Synthetic Phonics and the Child with Special Needs: A Study in Brain Activity. John Bald firstname.lastname@example.org 01223 891069 Weblog: johnbald.typepad.com/language Presentation Copyright © John Bald 2007. Brain cells and connections (from The Learning Brain , Blakemore and Frith, 2005).
Presentation Copyright © John Bald 2007
As we learn, brain cells form connections with each other that build into chunks and networks. These connections are strengthened with practice. They are the foundation of language, both written and spoken.
(from The Learning Brain, Blakemore and Frith, 2005)
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cell city cycle
We use what the letters tell us, but we don’t believe the letters tell us everything.
The language is a thousand years old. If we were a thousand years old, we’d have some wrinkles too.
Final e – made, here, bite, note, cute
Vowel groups, especially when these can indicate more than one sound
Softening effect of e, i and y on c and g
(Adapted from the Portsmouth Down’s Syndrome Project, Professor Sue Buckley)