Assistive Technology goes hand-in-hand with intervention/remediation. We can’t meet a student’s needs by employing one without the other. High quality multisensory intervention programs are required to ‘go back to basics’ and teach students letter/sound knowledge, develop their phonological processing skills, teach decoding and comprehension strategies, spelling rules, practice dictation and develop their writing ability. Assistive Technology helps the student to keep up in the classroom today, whilst intervention fills in the gaps from yesterday, last term and last year (and often from a few years ago).
Good quality reading and spelling intervention programs are structured, phonic-based and multisensory, allowing for repetition and overlearning. Activities will need to be done many times during the week: one hour a week with a specialist teacher will not be enough to make lasting changes in the brain to allow for reading and spelling success.
Intervention is available Monday to Thursday at the Petrie Office, or by arrangement in Schools.