FREQUENTLY
ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Frequently
Asked Questions

Your child’s teacher may have let you know that they have concerns about your child’s reading or writing. You may also have noticed slow or robotic reading, low comprehension about what they are reading, poor spelling, issues around letter formation or pencil grip, confusion around the order of letters in a word, and written tasks taking a long time. You may also notice that your child dislikes or avoids reading and or writing.

 

These are some of the indicators that extra support could be beneficial for your child and the research shows that the earlier you seek this intervention, the better the outcome.

 

We encourage you to contact us to discuss any concerns you may have and to find out whether intervention support might be beneficial for your child.

A strong body of peer-reviewed research shows that this multisensory structured literacy approach supports all learners, especially those who have a neuro-diversity such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, processing delays etc.

 

We are excited that our own Ministry of Education has recently indicated that this is the approach literacy education in New Zealand will take moving forward.

Any learner who needs extra support in literacy can use our services without a referral or diagnosis.

We have many years of teaching experience and may recognise dyslexic tendencies but as we are not educational psychologists, we are not a position to make any formal diagnosis.

A typical 45 minute lesson will cover;

  • Revision
  • Explicit teaching of appropriate content
  • Decoding (reading)
  • Encoding (spelling)
  • Dictation (writing to put into practice what is being learned)
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Multisensory learning activities

 

The content and pace is delivered in such a way that the learner will experience success every lesson.

The diagnostic assessments we use evaluates your child’s current phonological awareness as well as their current knowledge of decoding and encoding capability. 

 

This assessment session will provide us with information that highlights where your child currently is on their literacy path, what intervention supports are necessary and where we begin in supporting them to ‘cross the bridge’ to experience the literacy success they deserve.

 

Whilst we have experience supporting learners with specific neuro-diversities such as dyslexia and dyspraxia, our comprehensive literacy assessment will not provide any diagnoses.

 

Please allow up to 90 minutes for the assessment. 

We are excited to have an office in both Auckland and Tauranga and offer our 1-to-1 structured literacy tutoring sessions from these locations. We invite you to use our contact form to check availability for each office.
There are various ways that you can support your child at home and we encourage you to do this. If you book your child in for structured literacy tutoring with us we can show you ways to work with your child at home to consolidate what they are learning during their lessons with us.

We recognise that all learners come to us at different stages of their journey and we design and pace our programme accordingly. For our neuro-diverse learners, such as those with dyslexia, dysgraphia or a processing condition that impacts executive function and working memory, learning may take longer and more exposure to learning is needed for mastery.

 

Following our initial assessment we can recommend the number of sessions per week that may be appropriate. Depending on the stage your child is at when they start at The Literacy Bridge, evidence suggests intervention progress can take up to 2 years. Your child will need to attend a minimum of one session per week.

To help support our learners’ cognitive load and overall retention, we usually keep our multisensory structured literacy tutoring sessions to 45 minutes due to the intensity of the learning. However, this can be discussed depending on the needs of your child and whānau. Research around the Science of Learning highlights the importance of being mindful of a learner’s cognitive load.

Use our ‘Contact Us’ page to get in touch via our form.

We will be in contact to give you more information and to make time to book an initial assessment if you choose to join us to support your child to cross ‘The Literacy Bridge’.