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Question 7: My child has a learning disability in reading. Can you recommend a reading program for her?
Answer 7: There are a number of research-based reading programs for students who are not naturally acquiring literacy skills (e.g., Direct Instruction, Orton-Gillingham, REWARDS, Benchmark Word Detectives Program). More important than the specific program you choose is that the program provides systematic, explicit instruction in the following: phonemic awareness and phonics, practice in applying these skills in reading and in writing, fluency training, and enriched language experiences (listening to, talking about, and telling stories).
Remember, there is no 'miracle cure' or ‘quick fix’ for reading disabilities. Even a reading program that has all the right elements requires both student and teacher to be persistent and work steadily toward reading proficiency over a sufficient period of time (often several years).