PATH has been proven through controlled validation studies as a breakthrough technology that significantly improves reading fluency, attention, and working memory through its direction discrimination therapy. PATH is even more effective when started at ages six to eight, which is when these brain pathways are developing. These studies have also shown that the more training on PATH, the more reading fluency, attention, and memory improve.
PATH (previously known as MovingToRead) was used in controlled clinical studies in four elementary schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu and Los Angeles Unified School Districts:
- 2002-2003, 107 students in 2nd grade and
- 2003-2004, 106 students in 2nd and 3rd grade.
During these studies, standardized tests of reading skills were administered to every student in the study, initially and at the end of the study, to measure their improvements in the perceptual and cognitive components used in reading.
PATH was also used in controlled clinical studies in San Diego Unified School District in 2010-2015 (click here to see the publication of this study). During these studies standardized tests of reading skills, attention, and both visual and auditory working were used to measure improvements following PATH training.
The results of controlled validation studies found that all children who were trained on left-right movement discrimination (PATH) had large improvements in their sensitivity to direction discrimination. In all studies (click here for the publications, and click here for a review article of these studies), both challenged readers and typical readers improved significantly.
Challenged readers improved four-fold in seeing movement more easily for low contrast (dim) patterns, and typical readers improved three-fold following training in discriminating the direction of motion.
The more PATH was trained: 1) the more reading speeds improve, as shown in Figure 1 below, and 2) the more these improvements are sustained over time, resulting in significant benefits that last for a lifetime.
Both challenged readers and typical readers who were trained on PATH increased over a grade level on reading skills: word identification, spelling, and reading comprehension, attention and both visual and auditory working memory, see Figure 2 below, some improving up to 4 grade levels, after only 48 sessions of training on PATH, 4 sessions each week for 12 weeks.
Click here to download Lawton (2016) in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience where these results are published.
After 12 weeks, cognitive skills improved significantly (marked by *) more following PATH neurotraining for 20 minutes 3 times a week than following Raz-Kids guided reading for 30 minutes 3 times a week, see figure below. Based on the data from this study (Lawton & Shelley-Tremblay, 2017) participants undergoing PATH neurotraining, had a very large effect size (Cohen’s d). Effect sizes of 0.9, 1.2, 0.8, 1.0, 1.1, and 1.1 were found for reading speed, reading comprehension, pronunciation, attention, visual working memory, and auditory working memory, respectively, by examining the interaction term between Training and Time. These effect sizes are large, being substantially larger than reported by other studies designed to improve these cognitive skills.
PATH training improves visual timing instead of targeting higher-level phonological skills. In turn, people using PATH see results in 12 weeks, by only training 15-20 minutes 2-3 times a week. These same results are not found when using FastForWord, Learning Upgrade, or Raz-Kids.
In fact, Repeated Reading only: 1) doubled reading speed, whereas PATH neurotraining improved reading speed 3-10 times, and 2) improved reading comprehension by 8%, whereas PATH improved comprehension by 28% for dyslexic and 37% for typically developing second and third graders.
To see Summary of How and Why PATH neurotraining is essential for improving brain function and ease of learning: Click Here
View Publications to see details of these studies that were conducted over the past 20 years.