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Do you use phonics or language based tutoring?

We support phonics as a first step to reading for many children. However, there will always be children that do not thrive with this technique. Phonics works well for people that think in sound. A dyslexic does not think in sound. One-third of children are visual learners, one-third are auditory (sound) and one-third are both visual and auditory.  Dyslexics are visual learners

We support an alternative should a child still be struggling with reading in Grade 3 and up.

Additionally, Dyslexia is much more than sounding out words. Dyslexia is also confusion with symbols, meanings of words and emotional reactions to the learning environment.

 

Research

Research indicates phonics/synthetic phonics is the best way to start off learning to read.  However, there is no research to support this is the best way for a dyslexic to learn to read.  We have not found any particular method meets the Institute of Education Sciences criteria as evidence based (link).

How long should phonics be taught?

There are many good phonics programs currently available for young children.   Current research indicates ..."if phonics instruction begins early...it should be completed by the end of year one..."(read more).  This is supported by new research out of New Zealand which found..."sounding out words is not necessary past the initial stages of reading... read more 2012 and 2013.

Further research: NCTE 2005 ASCD 1994, Visual Learner, University of Michigan, University of Canberra, NICHD , UK, Live Science

Should teachers be better trained in phonics or synthetic phonics?

Teachers are the first line of fire.  Here is something to consider:

In the USA, billions was spent on a federal literacy policy which included phonemic awareness instruction, phonics instruction, fluency instruction, vocabulary instruction, text comprehension instruction, independent reading, computer assisted instruction and teacher professional development. 

A follow up study on this policy, published in 2012 by The Centre on Education Policy, found an increase of 9 percentage points in school literacy failure. Research

In 2009, the UK government invested 9 million pounds to run synthetic phonics programmes in schools for the early years (see article).  In 2012, the National Literacy Trust in the UK states "Four out of 10 pupils fail phonics tests".  See link

Professor Bob Burden, former BDA trustee, argues that dyslexics may be more in need of therapy or counselling than specific teaching interventions. … It may even be that the person with dyslexia is suffering from a surfeit (excess) of phonics...article link


Will coloured paper or glasses help?

We successfully correct perceptual distortions of words or symbols (known as Perceptual dyslexia) without the use of glasses or coloured lenses. 

Coloured lenses are for a condition known as Irlen or Meares-Irlen Syndrome (aka scoptic sensitivity syndrome) NOT for dyslexia. The Irlen Syndrome is a condition characterised by visual distress. Some of the problems associated with this syndrome are sensitivity to light or colour, poor depth perception, lack of facial recognition and visual distortions.

This condition is separate from Dyslexia and should be treated separately.
Myths and Facts about Irlen Syndrome

 

What is the difference between a multisensory non-phonics approach and a multi sensory language or linguistic approach?

A multi sensory non-phonics approach uses a experiential, visual, auditory encoding and kinesthetic approach without phonics.

A multi sensory language or linguistic approach is another way of presenting a phonics (phonemics/synthetic/sounding out)  approach using auditory, visual and kinesthetic senses.   We have not found research or evidence, supporting any specific approach for dyslexics.   Clear here

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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