What makes our reading intervention different from "reading tutoring"?
A question parents often ask us is, “What makes your reading program different?”
We often recommend Alphabetic Phonics to parents who want help for a child with dyslexia.
Alphabetic Phonics is an ungraded, multisensory curriculum, based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, that teaches the structure of the English language. This phonetic program teaches reading, handwriting, spelling, verbal and written expression and comprehension by simultaneously engaging the visual, auditory and kinesthetic modalities.
AP is an intervention or remediation program that is prescriptive, focusing on each individual student's needs. This differs from traditional tutoring programs, which often are scripted the same for every child.
Alphabetic Phonics can be taught to individuals or small groups of any age. Each daily, one-hour session is structured to alternate modalities by including 10 different activities: alphabet, review of letters, review of sounds, multisensory introduction of a new letter, reading, cursive handwriting, spelling, verbal expression, review and listening. Research validates that Alphabetic Phonics works for many students who struggle to read if administered consistently and properly.
At the Andeel Teacher Literacy Institute at Fundamental Learning Center, our Qualified Instructors (certified by ALTA) teach adult learners the Alphabetic Phonics curriculum. We certify these trainees to become Literacy Intervention Specialists and Certified Academic Language Therapists after meeting a number of requirements, including student contact hours and observations.
When parents arrive at the center looking for answers about how to help their children improve at reading, we give them several options. One of these options is networking them with one of our trained professionals so they are able to set up private tutoring sessions. Another option for some parents is taking our Literacy Intervention Specialist courses featuring Alphabetic Phonics themselves.