Multisensory Reading Programs For Children With Dyslexia Or a Learning Disability

Are you the parent of a child who is struggling to learn to read? Has your child been diagnosed with a learning disability in the area of reading, but continues to struggle despite receiving special education services? Have you read my other articles about multisensory reading programs and would like to know the names of a few of the most popular ones? This article will discuss several multisensory reading programs that are scientifically research based to help children learn to read. While I am not making specific recommendations, these are the multisensory programs that are the most used. children learning reading

Multi Sensory Reading Programs

  1. The most popular multisensory reading program is Orton-Gillingham. Orgton-Gillingham is the structured, sequential multisensory teaching of written language based upon the constant use of association of the foll-how a letter or word looks, how it sounds, and how the speech organs or the hand in writing feels when producing it. Children also learn the common rules of the English language such as the final e rule and when to use-ck and-tch. Many of the other multisensory reading programs discussed are based on the Orton-Gillingham program.
  2. The Barton Reading and Spelling System is Orton-Gillingham influenced and is multisensory, structured, systematic, and uses an explicit phonics approach. The system improves spelling as strongly as it does reading accuracy and fluency. The Barton System was developed by Susan Barton and contains all 5 essential components of Reading Instruction required by the No Child Left Behind Act.
  3. The Lindamood-Bell system is also quite popular. The Lindamood Phonemic Sequencing (LiPs) program successfully stimulates phonemic awareness. Students become aware of the mouth actions which produce speech sounds. The Visualizing and Verbalizing for Language Comprehension and Thinking program develops concept imagery through a series of steps beginning with expressive language and extending from a word to imagined paragraphs.
  4. The Wilson Reading Program is a 12 Step remedial reading and writing program for individuals with a language based learning disability. This program is based on Orton-Gillingham philosophy and current phonological coding research. It directly teaches the structure of words in the English language so that students master the coding system for reading and spelling.

Unlike other programs that overwhelm the student with rules, the language system of English is presented in a very systematic and cumulative manner so that it is manageable. Visualization techniques are used for comprehension.

A few differences in the programs are: The Barton System does not require any special training to use the program, which may make school districts much more willing to use it. The Wilson program is a remediation program (to help children catch up and learn skills they missed), which is used for grades 3 and above. Some school districts in some states have been trained in the Wilson System, which might may it easier to get Wilson for your child. Lindamood Bell is used by some of the Private Learning Centers that help children learn to read, so be sure you check with them if you are interested.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and No Child Left Behind (NCLB) require that Title 1 schools use research based curriculums to teach children to learn to read. All of these programs are research based which proves that they are successful in helping children learn to read. Discuss these four programs with your school district and see if they already have trained people in the school district who can use these programs (Though the Barton System requires no training). Good Luck!

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