A vast body of research shows that the most important predictor of children’s academic success is their early reading skills. Early reading skills are a huge part of children’s development. Unlike learning to talk or walk, however, reading is not a skill that we evolved to master without specific instruction and intervention. Historically, reading was not something that everyone did, and so our brains have had much less time to develop in this area.
Why is early reading intervention important?
- Your child forms positive associations with the experience of reading;
- You and your child can better understand that everyone learns to read differently;
- Figuring out what your child’s strengths and challenges are, which will help them build confidence and cultivate strategies in their areas of weakness
What do we know about reading?
Children may exhibit high levels of intelligence and talent in many areas and yet still struggle to pick up the skills of reading. Whilst the education system continues to develop new teaching approaches, the reality is that not all children learn the same way. And not all children can achieve a level of reading that is so often expected throughout their lives. The important thing to explore is where their struggles lie, and what assistance can be provided so that children build their confidence to engage in reading, despite their difficulties. This is, however, an individualised journey.
Sounds Write Program
Sounds Write is an evidence-based literacy program focused on early reading and spelling skills. Research has well documented that reading interventions are most effective when they are based on explicit instructions and sequential steps, and where skills are slowly mastered and built upon in a structured order. The effectiveness of the Sound Write program has been demonstrated in reports of using it with more than 1000 children, and it is now being taught internationally. This is one of the most universally recognised programs for teaching children to read.
Our educators are trained in using the Sound Write program to teach children reading skills based on their individualised needs.
Who is the program for?
This program is suitable for all early learners, including children who are behind in reading, and for all parents who would like to know more about how best to coach their children in reading.
This program can be taught to individual pairs of parents and children or in small groups of up to 4 children with their parents. Children will attend all sessions with their parents because much of the learning will happen with lots of practice at home.
The duration of this program varies based on each child’s individualised need.
Session Length: 60 minutes
Dates & Schedule
- Please call the clinic to make bookings for an initial assessment session.
- Fees differ based on the mode of delivery of the program (individual or in a group). Individual sessions are $240 for a dyad of child and parent. Group sessions are $140 for a dyad of child and parent.