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improving reading comprehension

While, I have been relatively successful in work and school I have always struggled with reading comprehension, primarily due to difficulty in maintaining attention while reading.  This either prevents me from completing required reading, or not being able to recall anything about what I just finished reading.  I am currently taking focalin which has helped with my ADD symptoms in general but I still struggle with reading comprehension.  I have tried different speed reading methods in the hope that reading faster will help me improve my focus but with little success.  I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem and how they have tried to improve their ability to focus while read and what has work or not worked.

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Hi subN8!

Here’s an article on ADDitudeMag.com on improving reading comprehension in students with ADHD. While it’s geared toward children, some of the tips can be used by adults as well. http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/4026.html

I have heard that highlighting important passages helps you to remember them (plus, you can go back and read just the important stuff the second time).

What I’ve found most useful to help with reading comprehension in my son is a reading program that reads the text aloud with synchronized highlighting. A Kindle Fire has that option on books that are set up for it (quite a few). There are also other programs to do this. Bookshare and Blio come to mind. Bookshare is probably your most likely source if you want to use it for college textbooks.

Hope these ideas help!
Penny
ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jun 19, 2014 at 5:16pm

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