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Learning to read with PDA
  • I came home from the seminar even more convinced that reading is our priority as it would enable a lot more self-directed learning.

    It really looks as though our son has dyslexia/specific reading/learning disabilities, call it what you will. The learning support team have just been into school (it was agreed that we should treat him as dyslexic until proven otherwise) but I have a horrible feeling that they've just supplied endless worksheets which doesn't sound very PDA friendly.

    It sounds as though many children with PDA do learn to read (not all will have additional difficulties but some will) and I'd be interested to hear about what strategies people have used. He had Jolly Phonics down pat before entering reception just because he liked what he was exposed to through his brother, but phonics only takes you so far and he still appears completely unable to read high frequency words.

    What I have most success with is asking him to find me a particular word. Until the moment he clocks on that I am trying to get him to read, he will do this, with enjoyment. I need to develop my language as 'reading' is too much of a flag to him.

    Would really appreciate hearing what has been useful for other people.
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