classes above the child.
Why do we use Paired Reading ?
to increase fluency and accuracy.
Research has shown an marked improvement in reading age.After 6 weeks, if done regularly fluency increases by 3 times and comprehension by 5 times.
Increases childrens confidence and self-esteem.
There are social benefits as well to both students and volunteers. There is sometimes less bullying of the younger children as a result of carrying out paired reading.
How to do Paired Reading ?
Together with the child you read outloud.
Decide on a quiet signal to be used by the child when he or she feels she is ready to read alone – like a tap on the hand.
If the child makes a mistake give the child 5 seconds to self-correct , if they don’t
Point to the word.
Say the word and get the child to repeat the word.
Then you will join back in reading together again- until again the child feels confident to read again by him or herself.
Give plenty of praise – for example if the child self- corrects – uses words like bravo, well done etc
When and how often should paired reading be done ?·
It can be done at home or school 3 times in a week for about 20 minutes.It must be carried out for at least 8-10 weeks .
Which type of books should be read ?
Books or magazines can be used as long as they are at the childs reading level.The child should be allowed to choose their own book or magazine to read as long as it isnt too hard for them.Preferably choose a book with a large font – small print will be more diffcult to read. With the child read the first page of the book together, if he or she makes more than 5 mistakes then this book is too hard for them , so ask the child to select another book