While Reading Plus® develops essential vocabulary, analytical reading
and comprehension skills, it is the fluency building activities that make the system unique and successful. Reading Plus®
assesses and develops a student's Fundamental Reading Process, visual, perceptual and cognitive skills that are essential
for fluent silent reading at adequate rates with excellent comprehension. These skills are subliminal, and involve over 15
high speed visual and perceptual processes that interact from 3 to 5 times per second as the reader's eyes move along
lines of print.
Since these processes
are subliminal, they cannot be directed by a teacher, nor controlled by a student. If a student's visual skills are inadequate,
words may be blurred or doubled, reading will be less comfortable and attention will suffer. If students cannot perceive words
accurately in a fraction of their usual eye pause time, they will inadvertently make multiple eye-stops to recognize each
word. This delayed word recognition encourages visual wandering which consequently reduces comprehension. The silent reading
fluency skills developed by Reading Plus® improve attention and concentration, short term memory, literal
understanding and the rate at which students can read comfortably with excellent comprehension.