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ERIC Number: ED186843
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 13
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The Neurological-Impress Method of Teaching Reading.
Partridge, Susan
In the neurological impress method the teacher sits slightly behind the child, a book is held jointly, and the teacher and child read aloud simultaneously with the teacher directing his/her voice into the child's ear as the child slides a finger along each line following the words as they are spoken. No attempt is made to teach sounds or word recognition skills or to question the child about the material read. The session is to be pleasant and not fatiguing. The method was first discussed by R. G. Heckelman in the 1960s and is similar to the Prime-O-Tec method developed by W. C. Jordan in that period. P. M. Hollingsworth adapted the technique for use with a multi-channel wireless language system where a tape is played and 10 children are able to read and follow along at once. Results of experiments with the neurological impress method, involving teachers, tutors and the wireless system, have been mixed. Subjective evidence offered by teachers involved with research studies on using the method is usually favorable. Heckelman believes that the method is one way of breaking word calling and gaining fluency in reading. A review of the studies on the neurological impress method suggests that more research on the technique is needed with special consideration given to selecting preferred treatment for individual students. (MKM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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