Orton-Gillingham methods build strong, confident readers. If your child is struggling in school, consider working with an Orton-Gillingham tutor over the summer to help them build reading confidence and a lifetime love of learning. Don’t let them struggle for years. Signs that a child will struggle with reading are evident in kindergarten.
The sequential part of Orton-Gillingham teaches reading skills in a direct, systematic, orderly way and including: phonemic awareness, letter recognition, concepts of print, sound/symbol relationship, word reading and spelling, syllables, fluency skills, vocabulary, and comprehension. When a child struggles with fluency, usually one of the more fundamental building blocks, listed above, is weak. Fluency involves the pace and accuracy of reading and prosody. Prosody is the expression, volume, phrasing and smoothness.
Minnesota has adopted Read Well by 3rd Grade, but most of us don’t know what that means. We read to comprehend information, but before we do that reading fluency is key and before that, other building blocks. Today, in many of our schools children’s fluency is measured by giving them the same three grade level passages multiple times over the year and having a child read each for one minute. A recorder marks the errors a student makes and indicates the number of words the child read. Sometimes comprehensions is tested by having the student retell the story…. but that is a different conversation. Most research expect that a third grade child should begin the year reading grade level material at a rate of 70 or more words per minute and end the year reading 100 or more words per minute they are considered meeting their benchmark with 95% – 97% accuracy, respectively. The numbers for the rate of reading represent the 50th percentile. If a students falls below the midpoint they should be receiving additional intentional support in the area that they have demonstrated a weakness in that comes before fluency on the continuum of learning to read. If your child is not meeting the midpoint by the end of third grade, fourth grade will be significantly more challenging than previous years. I could argue that for some students meeting the middle is even too lower of a threshold.
I’m happy to talk with any family about reading, if I can’t help you, I can often direct you to someone that can. Please feel free to call me at 218-340-7393.
February 1, 2014
Whether you’re the parent of a child with a reading disability or an educator that works with learning disabled students on a daily basis, you’re undoubtedly always looking for new tools to help these bright young kids meet their potential and work through their disability. While there are numerous technologies out there that can help, perhaps one of the richest is the iPad, which offers dozens of applications designed to meet the needs of learning disabled kids and beginning readers alike. Here, we highlight just a few of the amazing apps out there that can help students with a reading disability improve their skills not only in reading, writing, and spelling, but also get a boost in confidence and learn to see school as a fun, engaging activity, not a struggle.
These tools are useful for both educators and students with reading disabilities alike, aiding in everything from looking up a correct spelling to reading text out loud.
: Speak It! is a great text-to-speech solution that can allow students with reading disabilities to get a little help with reading when they need it.
Talk to Me
: Talk to Me is another text to speech application
. It can be used to read words out loud as they are typed, which can help students to better correlate the letters and words with how they’re pronounced.
: Dragon Dictation works in reverse of the two apps we just listed. Instead of reading text out loud, the application
writes down spoken text. For students who struggle with writing, it can be a great way for them to jot down ideas or get help learning.Merriam-Webster Dictionary
: If spelling is a problem, it’s always a good idea to have a really great dictionary on hand. This app from Merriam-Webster can provide that.
: If Dictionary.com is your go-to place for definitions and spelling help, this app can be a great way to bring that functionality to your iPad or iPhone.
: With Prizmo, users can scan in any kind of text document and have the program read it out loud, which can be a big help to those who struggle with reading.
Flashcards for iPad
: This app makes it easy to study words, spelling, and other things that young and LD readers might need help with.
: Using Soundnote, you can record drawings, notes, and audio all at once, balancing reading-based skills with those that are auditory and visual.
For more apps see