Reading Intervention Programs - SPELD NSW

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Reading Intervention Programs

Reading Intervention Programs

SPELD NSW has put together a short list of evidence based, structured literacy intervention programs that parents can use at home to support your child’s reading development. Learn more about what makes effective reading instruction here.

Toe by Toe, The Word Wasp and Hornet Literacy Primer are small books that can be used by students who are struggling to develop literacy.  They can be used by anyone and you don’t need to be a teacher or a professional. Toe by Toe focuses on reading only and Word Wasp focuses on reading and spelling. All the instructions you need to use the programs are provided in the books. Students can find the program repetitive and may need some encouragement. A downloadable program selection test is available for Word Wasp, as well as video examples and sample pages are available online to assist you in assessing the program.

Sounds Write is a linguistic, structured, synthetic phonics program designed for teachers and speech pathologists. Sounds-Write has made the first 14 units of the Sounds-Write course available for parents to use through Udemy. The Udemy course includes video tutorials for parents and downloadable resources. The first 14 units address basic reading and spelling with single letter sounds only (the Initial Code) and is suitable for students who need to learn early reading skills. Sounds-Write Activity Books can also be purchased from the SPELD NSW Bookstore for use in the home environment. There is also a Sounds-Write Initial Code App available for iPads. An affordable book, with a step by step program parents can use at home one-on-one with their child while they are learning to read is available from various book sellers.

A simple and low cost book available at various retailers, such as Booktopia

Barton Reading and Spelling is designed to be used at home by parents (it is also used by schools and tutors). With multiple levels, students use pencil and paper and the provided letter tiles to complete each lesson. It’s a comprehensive and structured program based on an Orton-Gillingham approach. Lessons are fully scripted and parents are provided with training videos to assist with the delivery of the program. The program is American so some spelling needs to be adapted. It can also be purchased second-hand. 

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