Phonemic Awareness

  • Auditory processing for phonemes (sounds in words) and phonemic awareness both mean the same thing.
  • Auditory processing is the best reading readiness predictor. This has been documented in several independent studies.
  • Auditory processing is the ability to judge sounds and their order in words.
  • Symptoms of poor auditory processing are reading "spot" for "stop" or "invention" for "infection", or spelling "girp" for "grip" or "rementer" for "remember".
  • In words as simple as "cat" the sounds all bunch together and the student can't tell where the "k" sound starts and stops or even know that there is an "a" sound in the middle of the word.
  • Auditory processing is considered significantly present or well-developed when a person (from Kindergarten to adult) can score accurately on tests that measure detailed processing of sounds.
  • Without auditory processing a person can memorize words to read and spell, but this is a very difficult task with limited success. The person has no way to monitor whether they read the word correctly or not.

  • During 1 on 1 intervention at Strategic Education the auditory processing is being developed and then applied to reading.
  • After auditory processing has been developed the student is then able to break our "coding" system and increase their level of reading ability.

Our programs develop this phonemic awareness and enable the student to become an efficient and independent reader. Reading finally becomes fun.

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