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October 27, 2016

Dyslexia Month Series: Structured Reading Programs by Amy Hanna MAT


October is Dyslexia Month! Our team of Educational Specialists are celebrating by sharing their expertise.

Amy Hanna MAT is an educational specialist at Child and Family Development.- Pineville and Midtown.  She shares:

Thus far for National Dyslexia Awareness Month, we have discussed identifying dyslexia, providing support through accommodations, and the importance of finding a program like Orton Gillingham designed to meet the specific needs of dyslexic students. This week, we’ll take a look at the components of effective reading instruction for students with dyslexia.

What should you expect from a program designed specifically for dyslexic students? The program will be:

  • Individualized ‚Äì assesses each student‚Äôs individual needs through a pre-test, observation during lessons, and other formal tasks throughout the program
  • Deliberate ‚Äì teaches concepts explicitly and deliberately (The tutor does not assume the student already knows something or will just ‚Äúget it‚Äù eventually.)
  • Systematic ‚Äì starts with the most basic concepts of language and progresses to more advanced through a structured, familiar lesson sequence
  • Cumulative ‚Äì builds on the skills the student has mastered
  • Continuous ‚Äì reviews previously mastered skills at the beginning of each lesson, and provides additional practice through listening, reading, spelling, and writing tasks

An effective program should address skills such as:

  • Phonemic Awareness– the sound structure of language
  • Phonological Awareness– associating sounds with letters
  • Syllabification– segmenting words into syllables
  • Morphology– prefixes, suffixes, roots, etc.
  • Syntax– arrangement/role of words in sentences
  • Semantics– meaning

As mentioned last week, Orton Gillingham is one well-known and highly respected program that supports the needs of students with dyslexia. All Child and Family Development educators/ tutors have training in the Orton-Gillingham method.

Read more about Amy here.  

Read more about our educational services here.

Read more about dyslexia on the National Institute of Learning Development website here.