Finding the Best Reading Program for Students with Dyslexia

Posted by Erica Warren on

If you are helping a struggling reader and you are looking for a reading program, it can be an overwhelming process to sift through the multitude of options that are currently available. Many approaches focus on the well researched Orton-Gillingham based instructional approach, however, each program offers their own materials and addresses a variety of different age groups.
best reading programs for dyslexic students
If you are helping a struggling reader and you are looking for a reading program, it can be an overwhelming process to sift through the multitude of options that are currently available. Many approaches focus on the well researched Orton-Gillingham based instructional approach, however, each program offers their own materials and addresses a variety of different age groups.

What is the Orton-Gillingham Approach to Reading?

The Orton-Gillingham approach to reading was named after Samuel Torrey Orton (1879-1948) and Anna Gillingham (1878-1963) who gathered and published a detailed instructional manual in the 1930s. They created a structured, multisensory, step by step approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling that incorporated the explicit and systematic teaching of phonemic awareness, syllabication, and word morphology.  There has been extensive research on this approach to reading and it is known to be an excellent option for students with dyslexia.  
Happy kids reading

So How Can I Find the Best Program?

I've attached the following table to help make the search for your ideal approach more manageable. I don't have experience with all the programs, but I am familiar with and have used components of the ones that are starred in my own practice.
 
Program
Grades
K-6
Grades
7-9
Grades 10-12
Grades Adults
Software Based?
ABeCeDarian
Academy of Reading
Alphabetic Phonics
Association Method
Barton
Fast Forward
Fast Track
High Point
Jolly Phonics
Language!
Lexercise
Lexia-Herman
* Lexia Reading
* Lindamood-Bell
Mind Play
* Nessy Reading
Open Court Reading
Orton-Gillingham Approach
Orton Gillingham Online Academy
Phonics First
Project Read
Rave-O
Read Naturally
Read Well
Reading Mastery
Really Great Reading
Simultaneous Multisensory Teaching
Slingerland
Sonday System
Sounds in Syllable
Spalding Method
SpellRead
SRA Early Intervention
Starting Over
Read, Write & Type Learning System
Spire
Take Flight
Trass
* Wilson Reading System
Created by Michael Bates and Dr. Erica Warren 

Do I Use a Reading Program in my Private Practice?

Personally, I don't use a reading program.  Although I was trained in a number of Orton-Gillingham based programs, I chose to study the comprehensive and extensive source: The Gillingham Manual. Then I created my own supplemental games and multisensory activities to make the approach more engaging and enjoyable for students.

I hope you found this blog helpful and that the information will assist you in making the best decision for your particular situation.

Cheers, Dr. Erica Warren
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator, and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning. She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Learning Specialist Courses.

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