• Katya McCubbing

Developing Phonics, Fluency and Comprehension in Readers with Down syndrome


This talk was originally shown at the Mission Possible cruise in 2014.

Eleanor Stewart, BEd., DSRF Teacher

This workshop builds on topics discussed in Workshop One and is aimed at supporting the reader who has over 100 sight words, knows the letter sounds and is developing phonics skills to learn new words. In addition to strategies, including games and apps for developing phonics skills, we will explore strategies for building reading fluency and reading comprehension at all stages.

Eleanor has worked at the Down Syndrome Research Foundation, Vancouver, Canada since 2008.; she is a BC certified teacher who obtained her education degree at McGill University. Eleanor is the head teacher at the DSRF and leads small group classes for young adult readers, mentors all new teachers in our one to one reading programs for learners age 3 to adult, and is a frequent presenter at workshops for families and educators.

Eleanor is the author and narrator of three online videos developed by the DSRF to support families and educators who work with students with Down syndrome: Successful Strategies for Beginning Readers, Successful Strategies: Memory, Phonological Awareness and Beginning Phonics, and Successful Strategies: Developing Phonics Skills and Reading Fluency. Eleanor's presentation will provide an overview of these methods demonstrated by video footage of DSRF teachers and students. Eleanor will also share favourite iPad apps, websites and books that target specific areas of focus for developing readers of all abilities.

Mission Possible has now been renamed Rosalie's Cruises & Tours

#reading #phonics

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