Program Description

Reading Instruction

Our program for teaching kids to read is based on the Orton-Gillingham method. It is a highly-structured approach that uses multi-sensory techniques to build reading skills. Sight, hearing, touch, and movement all contribute to the process of making the connection between sounds and the letters that represent those sounds. The next step is recognizing those sounds in words.

“This program is the “gold standard” for teaching reading to kids with dyslexia.

–Understood.org describing the Orton-Gillingham method

There are many different systems for teaching reading to kids with reading and writing issues, but most of them build on the method pioneered by Orton-Gillingham. Students gain the basic skills at each stage of the process before progressing to the next step. Phonemes, sight words, sentence structure and context are all part of learning to read. We will explore how to decode language using the Orton-Gillingham approach.

Enrichment Activities

Multi-Sensory Enrichment Modules provide alternate ways to gain the skills necessary for reading, and allow kids to enjoy their time in the Reading Skills program.

Movement through dance and other forms of sequential movement patterns helps kids build memory, physical coordination, and confidence. Combining movement with music makes repetition more fun, and gives kids who favor kinesthetic learning an alternative way to acquire these skills. Integrating movement with academic study helps students learn and retain information in more ways than just “sitting at a desk.” Rhythm, sequences, and memorization are common to both reading and dancing.

Art allows kids to express what they have learned through creative, tactile activities. The fine-motor skills required for writing are enhanced through the use of a larger canvas. The elements of design that create letter forms, including lines, circles, and curves, are reinforced when used to create patterns and designs. These are the building blocks for learning letter and word recognition, and can be used in large-format projects. Working with textures such as sandpaper is also part of the multi-sensory approach.

Art projects allow kids who are struggling with basic skills to gain comprehension and experience success through creative expression.

 

Science includes an overview of the human brain and how it functions, and why some people learn differently than others.

Performance and role-playing exercises build memory skills, confidence, and contribute to gaining adaptive techniques for social situations. We help kids learn to express their needs in order to get the assistance required for specific circumstances.

Accommodation—we will learn alternate ways to achieve our goals by studying the techniques used by many successful people who are dyslexic.