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Solve Word Mis-Reading - Instructions

Bill Allen
Bill Allen
Apr 19, 2022
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Perhaps one of the most frustrating activities for a dyslexic child is reading. This is because of the way dyslexic children process words, and their lack of understanding of how to use punctuation marks to gather meaning from what is read. When dyslexics learn to put their Mind’s Eye on their "The Spot” (a Bindu), they have a tool that provides them with a way to stabilize their many perceptions. “Going to The Spot” resolves confusion by ending the creatively altered perceptions of the unrecognizable word. Once a child can regularly go to The Spot and consistently see a word so they can recognize it, the child is ready to learn to solve Word Mis-Reading and to master the rhythm of pausing at punctuation marks. At this point, they are ready to begin to master abstract words and symbols using Magical I Am – Sky Village.

 First, children must master all 3 steps to reading with comprehension:  

Step 1: Go to The Spot Step 2: Solve Word Mis-Reading Step 3: Pause at the Punctuation Mark

The 3 Reading and Comprehension steps:

Step (1): Go to The Spot to stabilize your visual perception so you can master recognition and understanding of abstract words and symbols.

Step (2):  Solve Word Mis-Readingto develop the ability of focusing on one word and then one letter at a time so you can recognize and read them correctly. 

Step (3): Pause at Punctuation Marksin order to comprehend the author’s message.  

NOTE:  Read the article Punctuation Master 1,2,3 on our website for a full explanation about the use of the rhythm and reading and using punctuation marks.

Solve Word Mis-Reading exercise is Step 2 Toward Reading Comprehension. 

It considers the visual and auditory predisposition of dyslexics and provides the discipline necessary for mastering recognition and reading. It is remarkable how simple this reading process is, and how well it works; and how often a new reader rushes through reading sentences and makes mistakes by not taking the time to see every word as it is written.

The purpose of this exercise is to enable the individual to recognize groups of written letters as a word, and to skillfully use punctuation marks. The student is trained to look from left to right at each letter or punctuation mark, and to look at one character at a time, rather than seeing a string of letters as a unit (a word). Each time the child does not recognize a word, they must resist the habitof sounding it out phonetically orguessing. 

Instead, we ask the child to: 

1] Spell the letters of the word out loud.   2] Listen to how the helper (parent/teacher/tutor) pronounces it. 3] Re-view the word (look at it again) and say it out loud. 

Even when the reader discovers that they know the word while they are spelling it, they must complete the spelling of the word before reading the word out loud. This allows the individual to develop greater conscious control of their reading. The exercise ends the tendency of the habit of run-on-reading derailing any chance of comprehension.

The Process of Solving Word Mis-Reading

The technique teaches the dyslexic to read in sequentially each letter of a word, and its punctuation mark if it exists. The child learns to slow down so they can “perceive” correctly all the letters of each word on the page while they read.

Focus on a letter at a time.

Put a white piece of paper over the sentence you want to read.

  • Move the paper from left to right to reveal one letter at a time; correctly spell each letter

    of the word from left to right; or name the punctuation mark

    revealed - stop when you reach a space after the word or after a punctuation mark. If a punctuation mark directly follows your word, name the mark.Name the space after your word or the punctuation mark.

  • Re-View your word, punctuation mark - look at it again.

  • Pronounce correctly, out loud, the word and the punctuation mark (unless the punctuation mark is within the word, e.g., drive-in.)

Repeat this process - read the letters of the next word (and punctuation mark if there is one after the word) - stop at the next space.

When you reach the final punctuation mark, stop, and tell out loud all the words you just read.

NOTE: Only read up to 2 lines of text in each session.  

This is a laborious exercise for anyone; don’t expect your dyslexic student to want to do this.  However, the exercise is necessary to train the eyes to read from left to right

Completion of Step 2 -Solve Word Mis-Reading - leads to the development of the skill to read with comprehension for two reasons:

[1]   Completion of this process helps the dyslexic child overcome the automatic response of looking at a string of words as a whole unit (word mis- reading).

Solve Word Mis-Reading - Instructions

Since it’s a dyslexic’s tendency to view words holistically they may misread or guess at a word’s meaning, instead of accurately viewing the word. They can make incorrect letter or word substitutions, e.g., reading “simply” as “simple,” “example” as “explain,” or “syllable” as “symbol”.  This obviously changes the context of what they are reading.

The exercise requires the reader to scan each letter of the word sequentially from left to right

When the reader says each letter and punctuation mark, they pay attention to what their eyes are tracking - i.e., every written character (letter and punctuation mark) - and they correctly identify each one. Comprehension improves because they no longer guess the meaning of a word.

[2]   This process developsthe discipline required to strengthen neural pathways that support the tendency to read in this successful manner each time. Progress is obvious when the child begins to fluidly call out the written characters and recognize words.  

Correct recognition of groups of letters as a word and recognition of punctuation marks must be achieved before comprehension of what is read can occur. 

First in Step 2, we look for recognition of punctuation marks and of the written 2-D letters that make up whole words; later, we work on developing comprehension while reading by using the rhythm of punctuation marks. (See: Instructions for Reading Step 3 in Punctuation Mastery 1,2,3.)

In the future, while your child is reading ... 

Whenever your child requires more than a count of 3 to view and read a word out loud,they must STOP.  

At this point the reader must stop guessing and trying to read the word. They must immediately start the process of “Solve Word Mis-Reading” of the word they cannot easily read.  They spell out the word that has them stumped; listen to its correct pronunciation (which is provided by the helper); and the reader re-views the word and pronounces it correctly. Then they continue to read.

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