Jul 102014

14 PROVEN Orton Gillingham Reading Program Choices

When your child is falling behind in reading, you don’t want to mess around with reading programs that aren’t effective. While there are MANY great reading programs on the market, many are NOT effective for kids with diagnosed dyslexia.

Whether your child has been diagnosed with dyslexia or not, the Orton Gillingham reading program for dyslexia choices listed below are proven dyslexia programs.  They are proven by research to be effective for teaching reading to children who are diagnosed with dyslexia.

Whether or not a specific Orton Gillingham reading program for dyslexia will be effective for YOUR child depends on your child’s individual learning needs. Therefore, it’s good if you can pay attention to the specifics of each program. Notice what types of activities each program uses for teaching reading.

Each Orton Gillingham reading program for dyslexia is a little bit different in its focus. If you know your child’s learning style  before choosing an Orton Gillingham Reading Program, you can choose proven reading programs that teach in the way your child learns EASIEST.

If you select a program that matches your child’s learning style which makes learning easier, then you won’t have to repeat instruction as many times before your child masters the phonemes. Your child will also enjoy the lessons more (or at least, hate them less 😉 ).

Reading “The Dyslexia Help Handbook for Parents: Your Guide to Overcoming Dyslexia Including Tools You Can Use for Learning EmpowermentDyslexia Help Handbook for Parents book dyslexic dyslexie books” before purchasing any Orton Gillingham reading program for dyslexia will help you chose the right program for your child. Reading this value-priced book could save you money if it prevents you from buying even one Orton Gillingham reading program that isn’t right for YOUR child. 😉

The Orton Gillingham reading program choices that follow teach phonemic awareness through explicit, direct instruction. Effective instruction for overcoming dyslexia teaches reading beginning with the most basic elements, which are the phonemes.

Proven Orton Gillingham reading program for dyslexia cover every reading detail. The Orton Gillingham Reading method is specific, sequential, and multi-sensory.

Reading about the Orton-Gillingham methodology and other Orton-Gillingham reading programs can help you better understand the O-G method, which are the heart of most dyslexia programs.  Be aware though, no single Orton Gillingham reading program is the “best” for teaching every child who has dyslexia.

To help your child, it helps a lot to know your child’s individual learning preferences and needs. Then select an Orton Gillingham reading program for dyslexia that matches your child’s preferred learning style.

For example, if your child is a kinesthetic or tactile learner, selecting an Orton Gillingham reading program that uses a lot of air writing, finger tracing, or other active ways of practicing is better.  If your child is a visual learner, having colorful imagery included in the teaching materials helps.

If you have the money, and are willing to undertake remediation of your child, you can do so with a scripted Orton Gillingham reading program listed below. These programs are comprehensive and heavily explained or scripted. Then enable parents to teach their children by following the detailed instructions.

These Orton Gillingham Reading Programs are typically used in schools. They are somewhat more expensive than programs listed on our Reading Remediation at Home page, but these programs are proven to work for many kids.

Choices For A Scripted, Proven, Orton Gillingham Reading Program for Dyslexia:

The ABeCeDarian Reading Program – This Orton Gillingham reading program is gaining in popularity among homeschooling moms. It is less expensive than many of the programs. Several learning abled kids’ moms have had great outcomes with ABeCeDarian. They find this Orton Gillingham reading program for dyslexia easy to use. It has provided great progress for their kids.

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All About Reading and All About Spelling – These are well-scripted,  cost-effective, easy to follow Orton Gillingham reading programs. AAR and AAS tell you what to do and when to do it. The program also tells you what to say as you’re teaching. Again, these programs are favorites among learning abled kids’ moms because they are easy to follow and cost effective. AAR and AAS combined will provide a top-notch Orton Gillingham reading program to help you teach your child to read.

Barton Reading – This Orton Gillingham Reading Program is somewhat expensive. It is very well-liked by parents for its clear instructions and thorough reading instruction. It is one of the Learning Abled Kids’ moms’ favorites.  Barton provides great reading progression for most kids.  If you want an excellent Orton Gillingham reading program for dyslexia and can afford Barton, it is highly recommended.

The New Herman Reading Method – The “old” Herman program is the initial method used with our son. The Herman Reading program has been available for a number of years. Renee Herman was a great help to me in figuring out how and why our school’s reading resource program wasn’t working. This dyslexia program is also heavily scripted to help you teach your child. This Orton Gillingham Reading Program is one of the better ones for a kinesthetic, tactile, or an active learner.

S.P.I.R.E. – As described on the SPIRE page, is a program written by an Orton-Gillingham fellow.  It has been tested and perfected over a number of years.  SPIRE is more ideal for auditory learners than for active learners. This Orton Gillingham reading program for dyslexia has been modified over time to incorporate the most recent research and best practices.

Wilson Reading – This is a tried and true classic Orton Gillingham Reading Program. It has been around for decades. The Wilson Reading program is used by a number of private schools for teaching children with dyslexia. The program is not as heavily scripted as some of the other programs, so this program is a great choice if you’ve had Orton-Gillingham training.

**Saxon Phonics – This is a robust, well-developed reading remediation program. It is also one of the less expensive Orton Gillingham Reading Programs that includes all materials, teachers guides and student books. This remediation program is a great value.
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**LiPS from Lindamood-Bell – This is the same program used at Lindamood-Bell centers and by many private organizations that teach reading. You can order LiPS through Gander Publishing. The kit is expensive, but the program is proven to work with most children who struggle with phonemic awareness. LiPS is rather involved. However, if you can read and understand the instructions, it is a lot cheaper to do the program yourself. Having the program offered by the Lindamood-Bell Centers is extremely expensive. Not all children respond well to their parent as their teacher, so if your child needs a lot of phonemic awareness training, you may want to look for a provider.

Software-based Dyslexia Programs:

Research shows that the MOST EFFECTIVE way to teach a child with dyslexia to read is to use a combination of a direct teaching program (those listed above) with a computer-based practice program. By combining the two teaching methods, your child will be able to have enough repetitive practice to master reading.

Since a child with true dyslexia requires 200 to 300, or more, repetitions of practice with each single phoneme, it’s a rare parent or teacher who has the time and patience to repetitively teach each phoneme that many times. Using a computer program can give your child all of that practice, and a computer is infinitely patient! :)

Also, the BEST time of day to use one of these practice programs is right before going to sleep at night. Why? Because research shows that your brain continues to process whatever happened right before bed, and learning “sticks” better when you study right before sleep. Therefore, if you have your child use an Orton Gillingham reading program for dyslexia right before bed each night, the phonemes will continue to be stored in your child’s memory. That equals better learning.

Each Orton Gillingham reading program for dyslexia below is computer-based. Some of them are online, so you can use those programs anytime, anywhere. Others are loaded onto a computer via software download or a CD, so you’ll want to take that into account. Having a program you can practice anytime, anywhere can add flexibility to your child’s learning. However, as mentioned before, practicing before bed is the most effective time to use a software-based Orton Gillingham reading program for dyslexia.

Proven Software-based Orton Gillingham reading program for dyslexia options:

**Earobics is designed to teach a child with auditory processing issues to “tune in” to key sounds in words. Earobics teaches phonemes in relation to print. It also builds concentration (specifically the ability to attend to sounds within words). Some kids can’t “hear” (or recognize) the individual phonemes enough to be taught with a rules based program, so Earobics is a good place to begin.

**Fast ForWord Early Literacy – This program, like Earobics, addresses Phonemic Awareness as a starting point. I’ve not seen nor used this program, but many people say it is excellent. It has a LOT of research behind it. Fast ForWord is one of the top computer-based choices you can make.

**HearBuilder – This program focuses on basic concepts, Following Directions, Phonological Awareness, Auditory Memory, and Sequencing. HearBuilder has research that supports its effectiveness and they have affordable pricing for HOME users. There is built-in progress reporting, so you don’t ever have to wonder whether your child is progressing through the program. The reports are also great for homeschoolers who have to provide evidence of their child’s work. The program is designed for K-8th grade students, but I think it’d be alright for a high school student who isn’t prone to complaining loudly. The graphics are not overly babyish, which is a complaint some older students have about other programs. Overall, HearBuilder would be a solid practice program to use on a daily basis to help solidify your child’s skills.

**Lexia Reading – This is the program we used, HOWEVER–It has recently been modified to meet Common Core standards. UNFORTUNATELY, they also added TIMED exercises which are frustrating for kids with a slow processing speed. IF your child is known to have a neurologically slow processing speed, this program may not be your best fit.  Lexia has numerous different practice activities within 5 levels. Lexia (the old version) helped my boys learn basic spelling and reading skills. The program is very thorough, beginning with basic vowel sounds, and progressing up through roots, prefixes, suffixes, and syllabication. This program is a great teaching tool when used on a daily basis.

Multisensory Reading, Spelling and Penmanship “This is a multi-sensory reading, spelling and penmanship program. It builds an association between symbols and sounds in the English language using self-paced repetition. It uses the close association of visual, auditory and kinesthetic elements to help students improve their language skills.” This program has computer-based and app-based practice. It is a great technology-based, multi-sensory dyslexia program for teaching your child to read.

Prolexia Ultra Phonics Tutor – This program is particularly good for practicing handwriting and phonemic awareness together. Learning these skills together can help streamline your child’s educational day. Having a shorter day is definitely a benefit for both you and your child! That said, I HIGHLY recommend getting their “light pen” to use for practice. Using the pen-type of pointer will translate into functional handwriting skills more directly. If your child uses the mouse for the pointer device with the program, the writing skills will not transfer as directly to pencil and paper.

You may also want to check out the Free Multisensory Reading and Dyslexia Programs available online. Those programs are a good way to engage your child in extra reading practice. There are also great audio-visual or hands on programs that you can use as dyslexia programs.  You may also want to check out:

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