Stages is a seven-level developmental framework that describes a learner's cognitive and language abilities. Stages helps schools comply with alternate assessment mandates by providing an accessible way to assess learners with special needs. Stages also serves as a selection guide for curriculum activities (including both software and off-computer activities). The sequence of seven Stages is based on the work of Madalaine Pugliese, a nationally recognized authority in the fields of assistive and instructional technologies.
The Discover Intensive Phonics interactive software and direct instruction materials work hand-in-hand to create a reading system that works for all students, no matter their learning styles. The software program is an individualized, interactive reading solution for students with varying needs and learning styles. Discover Intensive Phonics employs a multi-sensory approach and features a human voice soundtrack, visual cues, and the use of a keyboard and mouse, as well as paper and pencil, to engage students' attention.