Of course he doesn't recognise any sight words - they don't exist in his phonic only world - and what you don't see doesn't exist - ring any bells MsZ? - sound a little familiar? After all didn't you just tell me that there is no such thing as sight words - just words that are read really,really, fast - so fast we don't even know it is happening. And isn't your phonic only theory that he will eventually learn these words on sight after he has read/worked them out enough times. Sort of contradicts the brain theory bit as well doesn't it. What have you got to lose - if he can learn some abstract squiggles and arbitrary sounds he will have no difficulty learning full meaningful words like "mum" and "aeroplane" !"look" "i" etc. - you only need a few and if you give them related actions he will learn them all the quicker. You only need about 6 and you can start making sentences up - another 6 and he will have acess to the first 12 reading books on Ginn 360. He might even start to believe in himself in a reader. What have you got to lose but your professional ego - what has he got to gain but the ability to read, motivation and self esteem Go on- it's not as if he is going anywhere fast now is it? You can even teach phonics at the same time and who knows he might even get to the stage when it will help him among all the other strategies he will then have access to - I will even send you the materials and ideas to do it with. Self made mostly as the eductional publishers and manufacturers asr too focused on where the current money is - phonics. They must love our fickleness.