Who will benefit from a tutor?
Students with dyslexia, as well as other children, who struggle with spelling. These children can't retain their spelling words from one week to the next, and they can't spell when writing sentences or stories - not even those high frequency words like because, friend, and does, AND they all can read (up to a point), yet they have great difficulty sounding out an unknown word - despite being taught phonics.
We refer to tutors using the Orton-Gillingham, scientifically proven method of teaching dyslexic students!
Here at Project D.E.B.U.N.K. we know that using an Orton-Gillingham based system is key to helping dyslexic students learn to read accurately, with more fluency and become better at spelling words. You will find many different "reading" tutors and systems on the market, however, it is important to know if they have been proven to work with dyslexic students.
We know that the BARTON READING & SPELLING SYSTEM is one of, if not the best program available. It is an Orton-Gillingham Influenced Simultaneously Multisensory Explicit and Systematic Phonics Program. We understand that the description is a mouthful! What you need to know is that as a student progresses through the different "Levels" of the system, they are taught spelling as strongly as reading, as well as grammar, basic punctuation, fluency, prosody (reading outloud with good phrasing), morphology, and more.
Project DEBUNK is compiling a list of Independent Tutors, who are trained in and use the Barton Reading & Spelling System for that reason. We will also keep a list of other Orton-Gillingham trained tutors.
Susan Barton doing a demonstration of her program.
A Barton student must:
• Be at least 5 years old and in kindergarten
• Can speak and comprehend spoken English
This is not for children with a receptive or expressive language disorder.
This is also not an ESL program.
A non-native English speaker must be able to speak and understand spoken English at a second grade level.
• Have an IQ of 70 or higher
• Struggles with spelling when writing stories, and cannot easily sound out unknown words when reading.
If someone can already read accurately and rapidly, but only has trouble with comprehension, they may have Aspergers or Hyperlexia. The Barton System is not appropriate for that type of student.
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