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. Each speech pathologist works with no more than four children in our groups, which is the maximum research suggests for a really high-intensity group session, if children are well-matched, and all attend and do their homework.
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 is required to secure a child’s place. 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 with us 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 January 2024 school holidays, our intensive therapy groups will be:
|Week||Time||Skill level||Example words targeted|
|Mon 15th – Fri 19th January||8.45am to 9.45am||Beginners: VC and CVC words.||at, in, hop, bus, red, fan, big.|
|Mon 15th – Fri 19th January||10.15am-11.15am||“long” vowels and a few suffixes.||shade-shady, athlete, athletic, time, timer, hope, hoping, cute, cutest.|
|Mon 15th – Fri 19th January||11.45am to 12.45pm||Adjacent consonants: CVCC, CCVC, CCVCC, CCCVC, CVCCC.||help, list, trap, stop, crust, strip, jumps.|
|Mon 15th – Fri 19th January||2.00pm to 3.00pm||Consonant digraphs.||wish, chat, fetch, this, when, quick, sing.|
Please contact Tiana on email@example.com 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.