[Pibe-division] Get The Fastest Braille Reading Speed

Dr. Denise M. Robinson dmehlenbacher at yahoo.com
Tue Oct 4 21:07:29 UTC 2011

Get The Fastest Braille Reading Speed 
My fastest Braille readers are 2-handed readers, with butterfly motion.

So picture this: Both hands begin the braille line, and as they pass 
about the 3rd or 4th word on the line, the left hand goes back and down 
to the next line ready to begin reading as the right hand finishes the 
line. Smooth and seamless, floating down the page. 

All fingers are down on the line, so the pinky fingers can tell when 
they are getting close to the end of a line, whether it ends in the 
middle of the page or at the end. If the child reads with the book on 
her lap, all those fingers support the book so it does not fall to the 
floor, giving the student the ability to easily read. This technique is 
especially helpful when they go into the elementary grades and read to 
younger students, impressing them with the beautiful flow and movement 
across those delightful dots. The sighted students come up on their 
knees to watch closer when they sit on the floor surrounding the braille
 reader, OH’s and AWES as they watch this wonderful braille butterfly 
movement. They truly believe it is magic to read those dots.

The students who read 300-400 words per minute, do their homework and 
pleasure read everyday and are always looking for their next novel.
The students who read 200-300 wpm, do their homework and pleasure read several times a week
The students who read 100-200 wpm, do their homework and maybe will pleasure read a couple times a week
The students who read 40-100 wpm, do their homework and rarely pleasure read during the week

To gain in speed, you need to use hard copy braille and the butterfly 
motion: Getting the flow and movement down on the page. On adapted 
laptops, you can use the book-reader and speed up the braille display to
 increase reading speed also. But the most important part of gaining 
speed...is to just READ!! And read a LOT.
Denise M. Robinson, TVI, Ph.D. 
Teacher of the Blind & Visually Impaired
TechVision-Independent Contractor
Specialist in blind programming/teaching/training
509-674-1853     deniserob at gmail.com
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