The Dyslexia SpLD Trust has published the fourth edition of “What Works for Pupils with Literacy Difficulties? The Effectiveness of Intervention Schemes” by Greg Brooks.
It provides information on research evidence for successful intervention schemes for children who struggle with reading and writing, i.e. they are not initial and/or preventive schemes.
Look out for the schemes that produced ‘remarkable gains’. There are new sections for interventions at the time of transition from primary to secondary school, and with school age offenders.
Some of the schemes involve technology.
I.C.T. approaches work best when they are precisely targeted.
Implication: The mediation of a skilled adult is essential to ensure technologically driven schemes meet children’s needs. Time needs to be allocated effectively so that the diagnostic tools of programmes can be used for each child appropriately.
Schemes that involve technology.
3.1. A.R.R.O.W. (Aural – Read – Respond – Oral – Write).
3.2. Academy of Reading.
3.3. AcceleRead AcceleWrite.
3.6. Catch Up Literacy. Support materials include Digital Games.
3.25. THRASS (Teaching Handwriting, Reading and Spelling Skills).
3.32. Rapid Plus.
4.5.6. Wordshark 4.