Early intervention for preventing reading difficulties

Once children fall behind in reading, remedial programs are hard pressed to close the gap in basic skills and knowledge. Jack Fletcher and Sharon Vaughn explain why early intervention is better

WHY IS EARLY INTERVENTION more effective than later remediation for children struggling to read? When children fall behind in reading, it can be difficult for them to catch up with their peers through remedial programs, as early difficulties have an impact on skills, knowledge, interest, and the neural systems that mediate reading. However, the effectiveness of early intervention is well-documented.

What we know
● Early reading difficulties have an impact on interest in reading and the neural systems that mediate reading.
● Early intervention is more effective than later remediation.
● Early intervention is most effective when implemented as a multi-tiered system of support, focusing on enhanced teaching of core reading with additional interventions for children who struggle.

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Published

October 2013