SPELD SA Literacy Clinic

SPELD SA now has a literacy clinic which provides students struggling to develop appropriate reading (decoding), spelling(encoding) and writing skills with effective, high-quality support using the Sounds~Write program. Clinic sessions are initially attended individually and over time they may be placed in small groups of up to 3 students. The clinic is attended weekly and is closed during school holidays.

When and where is the clinic run?

The literacy clinic is run through the SPELD SA office at 298 Portrush Road Kensington Monday to Thursdays as arranged with the Clinic Nanager.

Who will benefit from the SPELD SA Literacy Clinic?

Students that:
• are falling behind in their literacy development;
• struggle to read accurately and fluently;
• make frequent spelling errors, particularly in written expression;
• display a reluctance to participate in literacy-based activities;
• compensate when reading, by guessing from: pictures; initial letters; or, the ‘look’ of a word;
• have difficulty remembering the relationships between sounds and letters;
• have poor self-esteem, particularly in relation to literacy activities.

What is Sounds~Write?

Sounds-Write is an evidence-based phonics program utilising a highly successful approach to the teaching of reading, spelling and writing. This program offers an instructional method that is structured, cumulative, sequential and explicit which is highly recommended for teaching all children to read and spell. It places emphasis on giving practice that is grounded in physical, concrete experience of the ideas and conceptual understanding the students need to assimilate. Sounds-Write is developmentally appropriate for beginning readers in Pre-Primary, Year 1 and Year 2, and also offers fast and highly effective intervention for children at all levels that have fallen behind in their reading and spelling. For parents who would like to know more about the Sounds~Write program visit https://www.sounds-write.co.uk/

Pre-assessment (45 minutes) $125 (includes membership for 1 year)

Prior to attending the clinic students will have a one off screening assessment to determine placement within the program.

Pre-assessment includes:
• Diagnostic screening of phonemic awareness, blending, segmentation, nonsense word reading skills;
• Initial parent interview and feedback;
• An introduction to phonic readers. What they are and why we use them over levelled readers. Phonic readers will become an important part of the homework set for students attending the clinic.

Reporting and Feedback

Parents are encouraged to discuss their child’s progress on a regular basis at the end of each session.

Session cost

Sounds~Write session: $65 per 45-minute lesson

Enrolment to the clinic

Download form here

Enrolment to the clinic includes an initial pre-assessment. Please call our office to arrange a pre-assessment appointment or download and complete the form and we will be in touch with you. After the assessment your child will attend weekly sessions and may be placed in a group that is working at a similar level. Students may be required to move to a different session as their skills improve.


Homework is designed to consolidate the work done during the Sounds~Write session. This usually involves 10 to 15 minutes’ practice, for example, in reading, phonics or spelling 5 times a week. Tutoring does mean an extra workload on top of the student’s normal school homework and negotiation may be needed with your child’s school to ensure that they are not overloaded.
Students who complete homework will have increased progression within the program.
Some students may benefit from using a SPELD SA face-to-face tutor at the completion of their attendance at the Sounds~Write clinic to focus on other areas of difficulty within the curriculum.

Resources that will help support learning through the program

Wordshark 5 
Nessy apps 
Dandelion Readers. Available for members through our library.
Dandelion Catch-Up Readers. Available for members through our library.
Phonic Readers in your local library
Magnetic Letters and whiteboards. Example Letter Sound Tile Boards,  Spelling CaseDSF Phonic Activity Pack
Decodable card games. Examples - trugs, Talisman, Milo’s Read and Grab


SPELD SA is generously supported by

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SPELD SA would like to acknowledge the support of the Douglas Whiting Trust in the development of this website.

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