The Pocket Learner relies on the fact that brain integration activities are critical as these activities help balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain. It uses a combination of brain, vision, visual memory and auditory exercises to build the primary skills and then start working on actual reading skills. This is done using pictures combined with the words the child is trying to learn.
Pictures are primarily right brain and combining pictures with the words integrates both brain hemispheres. In the early stages a child might not grasp the correct pronunciation of the words, the plan is just to vocalise or make an approximation of the word. We want the child to learn that it is possible to use his voice as a tool to initiate and request. Quite often, by enticing the child with something motivating (reward) one can extract some speech or signing.
It is important to note that children with Autism, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder or Auditory Processing Disorders might have difficulties with listening, remembering, and following verbal instructions so it essential to exercise patience and create the right atmosphere before attempting practice sessions.
Language is a set of shared rules that allow people to express their ideas in a meaningful way. Language may be expressed verbally or by writing, signing, or making other gestures, such as blinking or mouth movements.
Language development supports your child’s ability to communicate, express and understand feelings. It also supports thinking and problem-solving; developing and maintaining relationships. Learning to interpret, use and enjoy language is the critical first step in literacy, and the basis for learning to read and write.
Listening, attention and observation skills are the building blocks of speech and language development. It is vital that these skills are properly nurtured at every opportunity and its development must be facilitated by having a shared focus through continuous interaction and practising in an environment free from distraction.
Observation requires the child to focus on a particular task and having a shared focus means examining things together and expressing what you see, in a clear and concise manner.