About The Author

I am an Associate Professor at the Dept. of Learning Disabilities and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Brain and Learning Disabilities at Haifa University.  I received my Ph.D. in Applied Child Development at Tufts University and was an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Mind, Brain and Education program as well as a visiting professor of Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. My research interest focuses on the cognitive and biological basis of reading development and reading breakdown in diverse populations.   I have examined the role of fluency in reading in different orthographies as well as the relationship between linguistic and social-emotional processes in reading comprehension.  I am a member of multiple committees on literacy in the Israeli Dept of Education.  In the past few years, together with my colleagues, we have developed several innovative reading comprehension interventions focusing on the foundational social, linguistic and cognitive skills which promote reading development in elementary school children. I also study the effects of technology on reading comprehension and Intervention.

My work was funded by the Spencer Foundation, The American Dept of Education, The Piper foundation, and the Israeli Science Foundation and the Israeli Dept of Education.

Mind The Gap: The Role Of Spacing Letters In Early Reading

Have you lately observed a novice reader reading a text? Do you remember your own first reading experiences? You were probably reading slowly, gradually, one letter at a time. Words looked like long and jumbled sequences of letters. Studies suggest that young readers, as well as older readers experiencing reading difficulties, might experience a visual