I actually created my own program because at the time I got into this, there wasn't as much available commercially. It seems that each year I change the program a little as I find other ideas that I want to incorporate. I use an assessment by Yvette Zgonc that is available in her book Sounds in Action (Crystal Springs Books). This is a great book and available on Amazon. I really like it because it is comprehensive, yet each area only has 6 items to administer. It is not normed. I use my own professional judgement when choosing at-risk students based on student scores and then by comparing the entire population. I work with the lowest 30% which usually runs about 30-40 students in 5 different groups. At the end of the school year we test all K and 1 students to measure progress and to be able to compare "my" students to those that did not receive direct intervention. The targeted students gained far more than non targeted students in all of the areas, but the non targeted ones were still ahead of the at risk ones in the entire population. (This sounds real confusing! If you don't know what I mean, I'll try to explain it further!) I work with regular ed teachers so that when I pull out a small group, they can work on the same skills with the rest of the class at that time. It's a nice way for them to block in time for teaching phonemic skills as well. I have gone into classes and modeled lessons for the teachers...more in earlier years than now. I've also worked with 1st and 2nd grade classes to continue what was started in K. I am not doing that this year, as my schedule did not permit. This program runs on very limited $$. You may just need some reference materials to get you started. I'm not sure where you are located, but I am presenting my program at the Pennsylvania S/L Convention in Pittsburgh on April 26th. If you are nearby maybe you could attend! I'm happy to continue this dialogue with you as it is something "near and dear to my heart" as I've put lots of sweat labor into developing something that really works for the students. I'll look forward to hearing from you.
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