During school holidays, we run intensive explicit, systematic synthetic phonics therapy groups for children in their first three years of schooling who need extra help with learning to read and spell words.

Each group runs for a week, one hour per day, with daily homework activities. We provide all the necessary resources, including specialist readers. Children are carefully matched, and there is a ratio of no more than four children per Speech Pathologist, which allows for a high-intensity group session.

The groups run at a fast pace with a mix of activities, and include plenty of games and fun. All groups are held at our North Fitzroy office, with attendance by appointment only. Spaces are limited. Upfront payment for all group sessions by Monday 24 June is required to secure a child’s place for the winter 2024 groups.  The cost of the week’s program covers all sessions, materials and planning time, plus a brief final report with recommendations. Missed sessions are non-refundable.

Children not already known to us need to attend an assessment session before joining a group. This allows us to check that group attendance would suit them, ensures we place them in the right group, and helps us cater for special needs/interests. If we don’t have a group matching a child’s skills and needs, we can usually suggest other intervention options.

In the July 2024 school holidays, our intensive therapy groups will be:

WeekSkill levelExample words targeted
Mon 8th to Friday 12th JulyBeginners: VC and CVC wordsat, in, hop, bus, red, fan, big
Mon 8th to Friday 12th JulyAdjacent consonants: CVCC, CCVC, CCVCC, CCCVC, CVCCChelp, list, trap, stop, crust, strip, jumps
Mon 8th to Friday 12th JulyConsonant digraphswish, chat, fetch, this, when, quick, sing
Mon 8th to Friday 12th July“long” vowels and a few suffixesshade-shady, athlete, athletic, time, timer, hope, hoping, cute, cutest

Please contact Tiana on admin@spelfabet.com.au or (03) 8528 0138 or text 0434 902 249 if you’d like to find out more about these groups, or book an assessment session for a struggling reader/speller in their first three years of schooling, to see if one of these groups would suit them.