For Down Syndrome, Dyslexia and Darn Near Everyone*
*(Including Gifted Early Readers)
Welcome to Raising Robust Readers!
Raising Robust Readers is a phonics-based reading program specially designed for children with Down syndrome, dyslexia and early readers. This researched-based program aligns with the best practices of the National Reading Panel, the National Right to Read Foundation, the International Dyslexia Association and the National Center for Learning Disabilities. It is multi-sensory and uses Orton-Gillingham principles taught through child-centered play and family-focused activities using all components of literacy.
Our carefully-crafted sequence of instruction and early focus on the significance of the six syllable types are unique among phonics reading programs.
With these proven methods, early strong readers can accelerate their progress while struggling readers can go beyond memorizing and guessing into independent reading. It truly fits all ages at all stages.
There are plenty of phonics reading programs. What differentiates the Raising Robust Readers Program?
- It's easy to learn, and fun to teach.
- We teach parents, teachers and tutors the reading code: 44 sounds and the 72 symbols that represent them; 6 syllable patterns; and 29 clues to cut through the confusion.
- Parents and professionals learn the program the way they will teach the program, using the same songs, gestures and animated videos that engage children in the learning process.
- Children are not tethered to a desk nor worksheets. Instruction, planned and spontaneous, takes place where real- life reading happens: on the go, wherever you go!
Play your way to
Easy for parents to
learn and teach
Research-based, Orton-Gillingham methods
Learn on the go,
wherever you go
Who Benefits From Our Course?
Children--and adults--may be helped by the Raising Robust Readers phonics reading program. If you have an early reader, a loved one with dyslexia, Down syndrome, school-age children, or would like to know how to use our program in the classroom, we have complied specific information for you. Please follow the links below for information on how the program can help you!
Learning to read doesn't have to be a struggle. Find out how our program helps struggling readers.
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Our reading program has been proven to help children and adults with Down syndrome.
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Awards and Accolades
Authors Judy O’Halloran and Marilee Senior received a 2015 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for literacy for “The ABCs of the Sounds We Read: Going Beyond the Alphabet to Discover the Reading Code.”
Raising Robust Readers has been chosen by GiGi's Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers to be used internationally with their literacy programs. Click here to watch an overview of GiGi's Playhouse/Raising Robust Readers phonics program. See it in action!