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Words About Reading That You Might Hear at an IEP Meeting

  • Automaticity – fast, effortless recognition
  • Blending – combining individual sounds in a word, or combining syllables to make words (for example: /b/i/b/ is big)
  • Decode – to be able to make out a word by correctly recognizing the different letter sounds in the word
  • Fluency – ability to read a text accurately and quickly, often with expression
  • Multi-syllable – (also called poly syllabic) a word that contains more than one partor syllable (for example: computer, raining, supported)
  • Oral Language Difficulties – poor vocabulary, listening comprehension, or grammatical abilities for one’s age
  • Phonics – ability to use knowledge of individual letter sounds to “sound out” words when reading
  • Phonemic Awareness – ability to hear and manipulate sounds in spoken words (for example: oral producing rhyming words, isolating letter sounds in spoken words and blending sounds)
  • Reading Comprehension – ability to independently read and understand the meaning of sentences, paragraphs or entire texts
  • Sight Word – high-frequency words which make up about 50 percent of the words we read and often cause children problems (for example: I, a, and, am, at, on, me)
  • Syllable – having one word part (for example: tea)
  • Visual Perceptual Abilities – the ability to recognize and visually distinguish between the letters in words

Developed by the Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center, Davidson, NC, 704-892-1321

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