What CO-MOM said. Phonemic awareness is key. I wish I had found Barton when my son what diagnosed. We ended up doing Funnix, (computerized, scripted, placement levels) because I panicked and the school was going to do Reading Mastery (same program, designed for schools.) I had to find another program to address the phonemic awareness. Funnix is about $40. We then followed with Logic of English Essentials. He is now doing Touch Type Read and Spell, and is 6th grade. All to reinforce the phonemic awareness. Oh, and we did Rewards (Sopis) last spring for compound words. My son is on grade level for reading and finally the spelling is coming along. We never did the school program as I did the Funnix over the summer and got him up (barely,) to grade level.
I have checked into Barton, and would recommend doing that. Do it just the way it says, do the parent test first, then start at the beginning and go. Open up an Ebay account and sell them as you get done. It is hard to justify the money when your kid may be close to level, but it does help.
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