Reading Success Lab
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   Software FAQ's : Intervention

How young can a child be to benefit from your intervention exercises?

How much time will a practice session take and how often should a person practice with your intervention sets?

I have spent large sums of money trying to solve my child's reading problem without success. Why should I expect your interventions to help when all of the others have failed?

I do not need a microphone for the Skill Builder Exercises; is that correct?

How long should it take for us to see progress with your intervention exercises?

My child is an atrocious speller. Will these exercises help my child's spelling?

Do you have intervention activities for math?

How many words are there in an intervention exercise such as the 3rd Grade Words?

How long should it take for my child to master an intervention exercise?

My child reads OK; would your Skill Builder Interventions be appropriate?

How do I select the appropriate starting level for your Skill Builder Exercises?

Can I customize the materials in the Skill Builder Exercises?

Is it possible to utilize Skill Builder Exercises as vocabulary exercises?

Would you please suggest a way to reward my child for work with your Skill Builder Exercises?

Can my child work alone with these exercises or does someone else need to be present?

How young can a child be to benefit from your intervention exercises?
We have intervention exercises starting with the alphabet so a 4 year old could benefit from our exercises. The next more difficult exercise is our Word Families exercise. This consists of words with common endings [rhyme] such as cat, mat, bat or car, far, jar. After that the word exercises are organized by grade level difficulty starting with 1st grade. We also have math fact Skill Builder exercises.

How much time will a practice session take and how often should a person practice with your intervention sets?
A practice session should take between 10 and 20 minutes. We recommend 1 practice session per day at least 4 times a week. These exercises are meant to be short and focused.

I have spent large sums of money trying to solve my child's reading problem without success. Why should I expect your interventions to help when all of the others have failed?
The reason so many approaches fail is that they stick with the same basic instructional method and merely intensify instruction with it. That instructional method most frequently is phonics. Although most children respond well to phonics instruction, some student simply do not. With such a child, he/she is being instructed at their weakness instead of strength. If a child has had intensive phonics instruction without the desired progress in reading skill it is time to try a different approach. Our Skill Builder Exercises are not phonics-based and emphasize sight recognition through repeated practice. Many children that have struggled in learning to read make very good reading progress using our Skill Builder Exercises.

I do not need a microphone for the Skill Builder Exercises; is that correct?
Indeed NO microphone is used with the Skill Builder Exercises. A microphone is only used for the Assessments.

How long should it take for us to see progress with your intervention exercises?
You should see progress with a child in 1 to 2 weeks. The software will display progress after each practice session.
Sample of a child's progress

My child is an atrocious speller. Will these exercises help my child's spelling?
The repeated practice a person gets with the Skill Builder Exercises indeed improves spelling because the child is developing a mental representation for the words. You can also turn an exercise into a spelling exercise by having you read the words and the child spells the words. With our Designer Module you can create custom lists such as spelling lists.

Do you have intervention activities for math?
We do have Skill Builder Interventions for math facts. These work just like the word activities except the child speaks the answer to presented math facts. There are two math fact Skill Builder Exercises, one for Addition and Subtraction and the other one for Multiplication and Division.

How many words are there in an intervention exercise?
Typically each Skill builder Exercise consists of 3 sets of words, each set consisting of 160 words for a total of 480 words. The 3 sets are of equal difficulty. The student starts with the first set of 160 and practices with them until it is mastered and then proceeds to the second and then third sets. Mastered is determined by a set of specific accuracy and speed criteria being met and the software will inform you when a set has been mastered.

How long should it take for my child to master an intervention exercise?
There is no one answer to this question as it really depends on the child and how conscientious you are in having your child practice at the recommended intensity [once a day at least 4 times per week]. A general range would be from 2 to 8 weeks.

My child reads OK; would your Skill Builder Interventions be appropriate?
Yes. Most children make very good reading progress using our Skill Builder Exercises and adding words to a child's sight vocabulary is always a positive. You can customize the materials presented using our Designer Module to create spelling or vocabulary lists or to master subject matter words and terms even before a class is taken.

How do I select the appropriate starting level for your Skill Builder Exercises?
The most important thing in selecting a starting point is to not start at too difficult a level. It is much better to start off too easy than too hard. It is a much better to say to a child that these materials are too easy and we will skip ahead than the reverse which may provoke an attitude. The general rule of thumb is 1 to 2 grades below the child's actual grade depending on how much the child is struggling. We want the child to have a positive experience from the start. Should you buy materials that turn out to not be appropriate, contact customer service and we will be happy to make an exchange for you. If you perform an assessment of reading skill using our Assessment Module, you will find a recommended starting point in the report that is generated.

Will my child be motivated to work with your Skill Builder Exercises?
Most children are motivated to work with these exercises because most children make rapid progress with these exercises. Most children who have struggled in learning to read have not experienced many successes in this regard. The fact that a child sees his/her improvement, and the software clearly shows the improvement, is probably the best motivational factor. In addition, we do recommend a reward system for your child.

Can I customize the materials in the Skill Builder Exercises?
Yes indeed. Being able to create custom sets of materials with our Designer Module adds great flexibility to our Skill Builder system. Using our Designer software you can create materials that run just like our Skill Builder Exercises but with your own material..

Is it possible to utilize Skill Builder Exercises as vocabulary exercises?
Yes. You would change the way a student responds to the individual items in the exercise. Rather than speaking the word out loud, the student would respond with something that indicates the meaning of the words. For example, if the item were “color” the student might respond by saying “red”.

Would you please suggest a way to reward my child for work with your Skill Builder Exercises?
We do recommend a reward system to encourage practice with the Skill Builder Exercises. There is a right way and a wrong way to provide rewards for practicing academic tasks. The wrong way is to reward a child for engaging in a practice activity, for simply going through the motions in the practice activity. The right way to reward a child is to make the reward contingent on improved performance. That is, the reward is provided if the child's performance on a given occasion is better than it was on a previous occasion. The Skill Builder software clearly shows performance progress.

Can my child work alone with these exercises or does someone else need to be present?
While the student is learning the word or math facts it is important to have someone score responses as we do not want a student practicing incorrect responses. The goal in working with our Skill Builder Exercises is to become proficient in both accuracy and time taken to complete the exercise. Typically the student first addresses the accuracy issue and then works on rapidly identifying the items. Once a student has mastered the set in terms of accuracy the student may practice without a scorer.


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