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Phonics Success Rate for Children with Learning Disabilities

If students have specific learning disabilities, what on average is the success rate with such students, using a Phonics program?

I have many children in my school who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate learning disabilities, including delayed speech, mild Autism, ADD & ADHD. We work with 384 preschoolers a year, and 99% of them, regardless of disabilities, are beginning to read, or are reading on a first-grade level when they leave preschool. (Keep in mind that we are not a school for disabled children, but a normal preschool environment with a small percentage of students who have learning disabilities.) I can tell you that we have tremendous success with all of our children using the a Phonics program. Most will not need to be modified in anyway if a child’s speech delay is not related to his hearing abilities.

Recent research indicates that structured phonics programs can be very helpful in teaching/re-teaching children reading skills who have been diagnosed with Dyslexia. I teach at the preschool level. Dyslexia is usually diagnosed when a child is a bit older, around age 7-8. Most phonics lessons are designed to be taught at home by parents without any prior teaching training necessary, so it can therefore be easily adapted to any child as is needed. Lessons can be repeated as often as necessary to ensure retention. Best of luck to you.

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