, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 299-316
Date: 12 Dec 2007

Recent developments in reading intervention research: Introduction to the special issue

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Reading intervention refers to instructional approaches and programs designed to either prevent or remediate persistent reading difficulties. Prevention programs typically focus on at risk children with limited amounts of crucial reading-related knowledge, skills and experiences at school entry who often, but not always, come from low-income family backgrounds. Remedial programs target students who are failing to make adequate progress in learning to read.

Three general subtypes of reading difficulties

Reading is the process of extracting and constructing meaning from text. Given that the child’s fundamental task in learning to read is to discover how print maps onto their existing spoken language, the process of learning to derive meaning from print can be adversely affected in one of two ways, or both: the child’s spoken language system may be deficient in various ways, or the process by which print is connected to the child’s spoken language system may be defective. These basic ideas ...