Phono-Graphix® Reading Therapy
is the name
of this new method of teaching reading.
A new way of learning to read...
Phono-Graphix® can rapidly turn non-readers into readers and poor readers into good readers. With one-on-one instruction in combination with supervised practice between sessions, most students complete the program with grade level or above decoding skills. These results are often achieved in under 20 session hours. Once decoding skills are in place the student can benefit from classroom comprehension instruction.
Here is how the Phono-Graphix® method works:
This how we all read, we just don't realize that we use this method. When faced with words in a foreign language or words we have never seen before, we immediately slow down and adopt this Phono-Graphix® method of reading. In fact, we are automatically decoding whole words into small sound pictures and combining those sounds in our memory. We are trying to produce a word we can recognize.
What is decoding and why is it so important?
The person who reads uses a variety of skills. The two most important skills are recognizing print as words (decoding) and applying meaning to the words (reading comprehension). Many students will not learn to decode text without direct instruction. Phono-Graphix® provides explicit instruction in reading decoding.
Phono-Graphix® has been proven to be effective. With direct instruction and the willingness to learn, even students who have difficulty decoding can acquire word attack skills that will enable them to decode at grade level.
Original research on the Phono-Graphix® method was published by Carmen and Geoff McGuinness of Read America in the 1996 Annals of Dyslexia, a widely recognized publication in the area of reading disorders by the International Dyslexia Association. Visit Read America at their web site: http://www.readamerica.net
Key Components of Phono-Graphix®...
How Does the Program Work?
Students work one-on-one with a Phono-Graphix® therapist. Each student is pre-tested and post-tested to assess progress.
A parent or mentor is encouraged to attend a session to supervise practice between visits.
"We have been very pleased with the marked improvement in our autistic daughter's reading ability. The Phono-Graphix method Mrs. Whelchel uses has been very effective. She makes our daughter feel very comfortable during the session."
"Mrs. Whelchel's used Phono-Graphix® with our son resulting in an increase in his reading skills. He not only reached grade level but beyond."
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy R Nolan
"We cannot thank you enough for all you have done for our son. He is so confident today and is not afraid to tackle tasks which might be more challenging."