There are many thoughts available on how to help dyslexics. At least two things are agreed upon: 1) the sooner a dyslexic can get help, the better, and 2) someone with dyslexia needs an approach that is multi sensory. 1The most reliable method2 seems to be the Orton Gillingham approach,3 which is language-based, multi sensory, structured, sequential, cumulative, cognitive, and flexible. There are several instructional packages/training available that are based on this approach. The International Dyslexia Association has published a Position Statement on Dyslexia Treatment Programs.

What will Work

Barton Reading and Spelling System has been used by some of our families. If you are part of SIL, and your child is dyslexic, please contact us at the email at the bottom of the page to find out how we can make this available to you.

Bright Solutions for Dyslexics lists ways to get help for your child, including programs that use the Orton Gillingham method and suggested wording for the IEP (if in the American public school).

The Hardeman Technique is used in Florida.

The Dyslexia Training Program was developed at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Go to Dyslexia | Common Signs of Dyslexia | Resources for Learning More about Dyslexia


  1. A multi sensory approach involves using several of one’s senses to learn the information (visual/auditory/kinesthetic). This give multiple way for the information to reach the brain. Taken from http://www.neurosensory.com.au/
  2. http://www.bartonreading.com/pdf/IDA-OGFactSheet.pdf
  3. http://www.ortonacademy.org/approach.php