How to Help Dyslexics

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.1 The 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.

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).

Logic of English is a multi-sensory Orton-Gillingham based phonics, reading, handwriting, and spelling program that has two levels: Foundation (ages 4-7) and Essentials (ages 8-adult).

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

  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