QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

WHAT IS MULTISENSORY LEARNING AND WHY DOES IT HELP CHILDREN LEARN BETTER?

We use multisensory learning to teach literacy skills.
The simultaneous stimulation of two or more of the sensory receptors is termed multisensory learning. Visual 
( I see), auditory ( I hear) and kinaesthetic (Touch/movement) information converges in the brain to be integrated This integration play an important role in the learning of new skills.
Children are encouraged to say the sound as they trace the letters and write the letters as they build a word, while saying the sounds. 
We use multisensory tools such as tracing in sand, forming letters with playdough and using gel and sandpaper letters to help build more permanent and lasting neural pathways that connect speech to print and print to speech.

WHICH STYLE OF HANDWRITING DO WE TEACH?

We use Victorian cursive font for our letter tiles as our tiles are used in speech to print activities and children need to recognize and learn to write the font they use at schools. We use lower case as this represents the majority of letters used in reading and spelling.

WHY DO YOU START WITH TEACHING THE LETTER S IF THE ALPHABET STARTS WITH A?

In early literacy we focus on VC and CVC one syllable words which are closed syllable words where the vowel represents its sound and not its name (also known as short vowel sounds).

We start by teaching SATPIN which lets us create lots of small CVC words that hildren can then read and spell. For example: sat, tap, pin, nap, nip, pat.

See our letter/sound sequence below.

s, a, t, p

i, n, m, d

g, o, c, k

ck, e, u, r

h, b, f, l, ll, ss

ch, th, wh, tch, ng

HOW MANY CHILDREN ARE IN A CLASS AND HOW LONG DO THE SESSIONS GO FOR?

Our classes have a maximum of 7 children. This way we ensure that every child gets the attention they need and can be assisted if they require help.
Classes run for 50 minutes each and bookings are made for the full term.
The classes are designed to build on the content learned in the previous class and therefore it is beneficial for the students to attend all classes in a term.

WHAT IS PHONEMIC AWARENESS AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR LITERACY?

Phonological awareness and phonemic awareness skills are critical for reading ability. We use the Heggerty Kindergarten  Program and David Kilpatrick’s one minute exercises.


Phonics through explicit instruction to build strong letter sound links using Letterland mnemonics, speech to print activities and print to speech activities


Developing print awareness


Developing  fine motor skills necessary for handwriting by using multisensory activities such as tracing, cutting, using playdough and colouring in


Building vocabulary and reading comprehension using read out louds with engaging fiction and non-fiction books.


Increased confidence in small group settings and practise in turn-taking and listening


The aim is to have fun and learn to read at the same time. We use songs, games, crafts and stories to keep your child engaged and develop a positive association with literacy and reading.

WHERE DO YOU OFFER YOUR CLASSES?

The sessions are held at the rooms of The Voice Within Speech Therapy Clinic in Caulfield South (510 Kooyong Road).

HOW DO I GET YOU TO VISIT OUR KINDERGARTEN/CHILDCARE CENTRE FOR A PD?

We offer free PD sessions for kindergarten and childcare staff. These are short PD's designed to give you and your staff an introduction to synthetic phonics, phonemic awareness, and how you can implement early literacy into daily activities. Contact us if you like us to visit you, we would love to pop in for a chat.

WHICH TEACHING APPROACHES DO WE USE?

We put a lot of emphasis on evidence based teaching. All our resources and teaching approaches are based on evidence based programs.
We believe that when teaching nothing should be left up to chance and that the science of reading should be applied in all schools around Australia to benefit all children.
Both of our therapists are trained in multiple evidence based programs and we use this knowledge to teach our students the way they will learn best.
We use Heggerty, which is a program designed to teach phonemic and phonological awareness starting at preschool age. 
We teach letter sounds, shapes and spelling patterns with the Letterland characters, an evidence based program from the UK.