Many of you know I have worked as an educator in various positions for over 15 years. I have worked extensively with children from all types of backgrounds and with all types of learning difficulties. As a mother with little boys who have ASD and dyslexia, I was searching for a multi sensory program which could provide them with the best possible chance to keep up with their peers in aspects of reading and writing. By goodness I think I have found it!
I am not getting paid, nor do I have any close affiliation with SSP, however, I have completed my SSP training program so I can work not only with my own children, but with others who are struggling at school.
As I embarked on starting a Get ready for Prep program with my own little 5 year old, I became hopeful that the support that this program can provide him will be extremely beneficial to his schooling, and life.
I am going to chart his progress, as he has significant struggles with speech and language and I want to give hope to other parents who may be travelling along a similar track.
Today Lachy started his SSP with me. He had forgotten speedy paired decoding, which is where I break the words into speech sounds and he then repeats the word as we read. But, by the end of 10 minutes, he was getting the hang of it again.
He remembered all his little picture cues, and could break them into their speech sounds, however, with some of the speech sounds, he would add another sound like ‘ngh’. When I would correct him, he would say, ‘that’s what I said mummy’, so this additional sound is something I shall ask his Speech Therapist about.
He was unable to determine the picture of ‘a’, ‘n’ or ‘t’ at the start of the session. By the end, he was writing it, and identifying it amongst 6 other picture cards.
He was able to write the words without tracing over lines, he could identify the number of speech sounds, lines and numbers, and he could also identify the speech sounds in his name, and work with me to write his name.
At the end of the session, he was full of smiles, and wanting his photo to be taken to showcase his efforts.
My heart is hopeful, and I am determined to show you how beneficial I believe this program is to struggling children. Today, is the first step in our journey.