The Pocket Learner relies on the fact that brain integration activities are critical as these activities help balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain. It uses a combination of brain, vision, visual memory and auditory exercises to build the primary skills and then start working on actual reading skills. This is done using pictures combined with the words the child is trying to learn.

Pictures are primarily right brain and combining pictures with the words integrates both brain hemispheres. In the early stages a child might not grasp the correct pronunciation of the words, the plan is just to vocalise or make an approximation of the word. We want the child to learn that it is possible to use his voice as a tool to initiate and request. Quite often, by enticing the child with something motivating (reward) one can extract some speech or signing.

It is important to note that children with Autism, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder or Auditory Processing Disorders might have difficulties with listening, remembering, and following verbal instructions so it essential to exercise patience and create the right atmosphere before attempting practice sessions.