Around 5% of school children in Sweden have problems learning to read and write on account of difficulties with word decoding.
The training comprised intensive and structured exercises in understanding the alphabetical code. The children practised linking phonemes and graphemes (sounds and letters), phonetic awareness, guided reading aloud and reading in general, which served to strengthen reading fluency and reading speed. However, the strict, research-based programme also incorporated space for creativity, play and curiosity.
“Structured and individual teaching meant that these children made significant progress,” says Wolff. “Reading and writing difficulties often lead to low self-esteem and poor self-confidence, which can make learning to read even more difficult for children. It’s important to take effective action as early as possible to break this vicious circle.”The RAFT study
RAFT is funded by the Swedish Research Council and the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation.For further information, please contact: Ulrika Wolff
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