Phonemic Awareness | Reading Intervention Training and Strategy

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Why are phonemic awareness strategies so effective, even when other reading intervention strategies fail our struggling readers? For some students, phonemic awareness is one of the most important pieces of the learning puzzle, yet it can easily be overlooked. If we skip this critical step, students can experience lifelong reading difficulties.

Before we give our struggling readers any phonics lessons, and even before we help them practice letter recognition, we must first help them develop phonemic awareness. Before we can do that, we must clearly understand what phonemic awareness is, what it is not, and how to identify students who need help in this area. This 22-minute training video covers all of that and more.

What You Learn:

  • What phonemic awareness is, and why it’s so important to teach this reading skill explicitly
  • The difference between these terms:
    • Phonemes
    • Phonemic Awareness
    • Phonological Awareness
    • Phonics
  • One very powerful strategy to help struggling readers master phonemic awareness

For anyone unsure if a student needs to work on this, use the strategy as a quick assessment tool as well. It happens to be fun for the kids, so no need to call it an assessment! Then use the same strategy to continue improving reading skills.

Also Included:

  • A demonstration of how best to implement the strategy
  • A bonus pdf to help you begin quickly and easily
  • Helpful links to find further training and resources

Speaking of further training, once students master phonemic awareness, their next step is to master sound-symbol association. Find the free sound-symbol training video here.

Note: To apply the phonemic awareness strategy, you’ll eventually want to gather a minimum of 12 colored blocks (in 6 different colors). Find more details inside the training.

Who Phonemic Awareness Training is For

If you have a struggling reader in K-6 (and beyond), please learn all you can about phonemic awareness.

This video training was originally created for proactive parents ready to improve reading skills at home. Understanding phonemic awareness, however, is critical for anyone who wishes to help struggling readers break free of reading difficulties. That means it’s also ideal for:

  • K-3 teachers who need to understand the first signs of struggle
  • Upper elementary teachers with dyslexic students or others who appear difficult to reach
  • Special educators, speech therapists, occupational therapists, and reading specialists, even if you’ve been at this for a while

To help struggling readers, we must uncover the root of the reading struggle. For some students, phonemic awareness may be the missing piece that makes all the difference.


© 2022 Inner Pieces Gallery. Not for commercial use. Available for personal or single classroom use only. (School libraries, specialist classrooms, single homeschool and teletherapy included as “single classroom.”)

Grades: Not grade specific

Subject Area: SPED, SLP, OT

Resource Type: Video files, Professional Development, Other

Categories: Phonemic Awareness, Auditory Discrimination, Training Video

Video: 10.00

Support doc pages: 5

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