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Beyond Reading: Supporting Students with Dyslexia

Marleigh Gilyard Jun 5, 2024 12:14:18 PM

In the first part of our "Beyond Reading" series, we explored the impact of dyslexia on students' academic and personal lives.

Supporting these learners with traditional literacy instruction can be challenging, as these students often struggle with decoding words, spelling, and comprehension. Without the tools they need to light up the brain, dyslexia can lead to frustration and a lack of confidence.

"Our brains don’t start out wired for reading. We’re not born with the ability to read. To learn to read, we have to use parts of the brain that evolved to do other things"

-Dr. Guinevere Eden, PhD

Multisensory Learning with I-VAKT

RoboKind Phonics addresses these challenges with a comprehensive, multisensory approach to phonics instruction: introducing I-VAKT.

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By enhancing VAKT (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile) strategies with Interactive Technology, RK Phonics supports learners with dyslexia in hands-on ways that traditional methods often miss.

  Check out this video to learn more about RoboKind Phonics Learning Kits!

Supporting Students with Dyslexia

Multisensory Strategies to Engage learners 

Similar to the Orton-Gillingham approach, RK Phonics encourages multisensory techniques that engage multiple areas of the brain. This strategy not only helps in reinforcing learning, but also makes learning more interactive and enjoyable. RoboKind Phonics provides additional tools and techniques with our Learning Kits, enhancing overall literacy instruction.
RK Guiding Principles & Internal Values
Direct and Explicit Structured Literacy Instruction
The program breaks down phonics rules and patterns through explicit instruction, enhancing students' decoding and blending skills. By following a systematic, structured literacy approach, we can support learner's progress from simple to more complex tasks. This method is adaptable to various classroom and school settings, making it a versatile and effective solution. 

Repetition for Decoding

The Science of Reading tells us that students need opportunities to have repetition of practice. RoboKind Phonics provides repetition through the lessons to help students develop automaticity with reading sight words. Practice is key to mastery. Within lessons, students are exposed to repetition of practice with the letter and target sound at least 40 times. Research has demonstrated that learners with dyslexia and learning disabilities need 40-200 repetitions.

RoboKind Phonics goes beyond traditional reading instruction to provide a multisensory approach designed to support the needs of learners with dyslexia. Early intervention paired with systematic, evidence-based practices can be key to unlocking the potential of every learner.

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Evaluating a Phonics Program? Download our Science of Reading alignment guide and ensure your program will set your students up for success!  


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