"Visualizing For Reading Comprehension" 2 Skills Struggling Readers Need to Improve Comprehension

Updated: Dec 27, 2018

Albert Einstein once said “If I can’t picture it, I can’t understand it.”

It has been recorded that Good Readers are able to hold information about what they read by “making a movie in their head”.

Skill #1 Struggling readers can learn to make movies in their head through Visualization.

Research has shown that Visualization is important in how we process language and thought. The brain “sees” in order to store and process information.

How do we receive this information?

We know that most words have meaning.

When we read or hear words we need to have a way for them to make sense.

Our brain creates images of these meanings.

For example: if I say “cat”. You now have an image of a cat. If I add these words: “a big fat black cat” your cat image changes, right? Of course it does.

Your brain received more information and adjusted your image.

Skill #2 Struggling readers can share what they see through Verbalization

Those who can create an image in their brain can pull language from this image.

They can use words either orally or through the written word to express or describe what they are seeing.

They can make inferences, draw conclusions, even make predictions from this image.

They can use the imagination to ‘play out a very funny scene’ then relay it to their audience, their friends or family as a joke or a funny story.

So the ability to Visualize and then Verbalize is important in the way we interact with language.

Hi. I'm Jean Harville, founder of Private Dyslexia Tutor. When I discovered Visualizing and Verbalizing, I applied the strategy to strengthen my own comprehension skills. You see, I struggled in school with comprehension having to reread, reread, and reread passages to fully understand them.

Let's look at WHY visualizing needs to be taught, and HOW to effectively do so.