Benefits of Dialogic Reading

The benefits and effectiveness of Dialogic Reading are proven by countless academic research, much of which is cited on the pages of this website. Test, Cunningham and Lee (2010) state that dialogue with children encourages development in many areas: spoken language, early literacy, cognitive development, social skills and emotional maturity.

Dialogic Reading actively involves the child and positively stimulates the child on multiple levels, contributing significantly to the child’s development. One of the main advantages of this method is that it adapts to the actual learning level of the individual child. Thus, Dialogic Reading is effective both in the case of average learning children and in the case of children with learning disabilities just as much. In the latter case, it does not replace the activities program or support established by a professional but sides the professional’s activity, contributing significantly to the child’s improvement and to obtaining positive results.

Dialogic Reading is a process characterised by a natural and unobtrusive approach and this immediately allows Dialogic Reading to be well accepted by the child. Central for the whole process is the book chosen by the adult and the story it narrates. Dialogic Reading is based on the dialogue between adult and child around the shared story, so it is imperative the story is of good quality, offering contents and ideas that adult and child can discuss around and develop. The apparent simplicity of this method actually hides a great strength and effectiveness, precisely because it does not impose pre-established rules on children and adults but requires that a discussion be started around the images and topics raised by the book.