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Phonics-Based Interventions

Reading instruction is one of the core components of elementary level education programs, and such programs are designed to teach students basic life skills for both academic and professional success. In 2013, the National Center for Education Statistics reported that about 14% of adults have below basic literacy skills, impeding their ability to perform daily tasks that may require reading because of a lack of targeted instructional strategies for literacy skill development. In 2000, the National Reading Panel identified the key approaches to reading using explicit instruction in the “Big Five” areas of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Thus, early reading skills targeting phonological awareness and phonics are key components to literacy instruction for students at risk for reading disabilities. Such ...

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