Reading Instruction for Students with Dyslexia
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. Sounds (phonemes), letters (graphemes), sight words, sentence structure, and context are all part of learning to read. We use the Orton-Gillingham methodology that is taught to reading specialists by the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education (IMSE).
Students who are dyslexic typically have trouble with completing homework assignments and their challenges can affect the whole family. We utilize assistive technology including the Microsoft Learning Tools to help with other subjects, and include conversation and support for parents and family members.