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How to make reading unfamiliar words easier.

When children start learning to read they are taught to sound out the letters and then blend all the sounds together. Often children with Dyslexia find this harder as blending a lot of sounds requires a good short-term auditory memory. You can reduce the memory load by breaking a word into 'onset' and 'rime'. For example, the word 'plane' has the onset 'pl' and the rime 'ane', this then only requires you to keep two units of sound in the short-term memory. Here I have written various 'onsets' and 'rimes' on some old game blocks. The student and I built the tower reading the words as we went. The challenge is to see how high you can get before it falls down!




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