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69 Goodwood Rd
Wayville, SA, 5034

1300 66 99 40

Reading Doctor® Software is being described by educators as a breakthrough in teaching children to read and spell. Our computer software and tablet apps strengthen skills found through research to be crucial in helping students of all ages to improve their literacy skills. Teaching vital reading skills such as phonological & phonemic awareness, letter-sound knowledge, decoding and sight word recognition is easy with our unique, multi-sensory, patent pending teaching platform. Reading Doctor® Software is designed by leading speech-language pathologist and reading development expert Dr. Bartek Rajkowski, PhD. Regardless of whether you are a teacher, a reading specialist, a person learning English or a parent, we sincerely hope our programs become your favourite teaching tool!

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Sight words

Research suggests that in addition to being taught to decode, students should be explicitly taught to recognise common words, especially those with irregular spellings.

What are sight words?

Sight words are the most common words in English. The term refers to the notion that students should be able to instantly recognise the most common words in English 'by sight', without having to decode


Why are sight words important?

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In addition to being taught to decode words, research suggests that students benefit from being taught to recognise the most common words in English, especially those with irregular spellings such as 'who' and 'said'. Learning to instantly recognise highly frequent and irregularly spelled words helps students to develop fluency in reading and prevents students from attempting to decode words that do not contain typical letter-sound patterns.  

Please note: teaching students sight words before they have learnt basic decoding skills is NOT recommended, and not supported by research! Teaching sight words should be a complementary strategy to assist the development of fluency as part of a systematic, phonics based method of reading instruction. 


Which Reading Doctor® apps help with developing sight word recognition?

The following Reading Doctor® teaching apps help students to recognise and understand the 200 most common words in written English. For more information about how each app helps you to teach sight word recognition, please click on the links: