Research on the use of audiobooks with young people with dyslexia

In my personal blog I have summarised a research study on the use of audiobooks with learners with dyslexia here but I wanted to post the abstract here also in case others hadn’t seen it. The paper confirms what we knew already, which is comforting.

The objective of the  research study was to understand what benefits the use of audiobooks (both school-books and books of various genres, recorded on digital media) could bring to preadolescents and adolescents with developmental dyslexia.

Two groups, each consisting of 20 adolescents, were compared. The experimental group used the audiobooks, while the control group continued to use normal books. After 5 months of experimental training, the experimental group showed a significant improvement in reading accuracy, with reduced unease and emotional-behavioural disorders, as well as an improvement in school performance and a greater motivation and involvement in school activities.

Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Interesting use of the word ‘normal’ to describe printed matter. It’s a generational thing perhaps.

You can access the study by paying a fee. Anybody really interested is welcome to look at my copy.

3 thoughts on “Research on the use of audiobooks with young people with dyslexia

  1. I’d like to see the report Hilery. Audio books are brilliant and pupils can enjoy the same texts as their peers – Harry Potter is a perfect example.
    I’m going to have alook at the Books for All databse and have a think

  2. Morna
    I’ll send a copy to you in the internal mail.
    I’ll be coordinating work on Books for All this session and I’ll be in touch with you about that soon. If anyone else would like to be involved please let me know.

  3. We’ll be looking at books / texts in accessible formats for our children and young people with severe and complex ASN – quite a challenge!

    I’ll have a wee look on GLOW too

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