Reading a book on learning to read by Mem Fox, I learnt a new way to help T to learn to read.
As we are reading a familiar stroy I show him a word that is often repeated, usually the character;s name, and whenever we come across the word in the book I ask him to identify it. When he does, I do a funny scream of suprise and make him laugh and then he is excited to look for it again. Or when we come to a new page he has to look for the word, which also helps with his scanning skimming skills.
Direct praise is a problem with T because it seems to put too much pressure on him.