Audio-Assisted Reading Access For Students With Print Disabilities

Audio-assisted reading allows students with print disabilities to focus on comprehension.

In this article Carol Evans provides an overview of Audio-Assisted Reading in which a student who has difficulty reading print listens to an audio book, while following along in regular print,  large print, video-maginfied print, or braille.  This technique often helps to increase comprehension for those who struggle to decode.  It also helps to reinforce the relationship between symbols and sounds, whether in print or braille.  Evans notes that this “method allows the reader to use all multiple sensory inputs simultaneously to acquire and process information. It has some distinct advantages over using either print, Braille, or recorded books alone.”  She outlines some of these advantages in the article.