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Phonemic Awareness

Phonemes, the smallest units making up spoken language, combine to form syllables and words. Phonemic awareness refers to the student’s ability to focus on and manipulate these phonemes in spoken syllables and words. According to the National Reading Panel, teaching phonemic awareness to children significantly improves their reading more than instruction that lacks any attention to phonemic awareness.


Phonics is the relationship between the letters (or letter combinations) in written language and the individual sounds in spoken language. Phonics instruction teaches students how to use these relationships to read and spell words. The National Reading Panel indicated that systematic phonics instruction enhances children’s success in learning to read, and it is significantly more effective than instruction that teaches little or no phonics.


Fluent readers are able to read orally with appropriate speed, accuracy, and proper expression. Fluency is the ability to read as well as we speak and to make sense of the text without having to stop and decode each word. The National Reading Panel’s research findings concluded that guided oral reading and repeated oral reading had a significant and positive impact on word recognition, reading fluency, and comprehension in students of all ages.


The National Reading Panel Report did not include spelling as one of the essential components of reading. The report implied that phonemic awareness and phonics instruction had a positive effect on spelling in the primary grades and that spelling continues to develop in response to appropriate reading instruction. However, more recent research challenges at least part of the National Reading Panel’s assumption. A group of researchers found that, although students’ growth in passage comprehension remained close to average from first through fourth grade, their spelling scores dropped dramatically by third grade and continued to decline in fourth grade (Mehta et al., 2005).  Progress in reading does not necessarily result in progress in spelling.  Spelling instruction is needed to develop students’ spelling skills.


Vocabulary development is closely connected to comprehension. The larger the reader’s vocabulary (either oral or print), the easier it is to make sense of the text.  According to the National Reading Panel, vocabulary can be learned incidentally through storybook reading or listening to others, and vocabulary should be taught both directly and indirectly. Students should be actively engaged in instruction that includes learning words before reading, repetition and multiple exposures, learning in rich contexts, incidental learning, and use of computer technology.


Comprehension is the complex cognitive process readers use to understand what they have read. Vocabulary development and instruction play a critical role in comprehension. The National Reading Panel determined that young readers develop text comprehension through a variety of techniques, including answering questions (quizzes) and summarization (retelling the story).

Almost 30 years of research and experience has demonstrated that the education of children with disabilities can be made more effective by strengthening the role and responsibility of parents and ensuring that families of children have meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children at school and at home (see section 601©(5)(B) of IDEA). Advocates can be an essential key in helping to ensure that a child with special needs receives a free appropriate public education (FAPE) and that families of children have meaningful opportunities to participate fully in IEP development. According to Nebraska RULE 51 007.03A6, each IEP team includes at the discretion of the parents or the school district, other individuals who have knowledge or expertise regarding the child, including related services personnel as appropriate.

Dyslexia affects 1 in 5 people and is the most common reading difference. Although dyslexia is a recognized diagnosis in the medical field it remains elusive in public school settings.Dyslexia is a medical term with educational implications. NO medication can correct dyslexia. To help people who have dyslexia they must be taught using an evidence based reading method. Look through our site to learn more!

Our Mission​

To assist children and adults who struggle to read, write, and spell due to poor literacy skills, to provide dyslexia tailored tutoring and screening to those impacted by dyslexia or have the characterstics of dyslexia and to give families of children who receive special education services (learning, emotional, physical, and mental) an “informed voice” and resource in their child’s individual education program.