Many students learn to read one-syllable words with relatively little difficulty, but they find it much harder to read polysyllabic words (with more than one syllable). This presentation includes (a) an explanation why polysyllabic word reading is difficult based on reading science and (b) easy-to-implement research-based strategies to help students read those long words.
About Devin Kearns, Ph.D.:
Devin M. Kearns, Ph.D. is an associate professor of Special Education in the Department of Educational Psychology in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut (UConn). He is a research scientist for Haskins Laboratories at Yale University and the Center for Behavioral Education & Research at UConn. Devin conducts research on reading disabilities—including dyslexia—in elementary-and middle school-age children and designs instructional programs to assist these students. Devin also studies the neurobiological effects of reading intervention, publishes articles on reading difficulty, and helps schools and districts implement high-quality reading instruction.