Science Behind Annadan


On this page I want to share some of the scientific research Annadan is based on – whether it is the Syllable Method, using sign for letter and sound recognition or a late start for reading (I recommend Annadan for children from 6 years of age – no previous letter/reading/alphabet exposure needed).

If in doubt about why a certain thing is this or that way in Annadan:
Here’s the place to go.

Children learning to read later catch up to children reading earlier
Early Childhood Research Quarterly:
Sebastian P. Suggatea,∗, Elizabeth A. Schaughencyb, Elaine Reeseb
Children learning to read later catch up to children reading earlier

This research suggests that children who learn to read late – at about 7 years – catch up to and even surpass their peers that have been taught reading at a much younger age.





Barbara A. Wilson
The Wilson Reading Method

Wilson shows how teaching children to read different syllable types (and dividing words into syllables) improves reading skills.






nervensaegeLinda Hilzenbecher
Und was heißt Nervensäge auf Gebärdisch?
Gebärden für Kinder im Grundschulalter

German Paper

This publication explains how (and why) introducing sign into hearing children’s language classes boosts achievement, especially with ADD and other at-risk students.


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