Word Reading: a Face-to-Face Practice Routine

This article for clinicians explains how to provide face-to-face practice that establishes accuracy and fluency at a single word level.

The Lexercise games do not include an oral word reading task because current web-based speech recognition technology is insufficient for accurately judging isolated words. Detecting phonemic differences such as pin - bin and pin - pen in isolated words is easy face-to-face, but web-based technology is not yet quite up to it. So, we encourage the use a brief (1 -3 minute) face-to-face word reading practice routine.


Word grids (rather than word cards, with one word presented at a time) work better in teletherapy because they allow the client to read the words at their own pace rather than a pace imposed by page navigation.  In teletherapy, the Word Reading Procedure is a Station 2 step.  Words are typically presented in a 9 words grid, as illustrated below.

The example below is from Level 9 of Lexercise, where the focus is on consonant blends.  

To allow the clinician to customize therapy for clients of ages and vocabulary levels, there is a choice of grids at each level:

  • conceptually easy (the 1st example below) 
  • conceptually difficult (the 2nd example below).


The client's job is to read the words "right on the first try".  The clinician may want to count the number of words read "right on the first try" in order to gauge progress, with a goal of at least 80%.   Having a goal of "right on the first try" discourages guessing and encourages decoding.

If the client is overwhelmed by a 9-word grid a sheet of paper can be used to cover some of the words.




For practice at home, across a table-top, there is a Word-Reading Fluency Drill  that uses flashcards (one word at a time). When the clinician has assigned this activity the activity will appear on the Guardian Dashboard. (See below.)  Also on the Guardian Dashboard, under Resources, are links to print flashcards needed for this activity.




An article in your Clinician Manual describes and illustrates  10 Instructional Procedures in 7 Stations.  This article includes brief videos (designed for parents) covering the basic intervention procedures, including the Word Reading Procedure.

Here is how to access it:





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