Areas of Support
We support students with weak phonemic awareness, decoding, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
The vast majority of struggling readers have difficulty with phonemic awareness - they struggle to manipulate the sounds we hear in oral language. This is a key foundational skill that underpins successful reading and spelling.
Often struggling readers develop compensatory strategies to sidestep weak decoding. Many of these children guess at words using context clues or pictures. Learning how to sound out a word – decoding – is a critical skill to develop. We explicitly target decoding through rigorous, research-validated instruction.
Methods and Programming
We create customized programming to target individual student learning profiles using a variety of research-validated programs:
Direct Instruction (Reading Mastery, Corrective Reading Decoding, REWARDS, Phonemic Awareness)
Lindamood-Bell (LiPS, Seeing Stars, Visualizing and Verbalizing)
Reading support may be warranted if a child is exhibiting any of these signs:
Difficulty learning to sound out and/or remember words
Reluctant to read
Reading slowly and laboriously
Guessing at long words
Relying on context cues or pictures to guess at words