Annals of Dyslexia

, Volume 64, Issue 3, pp 183–201 | Cite as

Reading improvement in English- and Hebrew-speaking children with reading difficulties after reading acceleration training

  • Tzipi Horowitz-KrausEmail author
  • Nicole Cicchino
  • Merav Amiel
  • Scott K. Holland
  • Zvia Breznitz


A reading acceleration program known to improve reading fluency in Hebrew-speaking adults was tested for its effect on children. Eighty-nine Hebrew- and English-speaking children with reading difficulties were divided into a waiting list group and two training groups (Hebrew and English) and underwent 4 weeks of reading acceleration training. Results of pre- and post-testing of reading abilities point to a significant main effect of the test, demonstrating improvements in silent contextual reading speed, reading comprehension, and speed of processing in both Hebrew and English training groups as compared to their performance before the intervention. This study indicates that the Reading Acceleration Program might be an effective program for improving reading abilities in children, independent of language.


Dyslexia Fluency Oral and silent reading Reading Acceleration Program 



This study was supported by the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF), grant no. 2009053. The authors would like to thank Dr. Mekibib Altaye, Ph.D., Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, for his contribution.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nicole Cicchino
    • 1
  • Merav Amiel
    • 2
  • Scott K. Holland
    • 1
  • Zvia Breznitz
    • 2
  1. 1.Pediatric Neuroimaging Research ConsortiumCincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical CenterCincinnatiUSA
  2. 2.The Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities, Faculty of EducationUniversity of HaifaHaifaIsrael

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