Reading ApproachesRecommended Resources & Programs

    Once the signs of dyslexia are recognized and perhaps a child tested for dyslexia, the next task for parents is to look for an reading program that works for children with dyslexia. Orton Gillingham, Structured Word Inquiry, and Lindamood-Bell are three approaches proven effective at teaching dyslexic children to read.

    Orton Gillingham is an approach to teaching reading that works well for children with dyslexia. It requires skilled and experienced educators who provide explicit instruction in a multi-sensory, structured approach to language that includes phonological awareness, sound-symbol association, syllables, comprehension, grammar, and morphology (the structure of words).

    In order to learn the approach, educators must commit to extensive study, supervision by a trained practitioner and practical classroom experience. The approach was developed by Dr. Samuel Orton and educator Anna Gillingham. To learn more,

    Structured Word Inquiry is the time-honored approach to teaching English, which is to study the roots, history, structure and meaning of words as well as how they are built; how suffixes and prefixes affect their meanings, and how to spell them in a predictable and understandable way—according to the rules. It can be a very effective and fun way for even very young students to learn what seems to be the secret code of understanding English.

    Lindamood-Bell is a popular commercial company that operates many learning centers across the country, as well as their online tutoring program; it also provides teacher training opportunities. The learning process has the weight of much independent research behind it that proves its effectiveness at creating connectivity in the brain.

    Among its popular programs are Seeing Stars and Visualizing and Verbalizing. The company offers intensive remedial programs, and is often a go-to for students reading far behind grade level.