Along with difficulty reading, difficulty spelling is a hallmark of dyslexia. While dyslexia is something that can’t be “cured,” there are a great number of tools to help a dyslexic overcome many of its challenges, including difficulty spelling. Do you wonder what to look for in a spelling program for dyslexic students? I’ve found 7 components to be key for us.
1. Orton-Gillingham based
Orton-Gillingham is an approach to reading instruction developed in the early 1930’s by neuropsychiatrist, Samuel Orton and educator and psychiatrist, Anna Gillingham. It is a language-based, multisensory, systematic approach that has been shown to be highly effective with dyslexics. While Orton-Gillingam is an approach to reading instruction, its principals apply to spelling, as well.
2. Logical order of presentation for spelling concepts