The Word Attack Skills Extension Program is particularly suited to students who have finished the Reading Tutor Program but still need help, as well as older students who have learnt basic decoding skills but are finding it hard to improve their reading to a level where they can access the more academic demands of the curriculum, or who are finding reading laborious, lack fluency and have become de-motivated.
After completing the Word Attack Skills component in the MultiLit Reading Tutor Program many students are able to generalise the strategies they have learnt to all text. However, in some cases students do need further assistance to continue to make progress.
Word Attack Extension follows a set hierarchical sequence of skills, focusing on strategies on how to tackle longer words with confidence. This is a follow-on program from the Word Attack Skills component of the MultiLit Reading Tutor Program but will be of benefit to any older student who is experiencing on-going reading difficulties after mastering basic early reading skills.
The program takes students through the more complex letter combinations, affixes and multi-syllable words. The same format is used as in the Word Attack component of the MultiLit Reading Tutor Program with some additional features.
The longer scripted intervention demonstrates effective strategies for tackling longer, more complex words. There is a strong scripted spelling component to reinforce reading. A small vocabulary component has been included.
Like the Reading Tutor Program, Word Attack Extension needs to be done at least three times a week in conjunction with Reinforced Reading.
Starter Kit Contents
The Word Attack Extension Starter Kit includes the following components:
- Presentation Cards (59 cards that are used throughout the program to build automaticity and fluency)
- Recording Booklet (1 copy. Note: a separate booklet is required for each student undertaking the program. Additional booklets may be purchased separately from MultiLit)
Access to the Basic membership level is automatic with the purchase of the WAS-Ex Program and can be accessed via the MultiLit website.
The program gives access to exclusive members-only content that provides additional support and which will help you get the most out of the program.
They are not available anywhere else on the MultiLit website, nor are they available on the MultiLit TV Channel on YouTube. Available resources include:
- MultiLit Word Attack Skills Placement Test Recording Forms for screening multiple students for placement on WAS-Ex
- Recording forms for Oral Blending
- Segmentation Exercises
- Fluency Sprints
- Word Attack Skills Achievement Certificate
Purchase the Word Attack Skills Extension Program
Information on prices and an order form can be found here, or you can purchase online here.
WAS-Ex PD One-Day Workshop. Although the materials in the WAS-Ex Starter Kit are very comprehensive, training is highly recommended to give the user the extra confidence to get started.