02 July, 2016

Further Studies – Learning Difficulties Australia

At Spalding Education Australia, part of our mission is to always be looking at new programs or ideas which will enhance student learning. During many years in education, one meets people who are totally passionate about a particular program both positively and negatively.

It is concerning that increasingly you hear judgements about all manner of things which have no basis in fact, sometimes completely influenced by hearsay and opinion. Spalding is a scientific, evidentiary based program and backed up by years of independently verified data from control groups. Spalding knows its program works. It has the longitudinal evidence to support its program. Spalding conducts ongoing studies and data collection to ensure that its program is modified to reflect latest improvements in ideology or methodology. Any modifications however are based on diagnostic evidence, not opinion or trend.

Unlike many others we encourage you to research all other programs. When investigating these potential programs or schools, ask these simple questions about what the program offers:

  1. Is the program sequential, systematic and supported by empirical evidence?
  2. Is it multi-sensory, and does it encourage deeper order thinking and problem solving?
  3. Does it teach phonetic knowledge and how does it address the rules of spelling?
  4. What writing program is used to teach the skills and structure necessary for excellence in writing?
  5. What reading program is used to ensure students appreciate quality literature and comprehend what has been read?

The Spalding program always reflects the latest research and ideas that have been proven over time to be the most effective in delivering positive outcomes in literacy. As a consequence of Spalding’s philosophy of continuous improvement, it is always adapting and modifying training to ensure highest standards of achievement. One needs to ensure that any person who is commenting on the Spalding Method is up to date with current practices and teaching methodologies. Listening to opinions of those who have had no contact with a program for the last 20 or 30 years is the same as attending a doctor who performs an operation using the same methods and tools as they used 20 years ago.

Many, many programs use Spalding research and methodology. Spalding staff attend many conferences, professional development seminars and discussions to find out what is new, what may be better. Increasingly we find we are listening to people who have taken some aspect of the content from Romalda Spalding’s text and reworked or rebranded it in some way so they can market it under their own brand.

When you are choosing a program to study ask yourself:

  1. Does the program cite Romalda Spalding’s “Writing Road to Reading”?
  2. Does the program have any of their OWN empirical evidence to support their claims. Many programs will cite the evidence from Spalding as proving the success of their program, not the program written, researched and developed by Mrs Spalding? Frequently they have no independent data to support their claims for success. Opinion or generalisations from a few students is not evidence.
  3. If you are at school, is there any ongoing, long term, unbiased, independent evidence which supports the claims of success for all students using the program suggested.

Spalding Education Australia provides all of the above. We are confident enough to stand by our program and so encourage you to listen with an open mind to all viewpoints. Every child is different, every little idea may the one that helps unlock a mystery for someone. Properly implemented, The Spalding Program remains one of the most successful program you will encounter.

Posted by
Robyn Grace
Robyn Grace

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