Is your student / child a boy or a girl? Does it matter? YES it does.

Stacks Image 144
Stacks Image 146

FACT: Boy's visual memory is, on average, one year behind girls.

IF boy's have phonic skills the low visual memory doesn't matter.


IF boys are 'whole word guessers', 30%, on average, will fail and many others will struggle.

One of the 6 main profiles below will likely describe error patterns you will recognise.

To be sure - use the affordable test.
If you can read, you can test.
The program does the rest - and produces a full written report
at the press of a button.

To begin - this is the code.
H = high / L = low / A = average
V = VAS (level of visual memory)
P = Phonic Skill level for age
Number 9 is the age of the learner
9HVLP = a 9 years old with a ~ High VAS / Low Phonics

Browse the profiles for an indicator of what the test reveals. Low VAS coupled with a word guessing approach to teaching may be the sole cause of failure, particularly for boys. This difficulty can be eradicated simply by teaching phonics. The majority of students progress faster with greater accuracy via a Phonics First approach. The 10 yr old slump is avoided.
The pronoun 'he' will be used in place of he/she for ease of reading.

LVLP leads to a sad & avoidable outcome. The Low VAS prevents him from memorising his routine list/s of words. He will be around 9 before he can accomplish such tasks with any accuracy, putting him years behind his classmates. The Low Phonics means he also can't sound and blend words, leaving him with no reliable way of working out what a given word is.
He is a non reader.
See LVHP for the solution.

LVHP VAS is developmental & can't be accelerated. BUT learning Phonic skills does NOT require a high VAS. Therefore this student can & must be taught to sound and blend. Once taught, this student is empowered & given the opportunity to both succeed & excel.

HVLP indicates initial success in a 'word guessing' classroom. BUT on reaching 10 years of age he is likely to show signs of struggle. Word guessing becomes increasingly inaccurate as words grow in length and complexity, e.g.'particular' read as 'peculiar'. NB: He enters high school with gr 4/5 reading ability & severe spelling problems & leaves secondary school little improved.

HVHP This student has it all. Success is assured. Someone directly taught him phonic skills. He is a fully independent reader & speller. His high VAS offers him the added advantage that assists him in processing & remembering the nuances of irregular words.

AVLP indicates all of the same difficulties as an HVLP profile but is even less accurate in his 'word guessing', which lowers his confidence. He is also more likely to confuse similar words such as : invest & infest. With his low phonics, he would also be insensitive to the subtle difference between the sounds v & f . If younger, he is heading for the 10 yr old slump. If older, he is almost, or already in, secondary school & the slump & all that it entails, is already established.

AVHP Phonic skills will ensure his accuracy & independence in both reading & spelling BUT recognition of irregular words will be less accurate than that of the HV student. These are erroneously referred to as 'sight words', implying that some how words become automatic as wholes. He is in a position to benefit from the opportunities secondary school offers.

Automatic detailed reports describe progress in every basic skill and are provided (no charge) as parts of your annual license.
$45 dollars per student per year.
There's no auto renew -
that's your choice.
Test / teach / check progress …
The program does the rest - automatic written reports at the press of a button.
Vas Reading Echo link

Stacks Image 21

Have a Question? Suggestion? or just like to say Hello :)

Use the vasreadingecho contact page.

Follow our TWITTER

Remember a simple change of teaching method may be all that is required.
Find out