About PAF

teacher-with-studentsPreventing Academic Failure (PAF) is an early intervention program for teaching reading, spelling, and handwriting in grades K-3. It prevents or addresses reading failure in learning disabled and struggling readers. It has been proven successful in over 40 years of use in public and private schools. Thousands of children have learned to read thanks to PAF.

  • Scientifically Proven
    PAF incorporates all the instructional practices supported by the latest research and recommended by the International Dyslexia Association.
  • Teacher Friendly
    PAF provides all the materials needed to plan and teach daily lessons. Everything is at your fingertips. PAF was written for teachers, by teachers.
  • An Orton-Gillingham Approach
    PAF is the most effective classroom adaptation of Orton-Gillingham instruction and the only one coordinated with a comprehensive reading series. Orton-Gillingham was designed specifically for teaching reading to dyslexic students.

How PAF Works

PAF provides children with the building blocks they need to learn in a logical order which results in minimum frustration — and maximum success. Its step-by-step progression leads not only to improvement in basic skills but to an increased sense of mastery and self esteem. Children are taught:

  • The sounds letters make and how to write them
  • How to use sounds to read and spell words
    • /t/ /e/ /n/ make the word ten
  • How to use words and suffixes to build multisyllable words
    • sud + den + ly > suddenly
  • How to read accurately and fluently using phrases, sentences and stories that contain only sounds and words that have already been learned (decodable text)
  • How to apply comprehension strategies to help them understand what they read

How PAF is Different

PAF is based on the proven scientific understanding that reading develops over time, and only when reading accurately and fluently can students access the meaning of text.  Reading must be taught systematically and by direct instruction under teacher supervision.  

Here are some of the research-based practices that distinguish PAF from other reading programs:

  • Explicit phonics lessons
  • Reading aloud to a teacher
  • Repeated readings
  • Reading text that only contains sounds and words that have been taught
  • Integrating reading, spelling and handwriting in one lesson