Reading Therapy

Who can attend reading therapy?

  • Any adult or child who has difficulty learning to read.
  • Any adult or child who has fallen behind in their education for whatever reason.
  • Any person that missed the opportunity to learn to read when they were younger.

What is reading therapy?

  • Reading therapy with Lianne is conducted on a one-to-one basis or in very small groups using the Phono-graphix™ Reading and Spelling method.
  • It gives the learner the individualized attention they need.
  • It is focused on identifying and building on the learner’s specific strengths and weaknesses.
  • It is a carefully planned, individualized intervention strategy designed to build knowledge and develop the skills required to become a confident & fluent reader.
  • It provides a supportive and nurturing environment where the learner experiences success early on.

What is Phono-graphix?

Phono-graphix™ is a straightforward Reading and Spelling method developed by Carmen and Geoffrey Mc Guinness in 1993, at the Read America clinic in Florida. Read for Africa has worked very closely with the developers of Phono-graphix™ researching, modifying and adapting the method to the South African context for over 16 years.

Phono-graphix™ takes the sounds of the English language – and teaches the various sound-pictures (letters) that represent those sounds in careful stages, progressing from easy to complex. It addresses the nature of the written code, the nature of the learner as well as three skills required to access the code.

How do you know if your child needs help?

  • Does not recognize rhyming words
  • Can’t identify words that start with the same sound
  • Makes use of alphabet names and not their sounds
  • Has difficulty matching letters and their sounds
  • Struggles to segment and blend the sounds in words
    • Segment – means to break words up into sounds (spelling)
    • Blend – means to push the sounds together to form a word (reading)
  • Has difficulty manipulating the sounds in words
  • Guesses words based on the first letter
  • Leaves out/skip words
  • Adds words that are not there
  • Confuses letters such as b, d, v, w, f, t, m, u and n
  • Adds sounds to a word
  • Reverses sounds in a word
  • Omits sounds in a word
  • Unable to break words into chunks or syllables
  • Adds/omits endings to a word e.g. ‘games’ becomes ‘game’ and ‘play’ becomes ‘playing’
  • Makes no attempt to self-correct
  • Reads a contraction as if it is two words
  • Struggles to recognize repeated words
  • Constantly rereads words or parts of a sentence
  • Ignores punctuation when reading
  • Resists or avoids reading activities
  • Reads excruciatingly slowly, one word at a time, sounding out each word to the point that all meaning in the sentence is lost
  • Reads words in isolation with inappropriately long pauses between each word
  • Reads two, three and four-letter sounds incorrectly e.g ‘ea’, eigh’, ‘ow’, ‘ough’
  • Reads too fast with no expression
  • Does not understand what they are reading

To explore working with Lianne face-to-face in Parkmore (Sandton, Johannesburg) or ONLINE (nationally), contact her for a consultation to discuss how she can assist you.