- April 30, 2018 at 3:17 PM #47822
Ruth Anna Kuhns@misskuhns
The special education teacher at my school is wondering if anyone out there has experience with Diane Craft’s Right Brain Phonics Program. She is interested in using this program with her Down Syndrome student next year. What are the pros/cons of this program?
- May 30, 2018 at 8:51 PM #48490
I asked a friend of mine who I know has used some Diane Craft products for comments. She said that she has not used the Phonics Program but has used of her exercises and some spelling tools. Although they are not magic cures, she said they did help.
- June 16, 2018 at 8:09 PM #49003
I have watched several Diane Craft videos and have applied some of her methods (as needed) in my teaching but have not worked with her actual materials. It could make sense that the methods would work for Downs children. I am a big proponent of using clues (mnemonics) both visual and audio to help things stick in a child’s mind. I would echo Betty’s comment that they are not magic cures but they can help.
I find Diane Craft’s methods like many other methods out there…it is one way that may work for some students, but not everyone. I am thinking that Downs children often learn more by repetition and memory rather than by understanding how something works, so I can see the DC method working to their advantage.
I don’t know the situation and what your student has already done but if it was me, I’d start by watching one of her videos and then making similar applications to the material we already have and seeing if that makes enough difference to jump in the whole way. However, that may take more time and work than is available.
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