Monday, January 21, 2013

We're Going on a T.R.I.P

We are going on a TRIP. We're packing our thinking caps and heading for the reading rainbow. 

Are you confused? Let me explain.
T.R.I.P stands for Targeted Reading Improvement Program. It's a clever reading program created by Walter Waid and Jordan Price with the goal of bringing children over the hump of reading difficulties like ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia and other special needs effecting reading.

I'm trying this program in our homeschool because, of my four children, three are struggling readers.

Child #1 is a fantastic reader who devours books like chocolate and always has her nose buried in a new story. No TRIP for her, she's already chilling on the reading rainbow.

Child #2 has ADHD, OCD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder affecting his focus, comprehension and auditory and vestibular skills. He's a challenge. He struggles to write and avoids reading whenever possible (though I know he is able). Reading just isn't enjoyable for him mainly because it requires so much work and effort. Due to the OCD he is a demanding perfectionist. He expects the best from himself. In cases like reading, where he struggles to master the skill, frustration can turn to aggression very quickly as he internalizes his perceived failures. He REALLY needs this trip.

Child #3 has ADHD. She could read a sentence and forget she read it in a second. I swear I wonder sometimes if she has amnesia. Her memory and recall negatively impact her success in reading and her fluency is stunted. She is very smart, but reading is not her strength. She has the imagination for reading but lack the patience. She needs bite sized reading material and can only seem to read and digest short sentences at a time. She begins to guess at words early on. Maybe it's boredom or laziness. I'm not really sure with her. She also commonly writes words and numbers backwards. I suspect dyslexia.

Child #4 has the brain of Child #1 and will get there, but she is little. Reading is a fairly new skill for her and watching 2 out of the four whine and complain about reading has made her apprehensive. She has a good concept of her letters and phonetic sounds, but doubts herself more than anything. Her writing is pretty neat for her age but isn't always directionally correct. She consistently makes 5's and S's backwards. I'm watching this.

So on our trip . . .

First step: 20 confidence building reading lessons.

These are available on a DVD-Rom that I can download or open via the DVD-Rom drive.  Each lesson contains three parts including:

Word lists, Flashing practice and a Story card.

Second Step: Practice

Third Step: Success

I'm excited about sharing T.R.I.P with my children and I will be recording our Journey with T.R.I.P here. Watch for future posts on our progress and learn how this reading program may be of benefit to your struggling readers.

I am a member of The CWA Review Crew. I received my copy of TRIP free in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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