Research-Based Program “Reading with TLC” Helps At-Risk Students Make Reading Gains

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Reading, Reading Strategies, Special Education by Rachel Wise

Reading with TLC offers research-based, clinically proven methods and materials. The program also provides professional development opportunities for those who teach phonemic awareness, phonics, speech production, and sight word acquisition.

Reading with TLC can be used as an intervention program for students of all ages, including teenagers and adults. It can also be used as the core reading curriculum or as a supplement to the reading curriculum for students in grades k-2.

Reading with TLC uses a multi-sensory approach (i.e., see, hear, touch, do) which benefits students with various learning needs or speech/language delays or impairments. The program is also helpful for English Language Learners.

The methods and materials used in Reading with TLC consistently help students make gains in reading and spelling. The program is also described as fun for others, which helps students stay engaged and focused.

Reading with TLC helps students develop phonemic awareness, phonics, and sight word skills to the level of automaticity, which enhances students’ progress in the higher leveled skill areas of vocabulary, reading fluency and comprehension .

Reading with TLC is made up of two programs, Lively Letters and Sight Words You Can See. Reading with TLC is utilized in all three tiers of the Response to Intervention model of instruction.

According to rtinetwork.org “Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tier (or multi-level) approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. The RTI process begins with high-quality instruction and universal screening of all children in the general education classroom. Struggling learners are provided with interventions at increasing levels of intensity to accelerate their rate of learning. “

Lively Letters simultaneously trains phonemic awareness, speech production, and phonics skills. “This program turns abstract letters and sounds into “lively” characters by embedding letters into colorful pictures that show students what to do with their mouths when making the sounds.”

Music, pictures, hand/body cues, oral kinesthetic cues (how to move your mouth), and mnemonic stories (to aid in memory) are key features of this fun and effective program. Students progress from learning isolated letter sounds with picture cues to reading and spelling multisyllable words.

Lively Letters also has an App – See Below

Sight Words You Can See builds on and uses the strong phonics base developed in Lively Letters, adding humorous stories and mnemonic pictures (to aid in memory), drawn into sight words that don’t follow the regular rules of phonics, such as “what,” “have,” and “the.”

Sight Words You Can See

School systems who use Reading with TLC are reporting tremendous improvements in curriculum-based measures and standardized tests of reading and spelling. When used in the Response to Intervention model of instruction, schools implementing the program have reported a drop in the number of students needing to be referred for intervention or special education services.

The products and techniques of Reading with TLC were established through extensive clinical trials, with hundreds of students, in response to research in the area of reading. Ongoing clinical studies consistently show dramatic gains within short periods of instruction. For more on this research see Reading with TLC – Research.

Thousands have purchased the Lively Letters and Sight Words You Can See programs and have had great success, without any official training in the programs. However, many have found it highly beneficial to attend one of the Reading with TLC seminars, where participants receive direct instruction and hands-on practice.

Reading with TLC offers off-site seminars that are open admission for all who wish to attend. Additionally, the program authors and TLC National Trainers are available to present on-site seminars for school districts or organizations that want to bring TLC trainers to them. Reading with TLC also offers free professional development for groups of 100 or more.

Webinars and online video-based trainings have also recently been added to the formats of professional development workshops offered by Reading with TLC. Continuing education credits (CEU) are awarded for all Reading with TLC presentations, and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) CEUs are offered for most of the seminars hosted by Reading with TLC.

For more on training options see Reading with TLC: Trainings

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