Summer holiday groups at Spelfabet

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Bookings are now open for our intensive explicit, systematic synthetic phonics therapy groups in the week of 15-19 January 2024.

These are for young children (in school Years F-2 in 2023) who need extra help with learning to read and spell words by sounding them out.

Each group will run for an hour a day, and include plenty of games and fun. We will provide daily homework to complete and bring to the next session.

The groups will be:

TimeSkill levelExample words targeted
8.45am to 9.45amBeginners: VC and CVC words.at, in, hop, bus, red, fan, big
10.15am-11.15amAdding common suffixes to base words, doubling final consonants as needed. Introducing three “long” vowels with consonant-e/split/silent final e spellings, and when to drop final e before adding a suffix.
NB if you have a Year 3-4 child who needs this level of work, we may run a second group for them at 11.45am.
bat-batting, swim-swimmer, hop-hopped, run-runny, shade-shady, time, timer, hope, hoping
11.45am to 12.45pmAdjacent consonants: CVCC, CCVC, CCVCC, CCCVC, CVCCC.help, list, trap, stop, crust, strip, jumps
2.00pm to 3.00pmConsonant digraphs.wish, chat, fetch, this, when, quick, sing

We will provide all the necessary resources, including specialist take-home readers. We have a maximum of four children per speech pathologist in our groups, to keep the pace/intensity high. We match children carefully and ask that everyone comes prepared to attend all sessions and do all the homework.

Our groups will be held at our North Fitzroy office in Melbourne’s inner north, with attendance by appointment only. Spaces are limited, and upfront payment for all group sessions is required to secure a child’s place.  The cost of a week’s program is $720, which covers all sessions, materials and planning time, plus a brief final report with recommendations. Missed sessions are non-refundable. Private health rebates may apply, depending on your level/type of cover, but Medicare only provides rebates for individual therapy sessions.

Children not already known to us need to attend an assessment session with us before joining a group. This allows us to check whether we have a suitable group, and helps us cater for any special needs/interests. If we don’t have a group matching a child’s skills and needs, we can usually suggest other intervention options.

Please contact Tiana Knights on admin@spelfabet.com.au, (03) 8528 0138 or text 0434 902 249 if you’d like to find out more about these groups, or book an assessment for a struggling reader/speller.

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