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Dyslexia

We all want our children to be happy and to have the best opportunities for the future. Reading, spelling and writing are fundamental to academic success. Literacy instruction begins in kindergarten and continues into high school. If your child misses any of the early literacy skills, they may have low progress in reading and writing and this is likely to lead to academic underachievement.

Literacy, spelling  and written expression difficulties are not necessarily a reflection of low intelligence or lack of talent. The child with difficulty in one area may have complimentary strengths in other areas. Children with learning difficulties can feel self conscious and anxious because other children are outperforming them academically. However, it is important to realise that therapy lessons and targeted intervention can help learning.

The intervention at OneOnOne Children’s therapy uses evidence based intervention methods. The Sounds Write approach is the core component of our literacy intervention. The written expression programs uses intervention that reflects a child’s performance on a  number of standardised tests.

The intervention programs at OneOnOne Children’s therapy have helped many children to ‘get back on track’ and reach their full potential at school.

What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability. It is often thought of as a reading difficulty, but it can impact many aspects of learning at school. It is not about whether your child may or may not have dyslexia, it is about the difficulties they are having across a continuum of skills. Students with dyslexia can be identified because they may trouble with some or many of the following:

Processing the sounds in words

  • Difficulty working with the sounds in words eg, identifying beginning and end sounds in a word, producing a word that rhymes
  • Problems learning phonic (letter/sound association) skills

Short term memory problems with auditory skills

  • Blending sounds together
  • Taking in verbal information
  • Remembering instructions
  • Learning lists of facts

Retrieving words from vocabulary 

  • Trouble with basic sight words
  • Less fluent oral reading
  • Difficulty recalling names and words

Recognising and remembering the ‘look’ of words 

  • Reading and spelling problems

Difficulty doing things quickly and automatically so they can only do one thing at a time

  • Can’t focus on spelling and ideas at the same time when writing
  • Can’t decode words and take in the meaning of the text at the same time
  • Difficulty understanding what they have read
  • Difficulty expressing them selves in written tasks
  • Difficulty with listening and note-taking

Difficulty with multi-tasking

  • Problems with organisation
  • Problems with time management

 

Intervention for children who are behind in reading, spelling and written expression

OneOnOne Children’s Therapy is excited to offer Sounds Write as our primary intervention for children who have fallen behind in their reading and spelling. We use the Sounds Write approach to get children back on track with reading and spelling.

Sounds Write is a quality phonics approach that has a strong evidence base and is used widely around the world. For more information on Sounds Write and the research behind the approach, go to http://www.sounds-write.co.uk.

The program is available in our Bondi Junction clinic and is delivered by our Speech Pathologists. Our Speech Pathologists deliver the program in individual sessions during the school term. Sounds Write group sessions are offered in an intensive program during the school holidays.  Sounds Write is also available via Skype for families who cannot attend our Bondi Junction clinic.