I have recently completed a PGCE SpLD at Manchester Met University exploring using the Hickey teaching method to help all children build their reading and writing skills, particularly those with dyslexia.
Hickey is a multi-sensory phonetic English teaching method which encourages using all possible channels to the brain to reinforce learning, and tailoring the materials you use to each child’s needs and learning style.
With the children in my school we are making particular use of the SOS method (simultaneous oral spelling) – a process by which children learn by reading the word out loud, then naming the letters, then writing the word (naming each letter as they write), and finally reading what they’ve written out loud.
Clicker’s speech feedback enables children to hear words read aloud to them, and will also read their own work back to them which really helps with their writing and spelling.
As a school we have recently purchased the Clicker literacy support tool, and have found that this links up incredibly well to this multisensory, personalised style of teaching and learning. Clicker’s speech feedback enables children to hear words read aloud to them, and will also read their own work back to them which really helps with their writing and spelling. The recording functionality means I can also get the children to practise reading words out loud in a safe environment, and save that alongside their written work as a record of achievement.
When using assistive technology in class, flexibility is key. You can add any content into Clicker, so I am able to really easily create activities focussed purely on the key sounds or letter patterns we have been working on.
I can also create activities based on whatever topic we are covering in class. We were recently looking at the ‘Lazy Ozzie’ story by Michael Coleman; with Clicker I can create really motivating reading and writing activities using the words and pictures from the story, so pupils can access the text and write about it using all the support features Clicker offers. I can even print any resources I have created off and use them for more tactile activities away from the computer.
Clicker is really easy to use for both teachers and pupils, and incredibly versatile. I believe that what I have experienced so far is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what my pupils can achieve with the program – I am very excited to find out how much more I can do with it over the next few months!