Dyslexic Education Programs

Instructor: Bill Sands
Students with dyslexia have numerous options available to them when it comes to academic support. The following list represents just a small sample of the many options that can be found.

Barton Reading & Spelling System

The Barton System is a finely-structured literacy program that provides organized instruction to dyslexic students. The system features ten distinct levels, each of which contains 10 to 15 lessons. The program also comes with manipulatives and games to support what students are learning. The levels are organized so that instructors can teach on a case-by-case basis; they do not need to know all ten levels before beginning to provide support.

The program satisfies all requirements of both No Child Left Behind and Common Core.

The New Herman Method

Ideal for grades 3-6, the New Herman model aims to improve reading comprehension by stressing the importance of a multisensory approach. The method involves breaking students into smaller groups and then providing instruction in fundamental subjects such as reading, composition, and spelling. The method uses a technique known as 'attribute reading' to encourage student participation and employs up-to-date materials including stories and images, which are culturally responsive.

Read Naturally

Read Naturally uses a combination of three research-based teaching strategies to provide instruction specifically to students with learning disabilities, including dyslexia. By using teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring, this institution is able to promote fluency skills, improve vocabulary, and strengthen reading comprehension.

Read Naturally offers a variety of intervention programs that are appropriate for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. Some programs are web-based while others are print-based and include audio CDs. Each program focuses on a specific learning area and contains its own unique lessons and strategies.

Wilson Reading System

The primary program of the Wilson Language Training Corporation, the Wilson Reading System is an intensive and structured program for students of all ages, from elementary school to high school, as well as adults. The program stresses essential skills such as phonemic awareness, sight word recognition, and decoding. Students can work either in a one-on-one setting or in small groups of up to six students, and the program features innovative learning supports for teachers such as program workshops and online courses. The program has been fully accredited by the International Dyslexia Association.

Lindamood-Bell Programs

The Lindamood-Bell programs place emphasis on providing individualized instruction in reading comprehension. Students in these programs (whose subjects include phoneme sequencing and language comprehension) begin by undergoing an extensive evaluation in which their strengths and weaknesses are identified. Using the information gleaned from this evaluation, instructors then design a personalized program that specifically targets a child's learning challenges. The programs feature a 1:1 student-to-instructor ratio that ensures individual attention and care for every student.

Special Education Teacher Resources

If you're looking for more information on teaching strategies to use with students who have learning disabilities, has a number of resources that can provide valuable insight. These courses on Resources for Teaching Special Education and Teaching Students with Disabilities contain helpful strategies for teaching students with a range of learning disabilities, including dyslexia. You'll also find ideas for games and activities that can be used with dyslexic students as well as more general information on intervention strategies, special education advocacy, and teaching in the field of special education.

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