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How many words per minute should my child read?

I have seen numerous publications on this topic, but here is the chart that we use as a guideline. Click here for the Hasbrouck-Tindal_chart

According to a speed-reading test sponsored by Staples as part of an e-book promotion, here are the typical speeds at which humans read, and in theory comprehend, at various stages of educational development:

  • Third-grade students = 150 words per minute (wpm)
  • Eight grade students = 250
  • Average college student = 450
  • Average “high level exec” = 575
  • Average college professor = 675
  • Speed readers = 1,500
  • World speed reading champion = 4,700
  • Average adult: 300 wpm

These averages are higher than the Hasbrouck-Tindal chart that we use.

To test their words per minute read, find a passage in a book at their grade level that does not contain too many pictures. It’s best if the passage contains more than enough words for them to read in one minute. I have grade level passages typed out that I use. The student gets a copy and I get a copy. I keep track of the words missed on my copy. I time them for one minute and total up the number of words read minus the number of mistakes made. The gives you their overall correct words read per minute. Although I typically don’t ask comprehension questions, I do ask them to tell me about the story they had just read. If their reading is choppy or one-word-at-a-time, they won’t be able to remember much. I goal is to improve their fluency, which in turn improves their comprehension. After using our system for about two weeks, we test their words per minute read again. Typically we see them double their words-per-minute read or close to it, with very few errors. Once they can see the words clear they improve rather quickly.

How do I know if my child will benefit from the Reading Vision System?

You probably have a pretty good idea if they are struggling with reading. They do not have to be diagnosed as Dyslexic. When you listen to them read you will hear choppy, one-word-at-a-time reading. They typically won’t sound out words, instead they will stop and it will appear that they can’t find the word in their mind or can’t make themselves speak the word. They hate to read and their grades are poor. Their teacher may recommend they be held back or placed into Special Education for additional help. Here is a simple test. Have them look at the words in their book while holding it at the table-top level. Then have them gradually move the book up so that it is straight out from their eyes and ask them if the words are more clear. Then have them move the book even higher, so that they have to look up to see the book and ask them if that is more clear We call this the reading arc test. If the words are more clear while holding the book up either straight ahead or above their head, they will benefit from our system. You can watch it demonstrated here: Reading Arc Test

Can I purchase the sessions individually, or do I have to pay for all three up front?

Yes, you can purchase the sessions individually for $200 per session, and you can purchase as many sessions as needed. There is a price savings of $50 for purchasing all three sessions at one time.

I’ve purchased the Reading Vision system. What can I expect for services from Reading Vision LLC?

Reading Vision will provide three, one-hour sessions with you and your child, either in person
at our office located at 401 Railroad Street, Suite 206 in Elko, NV, or via the computer through Skype
or FaceTime.  We will also answer your questions via phone or email.

What service is provided during each session?

During the first session we will evaluate your child to determine his reading difficulties and to provide us with information that will be helpful to the correction of his reading problems. We will introduce the eye strengthening exercise known as Penny Power™ and provide support for the success of this exercise.

During the second session we will teach your child the reading method. This session will only be held once the child can successfully accomplish the reading exercise. Typically, this second session will occur five to seven days after session one.

During the third session, about one week after session two, we will review the reading method to ensure your child is progressing. We will then show them how to write, how to take tests, how to read a computer, how to read music, how to read maps, and how to read numbers in mathematical problems.

What if my child is struggling with the system or isn’t following the directions correctly?

You have a few options here as it is to our benefit and yours that your child be successful.
The parent guide provides ideas on what to do if your child isn’t progressing as expected. We provide
a parent/student contract that you can sign with your child to commit them and you to following the process that has been specified. You may call during regular business hours or email anytime for no additional charge. You may also request additional sessions as needed for a fee through our website at www.readingvision.net.

What is the time commitment for me and my child?

In addition to the three one-hour sessions, your child will be expected to complete the eye exercise twice daily for the first month, then once daily thereafter. This takes less than one minute to complete. We also expect that you will have your child read out loud to you at least five times per week for 20 minutes per session. While at school your child will be expected to use the reading method while reading.

Will this system provoke teasing or ridicule by other students?

Not at all. In fact, the other students won’t even know that your child is using Penny Power™. They may notice the difference when your child begins reading more successfully out-loud in class. The system was developed with “stealth” in mind. You child will do the eye exercises with their pennies at home, but if they forget to do the exercise they can still do them at school by using two fingernails
instead of the pennies.

My child is currently taking medications or wears eyeglasses. Should they discontinue these?

No, they should continue with the recommendations of their Doctor.

Is the reading program for the Reading Vision system different than the program my school is using?

The Reading Vison system is not a reading program. It is a combination of an eye exercise and a reading
method that will help your child see the words more clearly. Once they can see the words clearly, they
will experience more success with whatever reading program is being used at your school.