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Research shows that instructions focusing on improving phonics skills helps to provide a strong foundation for early reading achievement. The following references support targeting this skill in your therapy or classroom setting.
Ehri, L. C. (2003). Systematic phonics instruction: Findings of the national reading panel. Paper presented at the invitational seminar organized by the Standards and Effectiveness Unit, Department for Education and Skills, British Government, London, England.
Building a powerful reading program: From research to practice. Institute for Education Reform (1996). Retrieved October 11, 2006 from http://www.csus.edu/ier/reading.html.
Rayner, K., Foorman, B. R., Perfetti, C. A., Pesetsky, D., & Seidenberg, M. S. (2001). How psychological science informs the teaching of reading. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 2, 2.
Teaching children to read: An evidence-based assessment of the scientific research literature on reading and its implications for reading instruction. (2000) Retrieved September 28, 2006 from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Report of the National Reading Panel. http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/nrp/upload/smallbook_pdf.pdf.
Torgerson, C. J., Brooks, G., & Hall, J. (2006). A systematic review of the research literature on the use of phonics in the teaching of reading and spelling. The University of Sheffield. Retrieved October 10, 2006 from http://www.education.gov.uk/publications/RSG/publicationDetail/Page1/RB711.