Phonologic Awareness and Flexibility are key to acquiring early reading skills. A child must recognize that speech sounds are related to written letters in phoneme-grapheme correspondence patterns. The awareness of phonological segments in speech leads to early reading achievements. These skills include rhyming, segmentation, and recognition of word families.
Phonetic Analysis requires the child to conceptualize and manipulate sounds in isolation, blends, and words. At Suburban Speech Center we use a multimodal approach to teach these skills with emphasis on tactile learning and motor memory. Letters are practiced with skywriting and tracing. Word segmentation and blending are taught via letter tiles, blocks and tapping techniques. Word families are also used to help children with their decoding skills.
Fundations Program is based on the principles of Orton-Gillingham methodology. It is a systematic, sequential, multi-sensory method of teaching early reading and writing skills to children who struggle in these areas. The program includes phonological awareness, vocabulary, sight word instruction, fluency, and comprehension. Instruction emphasizes active learning to fully engage children in the learning process.
Sounds In Motion, is an evidence-based intervention program designed to develop listening skills in children, which in turn helps to improve articulation, vocabulary, auditory memory, phonetic awareness, and early literacy. The Sounds In Motion approach pairs kinesthetic gross motor movements with phonemes to teach articulation, phoneme awareness and sound/symbol association. It helps children develop the ability to become actively involved in the task of listening.
Earobics is an individualized computer program aligned with the Common Core. Targeted areas of instruction include phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary and fluency.
Symbol Recognition and Interpretation includes letter-symbol identification, word reference association, and reading comprehension.
Sight Word Recognition plays an important role in the early phase of reading. Dolch Basic Sight Words are used to introduce words commonly used by children in everyday reading and writing. Having the child recognize these words quickly is an important goal of this approach. Learning these words offers children a solid base for beginning reading as well as building fluency, a key component to reading.
Phonographix is a research-based method that progresses from the sound to the symbol. The program includes the following areas: segmenting (to access independent sounds within words), blending (to push sounds together into words), and phoneme manipulation (to slide sounds in and out of words that contain overlapping spellings, such as the ‘ow’ in ‘brown’).