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Acelin utilizes a multi-sensory approach to help students develop the skills of a strong reader as indicated in the report of the National Reading Panel (2000): phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency & automaticity, vocabulary, and comprehension.

First, we use curricula to develop accurate phonics (sound-symbol associations) and stimulate phonemic awareness so that students can distinguish, identify, and sequence sounds in words. For those students who have difficulty reading accurately, identifying sounds or decoding words, this is a critical first step toward fluency.

Second, we strengthen the visual memory that supports the ability to recognize frequent letter patterns, or “sight words,” and leads to automaticity in reading. Strengthening the brain’s imaging capability produces a quick, reflex-like connection between words and the accompanying sounds. Together with phonics, phonemic awareness, and automaticity, students have the skills to process text and demonstrate text reading fluency.

Finally, we develop students’ concept imagery skills, thereby enabling them to understand what they read—both at the word level (vocabulary) and in connected text (comprehension). The emphasis is placed on understanding the meaning of the words and the text, which depends on the ability to generate mental representations of information from print. With practice, students will have good comprehension skills, as well as a foundation for higher order thinking skills such as making inferences, drawing conclusions, perspective taking, and argumentation.