Dyslexia Therapy

Dyslexia Therapy at Breakwater Associates

Scientific research reveals that dyslexia is a language-based learning disability. As recommended by experts in the field of reading and language research, Breakwater Associates employs the Orton-Gillingham based approach (also referred to as a structured literacy approach) for the remediation of dyslexia and reading problems due to other factors.  An Orton-Gillingham approach (Structured Literacy Approach) offers direct instruction in the structure of the English language that is simultaneously multi-sensory, systematic, sequential, explicit, and prescriptive.

An Orton-Gillingham approach (Structured Literacy Approach) provides instruction in:

Phonemic awareness – the knowledge and ability to recognize that words are made up of a combination of individual speech sounds

Phonics – knowledge of the alphabetic Code, which is the knowledge of the 26 letters of the English language, the 44 sounds of the English language and approximately 70 common spellings of these speech sounds

Orthography- the conventional spelling system of the English language

Handwriting – handwriting is directly taught and also interwoven into reading, spelling, and writing instruction

Morphology – the study of the forms of words, and the ways in which words are related to other words of the same language

Vocabulary Development – words that a student is able to understand and use in both oral and written language

Fluency – the ability to read text rapidly, accurately, and smoothly

Comprehension – the goal of reading instruction that should follow the ability to read fluently

Our reading instructors are Orton-Gillingham trained and/or certified and skilled at flexible and individualized teaching. Instruction is prescriptive, in that it is based on careful and continuous assessment of the students’s needs. As the student progresses through individually prescribed lessons and activities, the tutor and student use a variety of progress monitoring tools, including phonogram and word lists, to assess progress and make appropriate adjustments. Students are expected to achieve mastery for each concept before progressing to the next.

Reading instructors at Breakwater Associates use the following programs and materials, often intertwining programs and activities, to meet the individual needs of all of their students:

  • Wilson Reading System ® (Barbara Wilson)
  • S.P.I.R.E., Third Edition ® (School Speciality, Inc.)
  • Seeing Stars ® (Lindamood-Bell)
  • The Writing Road to Reading © (Romalda Spalding)
  • Sequential Teaching of Explicit Phonics & Spelling © (The STEPS Reading Center)
  • Phonics Pathways © (Dorbooks)
  • Saxon Phonics © (Saxon Publishers)
  • Megawords ® (School Speciality)
  • Visualizing and Verbalizing ® (Lindamood-Bell)
  • Shurley Grammar ® (Shurley Instructional Materials, Inc.)
  • Handwriting without Tears ©
  • WriteShop – Incremental Writing Program ©  (WriteShop, Inc)
  • Imitations in Writing © (Exodus Books)
  • Reading pyramids for repeated reading activities (Phonics Pathways)
  • Word Families with Silly Sentences (Super Fun Deck)
  • Snap Words ® Teaching Cards (Child 1st Publications, LLC)
  • Decodable readers
  • Authentic texts
  • Miscellaneous literature

Breakwater Associates is a member of The International Dyslexia Association

 www.interdys.org

Dyslexia Therapy Brochure