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A study shows significant reading progress after the use of an online program that works to support children with reading difficulties.

This study conducted by the University of Exeter in England looked into the benefits of Own-Voice Intensive Phonics (OVIP). This is a computer-assisted instruction system that, according to previous research, has proved to be similarly effective when compared to face-to-face instruction. This system involves children reading the text of the lesson out loud in response to an instructor's prompts. The child’s speech is audio recorded until it is read without errors. The recordings are useful because the children are able to listen back to them while re-reading the text and identifying the errors they made to support their ability to read without error.

The study consisted of 15 participants aged 7-12. Eight of the participants had been diagnosed with dyslexia. All of the participants responded to a survey saying the program had helped them with their reading skills. The participant's parents were also surveyed upon the completion of the study and many reported an increase in their child’s confidence, motivation, and reading and writing skills.

This study offers an alternative method for supporting youth who may struggle with reading and writing.