Educational Psychology Toolbox

Teachers, parents, EPs  (and anyone else) are welcome to use these resources.

Please send in your resource ideas for posting here  (eptoolboxperson@gmail.com)

Scroll down the page. to  find  these topics.                                                  

Paired Reading      Precision Teaching    Reversals     Smooth Phonics    Dyslexia    KidsSkills 

PAIRED READING accelerates reading progress

This is probably the most cost-effective way of getting acceleration in reading progress.
You train the parents or volunteers. They do the intervention.  Ask your EP for help in running a training meeting for helpers and children together.  See the research evidence in the leaflet. Print the leaflet to give to helpers.             

Leaflet:  How to do Paired Reading  Handout in big print: four A4 pages.

                                                   Reduce on a photocopier to create an A5  folding leaflet

VIDEO: How to do Paired Reading    improvised at EPTB.

PRECISION TEACHING retention through fluency
Yippee,  I've  got to  fluency  three days running!

Use this technique when a child is not retaining basic learning despite  your usual group interventions.  It requires about 5 minutes  a day one-to-one.  The page has a brief summary  instruction sheets, recording chart and sample worksheets (probes)  (Click on the heading)

REVERSALS:   when children read or write letters  back to front.
Using directional pictograms related to reading direction
Using precision teaching to practise discrimination of correct/mirrored.  There are ready-made probes here!                   

EP toolbox page on helping with Reversals


SMOOTH PHONICS   sounding out without the gaps  

VIDEO: teaching smooth phonics    from EP toolbox. 

Smooth phonics page:    explains, and sets out steps for smooth blending 
EPTB  recommends using continuous blending (mmaann) rather than sounding out with gaps (m / a / n).  Research evidence backs this up. Some children can't cope with gappy phonics.

DYSLEXIA: definitions, concepts  and policy 

Famous dyslexics

Click here to go to the dyslexia page  

KIDS SKILLS for emotional, social and other skills

Kids Skills is  a wonderful way to involve children in their own change... ideal for emotional, social and behaviour skills, but also for independence skills, concentration, task-completion etc etc. By Ben Furman  from Finland. If it seems too complicated, adapt it to suit your child.  I suggest you look at ordinary Kids Skills first,  leave  Online, and "Bam" till later.

Kids Skills in a nutshell:     << Look here first... Then>>  Kids Skills: full  details

Kids skills on one page.   This is my one-page summary. Go to Ben Furman’s fun website, and send off for his colourful posters and/or workbooks. Ask me to show you samples.    
VIDEO: Kids Skills online:   On this video Ben Furman demonstrates the online version of the programme.   Looks good, but  maybe it's easier to start with  the books and posters )






Thanks for using EP Toolbox, compiled by an Educational Psychologist during non-employed parts of the week.   None of this has any backing from any Local Authority or any professional association, unless otherwise mentioned in the text.

I'd be interested to hear how any of these ideas worked for you, and I'd love to receive your ideas to put on the website.

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