Kids just above Edmark level who are unsuccessful with phonics What do you do with kids who have been unsuccessful with phonics for years but are a little too high for Edmark? Their language skills run from preschool to second grade, they are all verbal though one has echolalia, he will occasionally use his own words and they are all around the second to low third grade reading levels. Disabilities run the gamut from mild intellectual disability to Tbi to autism, but there are no simple LD kids. They are all in speech therapy for their low language skills. They are 12-19 years in age.