Dyslexia action have recently spoken out on the benefits the synthetic phonics approach for dyslexic sufferers.
Dyslexia Action’s Head of Research, Development and Policy Dr John Rack says;
“Many pupils who are at risk for of dyslexia will progress well with a structured phonics programme but would flounder if left to learn more holistically. There are some children who need to be taught letter-sound links and blending skills in a different way, for example: focussing on larger print-units or using a multisensory approach to improve learning and retention. A small number of children with the most severe difficulties may never crack the ‘decoding code’ and alternative strategies such as focusing on units of meaning and compensatory tools like text to speech software are needed.”
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