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Reading programs for spec. ed?

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I think I'll cross post this at the homeshooling site too, but my son is in kindergarten, and entering first grade next year. He will be in a summer program, 3 hours a week, one hour a day, one-on-one, to keep up what he learned with reading and math this year. He has been diagnosed with ADHD for health insurance reasons, but the doctor says in reality all he knows is that Collin is on the spectrum. He feels on teh lower side and we will make great strides with alternative treatments.
Collin did well with a spec. ed. actually sitting with him in the reg. ed class to help keep him focused. With this assistence he is about average in the class. But the school is worried that next year with the pace picking up, he may get frustrated, so they are giving him a month in the reg. ed class, and then we will meet again, and we will reavaluate a self contained classroom. I know it is expensive for the school to have a spec. ed teacher sit with him, and they would perfer to have him in the self contained classroom, we fought with them at the begining of the year this year.
So I am trying to avoid giving them any reason to do this again, unless absolutely necessary. So my thought is to find some type of phonics program to work with hima couple of hour a week, to just get him moving in the right direction, and get him familiar with it. I am looking for suggestions on programs, books, computer programs, etc, so I can make it fun and enjoyable. Have you used any programs that you think are good?
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I have a few ideas, although not a specific curriculum:

The first is testing his level of phonemic awareness - which letters in particular is he having troubles with the print-sound connection? Does he recognize that "ph" makes a /f/ sound, and etc. There is a very good title with lots of games, songs, and exercises aimed at teachers called The Complete Phonemic Awareness Handbook, grades K-2. I like the PA approach a lot because it emphasizes fun and rhyming, not rote memorization, nor drills and etc. I think it really makes sense and the learning goes quickly, and a lot is based on the personal relationship between child-teacher vs. materials or a "curriculum."

Ensuring that he has good tactile sensations regarding letters, to help differentiate between the shapes. Writing letters in sand/salt, tracing them on cutouts, etc. Using fridge magnets (and I recommend a lower case alphabet, similarly colored, to cut out the visual cues that might be confused; there is one where the vowels are red, consonants are blue, which is particularly useful).

Ensuring that reading is kept playful and fun, with lots of games. There's a book called Games for Reading that's very useful, written by a tutor.

Choosing books that interest him, whatever he's interested in or if you have to take turns reading pages.
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I've heard Reading Reflex frequently recommended. I have no first hand experience, but I did like the look of the program.
I have to agree with Reading Reflux. I have not used it but I have heard people rave about it.
the best program out there specifically designed for the child you described is-

the other things reccomended require more teacher prep time too
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