Being able to read and write is critical in so many ways. Strong literacy skills are required to be successful at school, to be able to engage in pleasurable experiences (e.g., reading a book or magazine), as well as ultimately being able to enter into the workforce whereby a degree of literacy is essential.
Establishing the ‘building blocks’ of literacy is critical when looking at a child becoming a successful reader and writer. We offer services that focus on such foundations using a structured, systematic and developmental based approach to phonological awareness. Once children have developed strong foundations in phonological awareness, they then embark on learning to work out what words say (decode) until eventually they are understanding what they are reading (comprehension).
At this clinic we use systematic and research based methods when teaching children the skills of literacy required to be a successful reader and writer. We have access to a range of resources to support a child’s development through this process and we provide resources to parents that can be worked on at home between sessions. Assessment reports include specific and realistic activities that teachers can try in the school environment when working with your child should they need to access additional ideas and methods in relation to your child’s reading and writing.
Francine Meedendorp has received full accreditation in the Sounds-Write synthetics phonics based approach to reading and spelling. Sounds-Write is an evidenced based highly systematic approach to literacy development. It focuses heavily on teaching the child to 'crack the code' when reading and spelling using phonics based knowledge as opposed to whole language approaches that teach by rote and guess work.