What are the secrets of success of the I Can Read System? The secret of any successful learning methodology is in its pedigree. The I Can Read methodologies have evolved as a direct relationship between the research and the results which have informed our approaches. Please take the time to review our research data page. We are able to cite over 150,000 success stories since 2000.
Qualifications: All ICR programmes have been created by recognised educational psychologists with teaching backgrounds and an academic commitment to literacy (qualifications: PhD, B.A (Honours, Master of Letters (Honours), DipEd, literature and linguistics, and psychology majors, thesis research into reading acquisition and over 20 years of field work experience). The creators are also the authors of the book Dealing with Dyslexia and Other Reading Difficulties (Pearson 2005). The ICR approach has been recognised by emeritus professor of cognitive sciences at UNE, Brian Byrne (author of The Alphabetic Principle) as being in line with current research into optimum ways to teach reading.
Unique Cognitive Enhancement: It is the only system to incorporate the Adaptive Neurological Linkage. The ANL is a recently discovered cognitive mechanism that allows anyone using ANL to outlearn and outperform those subject to conventional teaching methods.
The Adaptive Neurological Linkage methodology was created by psychologists as a more reliable learning device than those methods currently in usage. It virtually guarantees success in any learning process. Some time ago it was discovered in the laboratory that sentient organisms used a chemically based feed-back loop whenever they encountered a stimulus (such as might be linked to a learning outcome). This response mechanism determines whether the organism filters the incoming stimulus effectively and its systematic neurological linkage mechanism is such a reliable indicator of learning that today its effects have been harnessed by scientists to differentiate between organisms that fail and organisms that succeed (adapt).
Whenever a sentient organism encounters a stimulus requiring learning outcomes (such as being able to understand a scientific concept or read a book) it will slow down and fail to grasp the outcome unless it applies its adaptive neurological linkage. Incoming stimuli in the form of information cannot be processed efficiently regardless of the stimuli’s transport protocols, its appearance or the language used to process the information without the brain being able to extract critical data from the stimulus, data which is at the heart of the information (its nucleus if you like), within which lies the true learning experience. In order for successful learning to occur, the brain must know how to access this nucleus of information, decode it and build it into the existing cognitive architecture. Recently, psychologists specialising in learning and education have recognised that learning can be enhanced and facilitated when the brain is allowed to apply its adaptive response which after all is nature’s ways of ensuring that organisms that learn successfully and quickly survive and thrive.
The scientists and psychologists at I Can Read have taken the adaptive neurological linkage methods and built them into how we teach (in our case English literacy skills) so as to virtually guarantee that anyone using this method will rise above the general population and be able to apply new acquisition skills, previously unheard of. The time will come when all teaching will apply adaptive neurological linkage methods. It will increase our learning capacities beyond what is possible today in normal learning situations. It means no down time, no comprehension struggles and no difficulties in the acquisition sequence itself.
Research: The I CAN READ® system, incorporating the reading programme, has been developed over several years by educational psychologists and came about through research conducted over twenty years by Dr Antony Earnshaw (PhD) and Annabel Seargeant. Recent evidence using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) supports the I Can Read approach which is probably now the most effective learning to read system in the world.