Scarborough’s Reading Rope and Dyslexia

Over the next several weeks, we are going to be sharing resources related to Scarborough’s Reading Rope! The Reading Rope is a helpful visual reference for parents and caretakers of kids who have dyslexia, as well as anyone who teaches kids who have dyslexia.

The concept was created by Hollis Scarborough, a leading researcher of early language development and its connection to literacy, to illustrate the process of learning to read.

Scarborough's Reading Rope

Scarborough’s Reading Rope consists of lower and upper strands. Word-recognition strands work together as the reader becomes accurate and fluent. Language-comprehension strands reinforce each other and weave together with word-recognition strands in a skilled reader. Attainment of these skills requires instruction and practice.

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