Our unique online literacy intervention called 'Decipha Reading' is based on evidence that children with reading problems often struggle with tasks that involve working memory and processing, but have relative strengths in knowledge and facts.
Children become Time Agents and travel through time and space in their password protected online dashboard, learning about different historical periods - for example they find out why pyramids were built, hide in a bomb shelter during the Blitz, escape from dangerous dinosaurs 250 million years ago and go into space with Neil Armstrong. At the same time they follow a very structured synthetic phonics programme which helps them to develop the skills to read and write.
Published research suggests that the best way to learn to read is 'little and often' in regular bursts, so the programme is delivered in 20 minute sessions three times and week at school and once at home by parents/carers. The reading specialist is at hand to answer any problems that arise that can be mentioned in the child's blog.
The Decipha Programme formed part of the 'Include Duchenne' Project which won the 2011 National Lottery Best Education Project. It was run as a research project with the Centre for Child Research University of Swansea.
"As far as Decipha is concerned it has been something of a revelation. Fraser simply did not get reading and writing before Decipha and suddenly it began to make sense to him.
At times he has found it difficult but it has always given him a sense of achievement. He has made a great deal of progress and this has been recognised at school and they have been very supportive. Fraser can now make a decent attempt at reading almost anything. We had wondered if he would ever be able to read so this is amazing. It will certainly enrich his life."
Julia Carr, mother of Fraser aged 10 years diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Autism. Whickham, Gateshead.