PHONO-GRAPHIX

Phono-Graphix, the reading method developed by Read America was researced by the University of South Florida. It is based upon extensive clinical experience with children and rigorous research in the fields of reading, cognitive psychology, learning theory, child development, motivation theory, and linguisitics. Phono-Graphix has been shown to be 98% effective in helping all readers, regardless of learning disabilities, to bring their word identification and word attack test scores up to grade level in an average of 12 hours of one-on-one training.

Phono-Graphix is so effective because:

It addresses the true phonetic nature of the English code.
The English written language is a truely phonetic code, meaning that each sound in a word is represented by a symbol or sound picture. This is surprising to many people, including teachers, who believe that our written code is chaotic. We can see that our code is completely phonetic, however, once we understand the following:

Some sounds are shown with two or more letters.
Written English uses some sound pictures that are one letter, such as those in the word cat; each letter represents one sound. Other sound pictures are made up of two or more letters, such as the oa in oat and the ou in out.

There is variation in the code.
Most sounds have more than one way in which they can be represented. The sound 's', for instance, can be represented in these ways:
sat city voice house

There is overlap in the code.
The sound pictures are sometimes reused. The same sound picture that spells the sound 'ee' in beach spells the sound 'e' in bread and the sound 'a-e' in steak. New readers must learn to try each possiblility when they encounter unknown words with sound pictures that represent more than one sound.



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