DORA Phonemic Awareness - For Parents
By the time children are between three and four years old, they have learned most of the approximately 40 phonemes (discrete sounds in words) which comprise the English language. The ability to hear and manipulate these discrete sounds in spoken words is referred to as "phonemic awareness." Children who have good phonemic awareness can often recognize/decode words and spell/write better than others.*
DORA Phonemic Awareness is available for a thorough assessment of oral phonemic awareness skills.
- Measures nine phonemic awareness skills
- Uses only auditory processing skills during the assessment
- Interactive technology keeps students motivated and engaged during the assessment
- Adaptive logic reduces student frustration by making decisions based on real-time monitoring of student responses
Specific phonemic awareness categories tested include: 1) addition, 2) deletion, 3) substitution, 4) identification, 5) categorization, 6) blending, 7) segmenting, 8) isolation, and 9) rhyming. (These are auditory tasks on which the student is assessed.)
Fast, Powerful Results
DORA Phonemic Awareness’s web-based platform allows for ease of use, leading to dramatic reading score improvement and time and cost savings. Individual student reports are instantly available for parents to download, view, or print.
These reports may be used to:
- Guide home phonemic awareness/auditory processing instruction
- Provide a list of auditory tasks that students can and cannot perform
- Generate valid and reliable diagnostic reports to share with teachers or specialists
- Deliver accurate measures of student progress with multiple assessments over time
* Some research has indicated that phonemic awareness is one of the best predictors of reading success. Others further argue that phonemic awareness is both the prerequisite and consequence of learning to read.