The Spalding Method is one of the most comprehensive and effective method for teaching English. The Spalding Approach aims to increase literacy for all; from preschoolers to adults regardless of their initial literacy abilities. The Spalding Method trains individuals to develop deep thinking and problem solving to become skilled readers, critical listeners, and accomplished writers and spellers.
It is an integrated, multisensory language arts program comprising of three areas: Spelling, Reading and Writing.
The spelling component targets phonemic awareness, systematic phonics, handwriting, reading rules, morphology and high frequency vocabulary. This teaches individuals how to identify sounds and blend them together to form words.
The reading component targets literacy appreciation, oral reading fluency, text structure, reading comprehension and mental actions. This teaches individuals to understand texts, read fluently and enjoy books.
The writing component targets high frequency vocabulary, word usage, grammar, sentence construction and compositions. This teaches individuals how to structure sentences and written pieces in a number of different forms such as narratives, expositions, recounts and procedures.
A Speech Pathologist trained in the Spalding Method will assess all these areas and determine the individuals strengths and weaknesses to provide individualised therapy in the areas which the individual finds challenging. This allows the individual to utilise their strengths and excel at literacy.
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This article was written by our Speech Pathologist Ashleigh Fattah who is a Speech Pathology Australia member. If you have speech pathology related questions, make an appointment. We‘ll provide you with simple and effective therapy targeted to your concerns. Contact us today.