I am an educational psychologist who specialises in working with children with learning and reading difficulties. As part of this work, I have been developing a reading fluency programme based on a series of ebooks. There are eighty ebooks and supporting activity books completed so far, of which there are twenty in the primary series. The titles of the these are listed in the widgets sidebar on the left of this screen.

About the Ebooks

The ebooks have been written based on a theory of structured phonics which uses a seven vowel system for word analysis, and are used with a new form of oral impress procedure based on paired reading. This is simple to implement. It differs from the types of paired reading procedures documented in the literature, as it involves additional repetition to develop phonic associations and also builds in visual tracking. The aim is to develop automaticity in reading. This is done by providing repetition both through the text of the ebooks, as well as through the procedures used to work with children. Tutorial letters are provided for parents, and manuals for therapists and teachers. There are also evaluation procedures to establish a child’s needs as well as to establish whether the programme is effective.

Access to the Ebooks

The increasing costs of educational material are a major impediment to getting children with reading difficulties right. Our aim is to provide access to a data base of low cost materials which are effective. As the materials are in electronic form, they are being accessed by parents, teachers and therapists both locally and internationally. There is an expanding network of people involved, and our experience suggests that the materials can be used in schools and in homes, as well as at distance. The ebooks, activity books and supporting tutorial letters and manuals are provided by email, and are currently being used by the parents, teachers and therapists of an increasing number of children with reading difficulty both locally as well as in a number of other countries.

Results

The programme is based on neurolinguistic theory, and the results from assessments and parent evaluations have been very promising with both primary school age children as well as with adolescents. As a result a number of therapists and teachers are using the ebooks and other materials in our data base both to work with individual children as well as to develop reading centres. If you would like access to the reading fluency programme and supporting materials , email me at pottercs@gmail.com  so I can put you in touch with others who are using the programme, and work out what you need.

If you would like to read more about the reading fluency programme, you can access a chapter about the programme’s theory, its development and its initial results by clicking on the following link

http://www.intechopen.com/articles/show/title/using-phonically-based-e-books-to-develop-reading-fluency

The chapter was published in 2015 and reports results up the end of 2014. Since then there have been additional results as the programme has expanded, indicating its effectiveness. The chapter is published open-source, and can be downloaded free of charge. For more recent results, you are welcome to email me at pottercs@gmail.com