Have you been Phonic(k)ed?
Beccie is the Head of Service at Rushall’s Inclusion Advisory Team – a unique service which supports schools to ensure that their pupils with special educational needs exceed their potential across four different local authorities: Walsall, Birmingham, North Warwickshire and Staffordshire. She has over 14 years of experience of teaching children and young people with special educational needs and is a qualified specialist dyslexia teacher having gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Specific Learning Difficulties – dyslexia, AMBDA and Masters degree in Equality and Diversity in Education.
In this article Beccie writes about the "Phonic Rehab" she runs at her school. She writes..
"So what happens in phonic rehab? Firstly, we recognise that not all children learn following a synthetic approach. Some children have limited working memory capacity which means that they can’t ‘hold’ all of the sounds that they need to synthesise. Others may struggle to sequence all of the sounds, fail to isolate individual phonemes or get locked into sounding out everything that they try to read. The next step is to explore a range of methods to find the way in which the child learns best such as looking at whole words, using analogy (if you can spell bat you could get to hat, mat, sat….), exploring onset and rime, mnemonics, word shapes, simultaneous oral spelling and anything else in your teaching armoury.
Beccie is one of the presenters at the SpLD Central conference "Dyslexia, Literacy and Achievement" on June 20th, with Neil Mackay. (Bookings can be taken until 1.00 pm on 19th June).