Saturday, September 16, 2006

Typing and WRTR and auditory work

Instead of trying to filter through the comments and hope the person asking gets the answers :) (especially since I'm at the library because my computer is non-operational at the moment), I decided to respond in a single blog post.

We have All The Right Type (ATRT) as well as a JumpStart Typing program. JumpStart is great for dd (almost 9) and for my ds when he'll be ready to start learning more about typing, but it's much too childish for the 15yo. ATRT is something my dh is allowed to have at home due to school licensing of the product.

WRTR is The Writing Road to Reading. It's a program created by Romalda Spalding, who worked with Samuel Orton who based his work on Maria Montessori's, from what I understand. Orton's focus was on a type of remedial work and Spalding created something general for classrooms as a regular program, but which could also be used remedially. A number of homeschooling parents use it. It's like Montessori in that the student is presented with the written sounds and learns to write them at the same time. It's much more structured and sequential than Montessori, which is why I'm using it remedially for the 12yo.

The 12yo has been identified as having CAPD. In a book I have, Helping Children Overcome Learning Difficulties by Jerome Rosner, he has an assessment area to determine a child's ability to work with sounds. When I first started working with the 12yo, he was at about a mid grade-1 level. We did the program for about a month and he caught up almost entirely (I think end of grade 3 is the highest it assesses as there aren't any further skills developed/necessary for reading and writing in terms of auditory processing). I stopped doing it then various things happened and he stopped reading for a while and now he's regressed and is only at about a beginning grade 2 level in his ability to work with sounds.

Here's an example of the early work: Is the sound 'm' at the beginning of the word 'make'?
Here's the stuff he's working on: Say 'spider'. Now say it again without the 'p'. [Cider] He has difficulty with this and it blocks his ability to read and spell correctly. As this improves, his ability to sound out unfamiliar words and to write down words will improve.



Debbie said...

I took a beginner's course in Writing Road to Reading a couple of years ago. I loved it, and a learned a lot. For instance, I was saying some of the letter sounds incorrectly! Ex. for 'R' I would say "er". And I wasn't saying many of the sounds sharply enough. "buh", "duh", or "wuh". It was very eye opening. I used it with my son (then 6). He has wonderful printing now, but I did find the program a bit boring. I'm introducing some of the concepts with my daughter who is 6 now, but in a different way.

DianeC said...

I get it now...thanks for the explanation Daisy.