Intensive Reading Program
Presented by Speld Qld Qualified Coaches
About the Learnersaurus program
Learnersaurus is a literacy program with an alternative approach for students who are struggling to acquire basic reading, writing and spelling skills. This program is targeted at students who have not responded to classroom teaching, other targeted interventions and students with Dyslexia. Based on research and principles derived from the Orton and Gillingham approach and Dyslexia Action UK the program incorporates explicit teaching, multi-sensory practice and learning through discovery.
Key areas of focus during the Learnersaurus program are:
• Alphabet knowledge and sequencing
• Developing automaticity in letter/sound recognition
• Letter formation/writing (capital letters and linked-in lowercase handwriting)
Learnersaurus is a flexible 40 week program. If a student is progressing more quickly than expected the program may be accelerated and take less than 40 weeks. If a student is struggling with any concepts or work the program may be slowed down and take more than 40 weeks. It is a time intensive program because regular repetition of concepts is integral to success for students. Students will attend one 50 minute session with their coach per week as well as completing 3-4 (3 minimum, 4 ideally) reinforcement sessions (20-30 minutes per session) per week with a parent at home. One parent must attend the 50 minute session with their child and coach each week in order to learn the routine they will be implementing at home. Students receive their Learnersaurus Literacy Pack during the first session. This pack contains all of the books and resources that will be needed for the duration of the program.
The Learnersaurus program requires an upfront payment at the beginning of the first term for the session fees (10 weeks) as well as the cost of the kit. At the beginning of each following term, payment upfront will only include the session fees for the 10 weeks. Please refer to the table below for a breakdown of the costs involved with each program.
About the Prepasaurus Program
Through the initial assessment process it may be determined that a student does not have the necessary alphabet knowledge and sequencing skills to effectively begin working with the Learnersaurus program. In this instance a student will be started on the Prepasaurus program.
Key areas of focus during the Prepasaurus program:
• Clear and automatic letter writing
• Alphabet sequencing (correct alphabet order)
• Alphabet knowledge (vowels, consonants, capital/lowercase letters)
This is the initial step learners must take in order to successfully begin learning how to read, write and spell. Prepasaurus is preparation for learning literacy. The program can take anywhere from 4 – 12 weeks depending on the outcome of the assessment and rate of progress during the program. Students will attend one 30 minute session with their coach per week as well as completing 3-4 (3 minimum, 4 ideally) reinforcement sessions (15-20 minutes per session) per week with a parent at home. Students receive their Prepasaurus Literacy Pack during the first session. This pack contains all of the books and resources that will be needed for the duration of the program.
The Prepasaurus program requires an upfront payment for the first 4 lessons at the beginning of the term as well as the cost of the kit. At the beginning of each following month, payment upfront will only include the session fees for 4 weeks. Please refer to the table below for a breakdown of the costs involved with each program.
All sessions are conducted at the Speld office in Woolloongabba. Time slots begin at 7:00am and continue until 5:00pm. Following an initial assessment to determine suitability for the program, you will be offered a mutually convenient session time with a licensed Coach.
Catch-up sessions and cancellations
We understand that sometimes a lesson may be missed due to illness. Please inform the Coach as soon as possible (no later than 1 hour prior to your session) if the lesson is not going ahead. Failure to do so will incur a full session fee. If a lesson is missed our Coaches will always endeavour to arrange a catch up session at a convenient time for you.
Register your interest
If you think that either the Prepasaurus or Learnersaurus program may be suitable for your child please register your interest by completing the form below and a member of our team will contact you to arrange an initial assessment.
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