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Research shows that instruction focusing on improving reading fluency and reading comprehension helps to improve reading achievement. The following references support targeting this skill in your therapy or classroom setting.
Building a powerful reading program: from research to practice. Institute for Education Reform (1996). Retrieved October 11, 2006 from http://www.csus.edu/ier/reading.html.
Hirsch, E.D. (2003). Reading comprehension requires knowledge of words and the world: scientific insights into the fourth-grade slump and the nation's stagnant comprehension scores. American Educator, 10-45.
Lyon, G. R., The NICHD research program in reading development, reading disorders and reading instruction. Retrieved October 5, 2006 from National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubs/upload/reading_centers.pdf.
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (2006). The cognitive foundations of learning to read: a framework. Retrieved October 6, 2006 from http://www.sedl.org/reading/framework/.
Teaching children to read: An evidence-based assessment of the scientific research literature on reading and its implications for reading instruction. (2000) Retrieved September 28, 2006 from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Report of the National Reading Panel. http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/nrp/upload/smallbook_pdf.pdf.