Many children who have difficulties in reading are slow and/or inaccurate at the rapid identification of letters, sounds that words make, and words themselves. Our Skill Builder interventions are designed to make readers fast and accurate at identifying letters, letter sounds, and words. When these skills become automatic, comprehension improves and reading is much easier. Problem readers who develop automatic reading skills often discover that they enjoy reading. Our intervention software does not use phonics based procedures and has proven to be effective with children who have not made good progress using phonics procedures.
The Skill Builder Designer allows one to create their own exercises with custom wordlists to meet specific needs. For example schools often have wordlists that every child of a particular grade should be able to sight recognize and spell. Another example would be a situation where a student is preparing for a vocational exam and needs to master a very specific vocabulary set.
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Features of our Skill Builders
- Our expertly designed skill builder sets improve reading skills. Instantly available reports track progress over time.
- Mouse clicks instantly provide dictionary definitions of Skill Builder words
- Strengthen reading skills for ESL readers. Custom skill builders can be used to promote foreign language acquisition.
- Any Skill Builder Wordlist may be used as a sight vocabulary or spelling exercise.
- Custom design capabilities allow users to develop materials tailored to individual readers
What Automatic Reading Skills Do Our Skill Builders Develop?
- Letter and syllable recognition, word families and words
- Content area words in areas like social studies, science, mathematics, for Middle, JR. High and High School
- High level words for study of SAT and ACT exams
- Instantly see reading improvements and a history of progress.
- Performance reports can be printed and become part of an academic record.
- The software signals when mastery of a practice set has been achieved, and the computer suggests moving to the next practice set.
- See a graph of the speed and accuracy in each practice sessions, and a description to the student’s progress.
Notice aspects from the reports:
- Line colors represent performance on sets of 240 words at the same grade level. Notice that the accuracy of performance in the first practice session on a new set of never practiced words is better than accuracy performance on the first practice session with the previous set of words.
- Notice the speed of performance in the first practice session on a new set of never practiced words is better than the speed of performance on the first practice session with the previous set of words.
- Practice on one set of words transfers in a positive way to working with a new set of words.The student is becoming a better reader of unpracticed material.