[Pibe-division] Get The Fastest Braille Reading Speed
Dr. Denise M. Robinson
dmehlenbacher at yahoo.com
Tue Oct 4 16:07:29 CDT 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
Specialist in blind programming/teaching/training
509-674-1853 deniserob at gmail.com
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