How Dialogic Reading can help

The extensive scientific literature available starting especially from the early 90s onwards has identified four basic aspects on which Dialogic Reading has proved significantly effective.

  • The overall development of the child’s vocabulary, oral, written and comprehension skills;
  • The development of interpersonal and relational skills in the child;
  • A fundamental role in all those cases of communication-related disorders;
  • A significant role in the presence of deficits such as autism, dyslexia and growth disorders.

Dialogic Reading has proved effective for the overall development of children and young people and one of the aspects that makes it more interesting is the simplicity and spontaneousness of the method. Dialogic Reading is not invasive and follows a completely natural procedure, which is that of reading and talking about a shared topic, the story narrated by the book. Therefore, it can be used on any occasion, both by the parent with their children and by the teacher with the students, contributing significantly to the development of children.
The simplicity of the method, however, should not be underestimated, because where Dialogical Reading is applied as a rigorous method, it becomes an effective tool for addressing critical issues in the development of children.

While the investment required by the Dialogic Reading is limited, essentially consisting in the purchase of some well-chosen books and in dedicating time with children, on the other hand, the advantages are noteworthy, especially in the long term and on several levels: intellectual, emotional, relational, behavioral. It contributes by individually bringing new knowledge and skills to children and by developing interaction, dialogue and reading comprehension.