Ok, very interesting, AAK. I read those descriptions of syllable types and have a hard time seeing how useful that would be for a developing reader...but I don't doubt that it would be. It's perhaps something I've NEVER thought of so it's weird to imagine it being helpful. I'm going to go over it with DC and ask her what she thinks.
I agree, at first I thought that it was overkill, but for some reason it seemed to make the words make more sense to dd. She also learned to divide words between double consonants (this helped a lot). In fact, that and the "one vowel sound/syllable" were two key bits for her. The syllable stuff made it easier for me to explain spelling!