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Kids can still overcome reading difficulties by Grade 3 but earlier intervention is better, new research shows
Assessment and intervention model being used in more than 20 Edmonton schools.
A University of Alberta education researcher who achieved dramatic results with early assessment and intervention to help Grade 1 and 2 students with reading difficulties says there’s still a chance to help these students in Grade 3.
George Georgiou, a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, along with his collaborators Rauno Parrila at Macquarie University and Robert Savage from the University College of London, started working with 290 Grade 1 students from 11 Edmonton public schools in 2015-16.
The group trained undergraduate and graduate students to assess students’ reading abilities and provide appropriate interventions, such as intensive phonics and matching of the newly learned correspondences with words in children’s storybooks, to help them improve their reading.
By doing so, Georgiou and his team reduc...