Reading Detectives Adult Program

Reading Detectives:

An Adult Literacy Program

-Sponsored by the Delta Kappa Gamma International Education Society for Women, Beta Chapter (Phoenix, AZ)

The TSRH Reading Program was developed for the Literacy Instruction for Texas volunteer program. Dr. Jones was instrumental in bringing it to Arizona to help teenagers and adults who had not been able to succeed through using traditional reading techniques. Research has now found it to be an effective Tier III intervention for schools or adult literacy programs in which an appropriately trained teacher or dyslexia specialist is not available. By using a local coach and through the use of 160 lessons with a reading specialist on DVDs, it effectively broadens the services offered to a variety of students wanting to improve their own literacy skills and to learn skills to help their children. The curriculum follows the National Institute for Literacy (an agency of the federal government)  research findings and incorporates foundational reading concepts and more that are now found in the Common Core Reading Standards.

 The program is multi-sensory designed to teach:

  • Alphabet skills
  • Phonemic awareness
  • Phonics
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension
  • Fluency
  • Handwriting (a skill to link the auditory phonemic awareness & phonics instruction while improving writing)
  • Spelling, and
  • Listening

This approach integrates all Language Arts skills for true application of reading skills instead of teaching skills in isolation and then expecting the learning to bring them together on their own. This program is rated as an Orton Gillingham research approved series designed expressly for remediating the language processing problems of children, teens, adults, and English-as-Second Language learners. As an Orton Gillingham program, it is:

  • Language-based
  • Multi-sensory
  • Structured
  • Sequential
  • Cumulative
  • Cognitive, and
  • Flexible

This program has a linguistic approach and teaches all the rules of the language, helping the learner use their analytic and synthesis parts of the brain when the auditory (sound) and visual (linkages) have been affected by a variety of causes, e.g, brain differences, environmental issues, poor teaching, and speaking another language other than English.