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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Neurological Impress Method

Finally, something I really am an "expert" at that I can share with you ;)  Although I try to be an expert on everything that I do~I really am certified for this one.

I have been concerned since the beginning of this journey about Luke's future reading.  He wouldn't sit still to listen to a book didn't even show an interest in them like my daughter, Maggie, did.  Of course, this was in the beginning and this was also when he was alot younger.  (plus~he is a boy and he isn't Maggie.  I never compare the two, I learned long ago that siblings should never be compared)

After using various methods, including NIM, Luke now likes books and even chooses books to "read" by himself now.  Maggie has been a "reader" since about 12 months of age.  I swear she had "book sense" back then.  I have actual video of her "reading" when she was about 18 months.  I think that all of the methods that I used with them assisted in their love of books, especially NIM. 

If you don't know, I am a Reading Specialist.  Reading was my passion, "BC"........meaning before children!  I still love reading and the teaching of reading.  I am excited to be able to share this method with you.  It works for any age, any stage and any level.

NIM as it is often referred to, stands for Neurological Impress Method.  I have used this method with students, with my own children and shared it with others.  I have seen nothing but positive outcomes using this method.  The good part is...it is probably something you already do with your child and it only takes about 10 minutes a day~!!!


For the sake of consistency, what is commonly called “neurological impress” or
“neurological impress method” is called “neurological impress activity” in this module.

Here are some benefits of using a neurological impress activity for beginning readers:
Develops reading fluency
Helps impress the words into the learner's memory
Helps learners imitate correct pronunciation, intonation, and phrasing
Increases confidence in reading
Models reading fluency and mechanics
Provides a pleasant, non-threatening reading experience
Provides immediate feedback and success in reading

Here are some guidelines to follow when using a neurological impress activity:
For best results, do this activity daily over a period of several months.
Be aware of cultural considerations in a close working relationship such as this requires.
Try this procedure in nonformal settings where literate people might teach other family members or friends:
     Use texts with words the learner can already read.
     Use a regular size book

Steps to use NIM

Sit side by side so that the teacher/reader can speak into the learner's ear.
Tip: Determine which hand the learner writes and eats with and sit on that side of the learner.
Jointly hold the book between you.
Begin by reading by yourself (teacher/reader)  The child/student can chime in and read with you when they feel comfortable (not required, but some kids like to...don't discourage this)
Read a little faster and louder than the learner.
Track the words smoothly with a finger as you read.
Note: This allows the learner to hear the word just before saying it, and
imitate the intonation and flow of the language.
Occasionally lower the volume of your voice to allow the learner to lead the reading.
Help the learner gradually take over tracking by guiding their hand smoothly under the words.

Aukerman 1984
Borneman 1988
Heckelmann 1969
Ringenberg 1991



Apraxia Mom said...

Hi there!

Well written and well explained!

With your permission, may I link this blog post on my blog?

Mommy Square said...

For sure ;) Your facebook post today inspired it!