To understand how and why the Taylor Associates program works, we need to have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of the reading process. This is not the easiest thing to explain, but we think you will find the effort required to digest the following explanation well worth it.
During the years when a child is learning to read, they acquire, through trial and error, a Fundamental Reading Process. This is the basic manner in which they approach all reading tasks. This process reflects the manner in which the child has adapted their visual coordination to read, acquired directional (left to right) control, as well as developed accuracy in visual tracking across lines of print.
These relatively involuntary behaviors interact with their personalised manner of perceiving words, and set in motion a “loosely” intercorrelated feedback process between the manner in which they perceive words, input them into short-term memory, recognise syntax, and achieve literal understanding.
By the time they reach the intermediate grades, this Fundamental Reading Process has become habitual, and the characteristics of this process will either facilitate or inhibit their effectiveness in reading to learn and will ultimately influence their enjoyment of reading.
A key factor to consider here is that they are unaware of and can not control these functional processes.
As a person reads, there is an awareness of a flow of words and ideas, but the reader is unaware that this flow of information is created through a series of extremely brief visual impressions received each time the eyes pause during reading. Without conscious direction, the eyes shift position across each line of print, pausing three to five times per second to accomplish word perceptions.
The reader experiences what seems to be a continuous flow of words, in part because these visual impressions overlap each other so rapidly that they create the feeling of an uninterrupted flow of words. Further, eye movements and pauses are not detected because vision drops dramatically just prior to the movement.