EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAMS FOR STRUGGLING READERS

by 高莫娜 Mona
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It is said that if a child knows eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are four years old, they are usually among the best readers and spellers in their class by the time they are eight. (credit: Mem fox, Reading magic). 

But not all children are fluent readers, many scuffle with words recognition. There are many reading programs which are designed to aid the grappling students. We also call them “early intervention programs”. The early intervention programs undoubtedly provide the sheer increase in the potency of instruction that low-level readers need to meet grade-level expectations. They help you identify grappling readers from KG to Grades 1-3. The readers are beefed up with lessons that aid in mastering the essential skills through explicit and systematic instructions. They focus on five critical strands including comprehension, phonemic awareness, word recognition and spelling, letter-sound correspondences and fluency. 

The readers which we use have custom-made lesson plans to help the teacher deliver accurate instruction that will in return assist students in the trans disciplinary and fluent use of vocabulary knowledge and comprehension strategies. Its curriculum is normally focused on small-group instructions which is very helpful in making the program a success. The curriculum provides:

  • Apt levels of scaffolding to aid in gaining independence 
  • Exclusive instruction in phonics, with an added emphasis on fluency
  • Carefully designed scope and sequence which highlights all the different phases of reading progress
  • Ample activities for children to learn and apply new skills
  • Throughout assessment so the teacher can keep the progress chart and make desired changes in the instructional plan

It is desirable for teachers to keenly observe their children and figure out their striving kids. They must adopt early intervention programs as soon as they recognize students with certain shortfalls. Many children endure low self-esteem and confidence when they struggle with reading. It is heart wrenching for them to see their fellows acquiring the same skills with ease. Many of these children suffer from dyslexia, a language-based learning disability. Children at risk for significant reading problems can be identified as early as kindergarten. You may read our article “Detecting Early Signs of Dyslexia” to learn more about this disability and its proper handling.

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