Benefits of Read3 for professionals

Read3 is an individualised literacy intervention program. It is suitable for use by speech pathologists, specialist literacy tutors, learning support staff, teachers, teacher aides or any dedicated professional. An overview of the benefits of Read3 for professionals is outlined below.  

Designed with parents in mind to improve fidelity of implementation 

As a professional, you are well aware that struggling readers cannot make genuine gains without regular, targeted practise. This requires ongoing commitment from a parent or caring adult. Teaching children with literacy challenges is tricky, so how do you guarantee the accuracy and quality of instruction at home? Simple. You use a program that was designed specifically for parents. Read3 incorporates evidence-based strategies into a simple 3-step daily program. Our parent-friendly approach uses plain language and includes video lessons, scripted activities and detailed instructions for every game. Whether the practice session is being overseen by a parent, friend, tutor or teacher aide you can be confident regarding fidelity of implementation. Daily monitoring means the session supervisor can flag any gaps in understanding, and you can then supplement learning with individualised instruction as needed. Having a clear record of the child's ongoing performance means you will know when to progress to the next step of the program. 

One integrated program that works systematically to build all 3 foundation skills

A strong phonics program is only part of the equation when it comes to teaching children to read. Reading requires the development of phonemic awareness, letter-sound links, and fluency. There are plenty of programs available that target these core skills individually, but Read3 offers and integrated approach to skill development – 3 skills, one program.

3 core skills

Read3 integrates these three skills in daily practise sessions. Lessons build sequentially and content is integrated across the three core areas. For example, when teaching digraphs children will undertake phonemic awareness (HEAR) exercises to build sound awareness as well as reading and writing (SEE) exercises to consolidate learning and ‘map’ letters to sounds in an integrated way. Fluency will build as skills are automated (AUTO) and monitored daily.  

For children with multiple processing difficulties, this integrated approach helps build understanding more quickly and offers an alternative to the traditional phonics program which can be overwhelming for our most at-risk readers.

Evidence-based approach specifically for struggling children

For children who are struggling to get started with reading, many systematic phonics programs are not effective, despite intensive intervention. Quite simply, some children just need different strategies. The Read3 learning system is designed to give these children the best chance of progressing as it takes pressure off working memory and makes allowances for the impact poor Rapid Automatised Naming (RAN) has on fluency. Recent research findings from Tufts, MIT and Harvard Universities confirmed that these strategies are the best strategies for children with multiple processing difficulties.  

Curated resource list for extra practise

Trawling the internet late at night searching for that perfect activity to supplement your client's learning is no longer required. Based on years of experience, our own internet searching, and feedback from clients we know what works and what children respond well to. We've tailored a list of resources to supplement each step of the program. For example, when learning the Doubling Rule we link to decodable readers, e-books, computer games (lesson-specific guidance) and extra resources so you can supplement practice for improved understanding on a child-by-child basis. 

No training required

Read3 was designed with parents in mind. We offer a systematic approach, use simple language, and provide detailed instructions, videos and scripted lessons to support understanding and delivery. As a result, no training is required. Simply select the appropriate lesson, choose 3 activities - HEAR + SEE + AUTO - and start! The simplicity of the program's format makes it accessible to specialists, teachers, teacher aides and parents. The all-inclusive fee is for the online program and program resources. There are no hidden training costs. 

Reduce the load on learning support teachers

By following one systematic program you can easily transfer a student from one teacher or teacher aide to the next and maintain continuity with progress and daily monitoring. Schools may also choose to make use of parents helpers for daily one-on-one practice, or supervision of small group activities, and our simple user-friendly format makes this possible.  

Support regional clients

Struggling young readers in regional and remote areas have limited access to specialist literacy services. While a trip to the city to see a speech pathologist or specialist literacy tutor during school holidays may be possible, supporting regional clients on a regular basis is difficult. Until now. Read3 was created with parents in mind so you can simply start your client on the Read3 program and then let the parent/carer administer it on a weekly basis. Overseeing progress remotely via Skype or Zoom becomes easier with a structured, systematic program and review of their daily monitoring record sheet will guide you as to when your client is ready to move on to the next step. 

Built-in monitoring to record progress

When it comes to improving literacy, the benefits of ongoing monitoring are well documented. Our 2-minute monitoring tool, completed at the end of each session, provides a systematic record of every child’s progress. This comprehensive data can be useful when reviewing student performance targets and when discussing a child’s progress with parents. Our goal for every child is reading fluency. To achieve this, they must not progress to the next step of the program unless they have mastered current content. 

Supporting parents with at-home learning

Children who are struggling to learn to read will require daily practice and a collaborative approach between professionals and parents/carers is always the best approach. Read3 was designed for parents and offers the reassurance needed to assist with their child’s development in a structured way.

To encourage consistent daily practice at home, Read3 supplies every professional with a unique discount code for clients/students. Parents and carers can then purchase each step of the Read3 program at a reduced rate and gain direct access to all Read3 videos, scripts and resources via their own login. Helping parents understand first-hand what their child is doing and why they are doing it results in improved parental motivation and better learning outcomes for the child. Consistency of message can be achieved between professional and parent which again is best for the child.

Parents should support their child with 20 minutes practise, 5 days a week, including during school holidays. A review of their recorded progress will guide you as to when it’s time for the child to move to the next step.

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