Educational Psychology Toolbox

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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

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)

Yippee,  I've  got to  fluency  three days running!

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

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.


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.

Kids Skills Website

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 workbooks.

VIDEO: Kids Skills Ben Furman explains it all.


Thanks for using EP Toolbox, compiled by Jack Humphreys, Educational Psychologist in 2011.

Edited in 2021 to reformat and check links, but without updating content.

Apologies that, with the passage of time, some of the links may become obsolete.

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