Both of my children have IEPs (dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia) that include audiobooks. The first audiobook was sent home yesterday. The audiobook sent home was a YouTube link of a woman reading The River in her living room while videotaping herself, while her children occasionally were heard in the background.

I have supportive data from Language Ally but have not found anything from my state’s Board of Education or the International Dyslexia Association with regards to audiobooks with fidelity. In particular, multisensory (visual and audible) as well as the importance of being able to search for a word that may have just been missed.

Do you have any documents supporting the research studies behind what audiobooks with fidelity look like and the reasoning behind the importance?

Dr. Pierson's Response: 

That is a very good question -- and one that a search did not yield any studies in peer-reviewed journals. Some organizations have conducted studies, which I do think are informative, but, again, none is peer-reviewed. Here is an example of what I found.

This blog from Audible is rather good in making the connection to other evidence -- like that with ELL students and the importance of listening comprehension.

This is what I found on the IDA website.

I do think this is an important point.

Anyway, nothing yet in the peer-reviewed journals that I could find.