Sound Linkage 3rd Edition by Hatcher


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The second edition of this successful teaching package contains a reading and phonological training programme for use with reading–delayed and dyslexic children. It comprises: 54 laminated picture cards, a criterion referenced test of phonological awareness, nine sections of graded phonological awareness exercises, photocopiable record sheets, and an outline of a reading programme within which the phonological awareness training can be used. The second edition includes normative data for the test, and specific examples of letter–sound ′linkage′ activities to supplement the purely phonological training activities and also provides information for teachers that should enable them to grade early reading books (23 levels), in order that children can make the link between sounds and words while reading text with at least 90% accuracy. Since 1994, the materials have been used with a wide range of children and been found to be suitable for use with any reading–delayed child, irrespective of cognitive ability and age. Children enjoy as well as benefit from the activities, and exhibit enhanced self–confidence as a consequence of their progress in learning to read. The materials may also be adapted by class–teachers for normal group teaching, and be used by speech therapists to help improve the phonological skills of young clients.