Reading Therapy

Dyslexia is an inherited condition that makes it difficult to read, write, and spell.  It is a neurologically-based disorder that impacts a person’s expressive and receptive language, including phonological processing, reading, writing, spelling, handwriting and sometimes math.

Warning Signs:

  • Delayed speech as a child

  • Mixing sounds in multisyllabic words (e.g., aminal for animal)

  • Frequent ear infections

  • Inability to tie shoes

  • Confusion of right versus left

  • Late to establish a dominant hand 

  • Difficulty telling time on analogue clock

  • Challenges with identifying and generating rhyming words

  • Difficulty learning names of letters and/or sounds in the alphabet

  • Poor handwriting (dysgraphia)

  • Letter and/or number reversals past first grade

  • Challenges with spelling

  • Messy/unorganized bedroom, backpack, desk, etc.

  • Family history of dyslexia

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Treatment: Barton Reading and Spelling Program

The Barton Reading and Spelling Program is an Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Method to teach reading and writing.  It is a direct, explicit, structured, and sequential program that uses a multi-sensory approach to include all senses (visual, auditory, tactile, kinesthetic) when teaching phonemic awareness, reading, and spelling rules related to the English language.

  • 1-2 hour evaluations of reading, reading comprehension, writing, spelling, working memory, and nonverbal IQ

  • Intervention with a speech-language pathologist trained in the Barton Reading and Spelling Program

  • Treatment is designed as an intensive intervention with therapy 2x a week for 30 minute sessions

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