Training RAN or reading? A telerehabilitation study on developmental dyslexia

C. Pecini, S. Spoglianti, S. Bonetti, M.C. Di Lieto, F. Guaran, A. Martinelli, F. Gasperini, P. Cristofani, C. Casalini, S. Mazzotti, R. Salvadorini, S. Bargagna, P. Palladino, D. Cismondo, A. Verga, C. Zorzi, D. Brizzolara, C. Vio, A.M. Chilosi

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Rehabilitation procedures recommended for developmental dyslexia (DD) are still not fully defined, and only few studies directly compare different types of training. This study compared a training (Reading Trainer) working on the reading impairment with one (Run the RAN) working on the rapid automatized naming (RAN) impairment, one of the main cognitive deficits associated with DD. Two groups of DD children (N = 45) equivalent for age, sex, full IQ, and reading speed were trained either by Reading Trainer (n = 21) or by Run the RAN (n = 24); both trainings required an intensive home exercise, lasting 3 months. Both trainings showed significant improvements in reading speed and accuracy of passages and words. Bypassing the use of alphanumeric stimuli, but empowering the cognitive processes underlying reading, training RAN may be a valid tool in children with reading difficulties opening new perspectives for children with severe impairments or, even, at risk of reading difficulties. © 2019 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • developmental dyslexia
  • intervention
  • rapid automatized naming
  • reading
  • telerehabilitation
  • child
  • comparative study
  • dyslexia
  • female
  • human
  • male
  • procedures
  • psychology
  • reaction time
  • teaching
  • treatment outcome
  • Child
  • Dyslexia
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Reaction Time
  • Reading
  • Remedial Teaching
  • Telerehabilitation
  • Treatment Outcome


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