Some students who struggle with specific learning areas will benefit from one to one or small group tutoring. The most effective sort of tutoring to get is direct instruction in structured synthetic phonics.
SPELD doesn’t currently supply tutoring but we do recommend three tutoring options.
1. Find a local tutor through Learning Difficulties Australia’s tutor matching service
2. Join our sister SPELD DSF (Dyslexia SPELD Foundation Western Australia) to access their excellent online tutoring service and enjoy high quality sessions at home. To make it easier for Victorian families we are offering free membership SPELD Vic included with your DSF membership for 12 months. Simply forward your DSF membership details to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will sign you up!
3. Do it yourself, using the free resources provided by our sister SPELD South Australia.
On the SPELD SA site you can find:
- The online training program – Teaching a Child to Read and Write
- Explicit, structured teaching resources including:
- 154 free phonics books
- 108 free worksheets and
- Language cards for early learners
A note on teaching students to read
Reading and spelling are processes that need to be explicitly taught together, through the strong foundation of a structured, systematic and multisensory phonics program. There are a number of programs available for use by tutors, teachers and parents that cater for the literacy learning needs of individuals from pre-school through to adulthood.
These criteria are features of programs most likely to achieve successful outcomes:
- Evidence based (effectiveness supported by independent reviews)
- Explicit and direct instructional methods
- Multi sensory (hearing, seeing, saying and doing)
- Cumulative (builds on what has been learned)
- Sequential (learning targets in small steps)
- Systematic (a planned sequence for instruction which sits within an evidence based conceptual framework)
- Paced to suit each learner
- Cover all areas of instruction (phonemic awareness, phonics, decoding, encoding, fluency, comprehension, spelling)
- Regular review of progress (formative assessment)
SPELD Victoria endorses the LDA position statement on the teaching of reading.