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Originally Broadcasted

Date: Thursday 6th May, 2021

Here are the 3 main takeaways:

1. At the heart of reading is comprehension, where students can draw meaning and pleasure from the text. Decoding is simply the mechanics of reading, where one connects the visual symbols to their phonological sounds. One can have decoding skills but not comprehension. For comprehension to be successful, reading fluency, defined as accurate reading at an appropriate speed and emotional expression, needs to be strong. 

2. Reading fluency is best built through guided oral reading, where a child or student is given immediate correction or guidance as he/ she reads aloud. This has been found to be superior to silent reading in building reading fluency. While this is a simple technique, parents and teachers may be constrained by time to support 1:1 reading.   

3. Using voice-recognition technology, Reading Assistant is a computerised personal reading coach designed to provide guidance to students as they read aloud. At the same time, using thoughtful questions and books personally selected at just the right challenge for each child, comprehension skills and strategies are developed. The result is a stronger reader who can derive meaning and pleasure from reading.  


Cheryl Chia – Founder and Director, BrainFit®

With more than 20 years’ experience in brain fitness training, Cheryl is an accomplished paediatric physiotherapist, who is also the founder of BrainFit, an entity that specialises in scientific brain fitness training. Cheryl holds a Master Degree in Physiotherapy Studies (Paediatrics) from the University of Queensland, Australia. She was awarded a full scholarship from KK Hospital and was also the overall coordinator for paediatric neurology physiotherapy there. She has lectured in Nanyang Polytechnic and is a much sought-after speaker, including at events organised by MediaCorp-SMART Parents, the Child Guidance Clinic and schools. She is a frequent invited guest on Parenting Made Easy Radio 93.8, where she shares her expertise on brain fitness to help parents raise smarter and more resilient children. Cheryl is also an author and a mother to two young girls..