According to the International Dyslexia Association, 15-20 percent of the population has a language-based learning disability. Of the children with specific learning disabilities receiving special education services, 70-80 percent have deficits in reading. Dyslexia is the most common cause of reading, writing and spelling difficulties.
Children’s Mercy pediatric speech-pathologists developed Rhyming to Reading, a phonological awareness and early literacy program. This research and evidence-based program helps young children struggling to learn early literacy concepts, as well as children who are typically developing, establish a strong foundation for future reading success.
Rhyming to Reading uses a multisensory structured teaching approach and includes activities to teach phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. Activities include games, songs and books to engage children in the learning process.
More than 2000 children have participated in this program and have shown significant progress.