11.4 Highly Effective Intervention for Reading Difficulties

Learning Intentions

After viewing this module session participants will be able to: 

  • Describe the three key elements found in the most highly successful word-level reading intervention studies
  • Explain why these key elements promote maximum success


Watch the session below. 

*Please see the Transcripts resource folder located in Module 0 for a text copy of the transcript from this video. 


  • The studies with the most highly effective results yield about a standard deviation of improvement (14-17 standard score point gains) in word identification
  • These gains are maintained over time
  • The studies with the most highly successful outcomes had three key elements: intensive training of phoneme manipulation, phonics instruction, and reading practice
  • These three key elements all dovetail with the word learning theories of Ehri and Share
  • They currently represent “best practice”

Reflect & Connect

Identify the three key elements that lead to the most highly successful outcomes and explain why they are effective.