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What Is Spell Read?

Spell/Read is a unique, science based phonological, auditory training program for struggling readers. The focus is on phonological, automaticity and reading fluency while providing explicit comprehension and vocabulary instruction. With current research on reading, and backed by independent research spell/read provides and integrated, multisensory approach that builds a
student’s sound system then bridges it with the students oral language.

How Does It Work

Students hear, manipulate and process sounds, then master the relationships between sound and letters. By working on the sounds of the English language which begins with the easiest to hear and manipulate to the most difficult and by combining rigorous phonemic and phonetic activities with other active reading and writing. Spell/Read doesn’t just accommodate deficiencies but changes how students read.

Spell/Read reliably improves reading fluency and comprehension across diverse populations
and consists of three phases.

Phase A provides the foundation for the program by training the auditory process function of the brain to hear and manipulate the 44 sounds of English so that students develop a “ sound
processing reflex “ automatically and directly recognize each sound without needing to make
association with rules that hinder automaticity.

Phase B builds on this foundation teaching secondary spelling, consonant blends, syllabication
and auditory/ visual automaticity to the two syllable level.

Phase C is the last phase continues the development of fluency and polysyllabic words and introduces the most common clusters such as “ tion in invention “ as well as pronunciation
and spelling of verb forms. Phase C is intensely language oriented and students apply their
cumulative word level knowledge from the first two phases.

Success at each lesson and phase of the Spell/Read program is dependent on mastery of the
preceding lesson and levels. As the student’s word-level skills, fluency, automaticity, vocabulary
and comprehension develop the emphasis, content, pacing and complexity of reading instruction modulates over time. As word reading efficiency is gained the contribution of active reading effort decreases ( because it has become automatic ) and the background knowledge
vocabulary broadens and language skill increases.

Learn more about our SpellRead program in Bowie MD.

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