December 6, 2018 / by LiteracyUntangled

Audiobooks and Immersion Readers: Do They Help or Hurt My Child?

Audiobooks and Immersion Readers: Do They Help or Hurt My Child?

Have you ever heard the following and began to wonder if the use of audiobooks and immersion readers are hurting your child’s ability to learn to read?

“Audiobooks and immersion readers isn’t real reading, it’s just a new way to cheat!”

The short answer to that question is “no”. The main reason for reading is to gain information, how you receive the information is unimportant. In fact, reading to your child and/or using audiobooks and immersion readers can only help increase your child’s reading skills.

At this year’s annual International Dyslexia Associationconference, it was stated many times, and in many different ways, the importance of the ability to listen and hear is to gaining and building strong literacy skills. I think the infographic recently put out by the Audio Publishers Association says it best!

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