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Why can’t my child read?

By | Literacy

Children who do not learn to read in the first few years of schooling will often struggle at school. This is because reading underpins most academic learning. Reading involves a lot of different things. Students need a strong foundation to learn to read. There are 5 steps that are an important part of reading. When children develop their skills across all these areas, then reading success is more likely. Phonemic Awareness This is knowing that words are made up of sounds, that some words sound similar, that if you change a sound then it becomes a different word. You will…

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Reading shouldn’t be so hard.

By | Literacy

Using the Sounds Write approach to help children who have fallen behind in reading and spelling. Some children find it much harder to learn to read and spell. As a consequence of this, they can fall behind at school. They may suffer self-esteem issues as they see their friends complete schoolwork faster and with greater ease. Learning to read and spell doesn’t happen naturally. Learning to speak happens naturally for most children, but learning to read has to be explicitly taught. We don’t learn to read and spell by watching someone else do it. It requires careful, structured teaching. Our…

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What is Sounds Write literacy intervention?

By | Literacy

Why is reading and spelling in English so hard? Many beginning readers and poor readers never learn the skills and knowledge to successfully read or spell. Unlike talking, reading isn’t something you learn to do by copying other people around you. Reading needs to be explicitly and systematically taught. It is very challenging for students to read and spell, because English is so inconsistent. Good quality phonics teaching, like Sounds Write, involves learning the sounds that go with the letters; but it also involves learning how the spelling system relates to the sounds of the language. This is where the…

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The Sounds Write approach and why segmenting is taught from the first lesson.

By | Literacy

Sounds Write is a highly successful approach to literacy intervention for children who have fallen behind in reading and spelling. One of the reasons for this success is that it focuses on one of the most critical skill in learning to read and spell. That skill is segmenting, and Sounds Write focuses on this from the very first lesson. Segmenting is the ability to split words up into their separate speech sounds. Students then blend the sounds back together to read a word. Why is segmenting important? Every unit in the Sounds Write approach starts with this word building because:…

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What is dyslexia and does my child have it?

By | Literacy

Many people have heard of the term ‘dyslexia’, but it is a term that is often misunderstood. Dyslexia is  a term used to refer to a pattern of learning difficulties associated with poor reading poor spelling abilities. How is dyslexia diagnosed? In our Bondi Junction clinic, we use the DSM-5 description. Dyslexia is diagnosed as a specific learning disorder with impairment in reading includes possible deficits in: Word reading accuracy Reading rate or fluency Comprehension of what you are reading Reading is a complex, and amazing, process. There are a number of steps in the reading process, and different students can have…

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