Turnabout in schools
Reading programmes based on phonics and traditional reading practice will not succeed for many pupils until the underlying causes of their learning difficulties are redressed. Learning through phonics requires a capable auditory memory and many primary school pupils and secondary students will not respond effectively to phonics teaching until their ability to remember what they hear is improved.
Recognising and remembering the many common English words that are not spelt phonetically requires an effective visual memory. Pupils with a weak visual memory will struggle to read effectively however much additional support and teaching they receive. Turnabout works on the interface between working and long term memory, facilitating accurate recall of previous learning, helping pupils retain information.
The Turnabout Programme addresses these issues by strengthening auditory and visual memory and other mental characteristics that can hold back learning and in this way it enables the acquisition of literacy skills. Following three months of Turnabout training, schools find that their pupils are able to make good progress in literacy and are able to retain what they have learned. Many pupils with prior learning difficulties have advanced their reading age by one,two and three years. after only three months with this programme.
Turnabout requires three one-to-one twenty minute sessions a week for twelve weeks.