Local Tutors using the Structured Literacy Approach
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Dyslexia Johnson County supports the Internation Dyslexia Association or IDA. The IDA states that Structured Literacy is scientifically based method for learning to read. Structured Literacy is an effective instruction for Dyslexia.
Introduction to Structured Literacy -
Instruction that is supported by research is explicit, systematic, and cumulative. In other words, there is a plan; the instruction is structured.
This evidence-based approach integrates listening, speaking, reading, and writing. That is, the instruction incorporates all aspects of literacy.
Structured Literacy emphasizes the structure of language, including the speech sound system (phonology), the writing system (orthography), the structure of sentences (syntax), the meaningful parts of words (morphology) and the relationships among words (semantics), and the organization of spoken and written discourse. The integration of listening, speaking, reading, and writing makes this instruction multisensory.
The ultimate goal of Structured Literacy is the development of deep levels of comprehension and expression and lifelong reading and writing habits. Although all aspects of this instruction are essential for students with dyslexia, this instruction also enhances the reading and academic achievement of all students.
The Content of Structured Literacy –What is Taught
Structured Literacy instruction is marked by several elements. The intensity and inclusion of these elements instruction will vary according to student needs. Student needs are determined through continuous progress monitoring.
Phonology is the study of the sound structure of spoken words and is a critical element of Structured Language instruction.Phonological awareness includes rhyming, counting words in spoken sentences, and clapping syllables in spoken words. An important aspect of phonological awareness is phonemic awareness or the ability to segment words into their component sounds, which are called phonemes. A phoneme is the smallest unit of sound in a given language that can be recognized as being distinct from other sounds in the language. For example, the word cap has three phonemes(/k/, /ă/, /p/), and the word clasp has five phonemes (/k/, /l/, /ă/, /s/, /p/).
Once students have developed the awareness of phonemes of spoken language,they must learn how to map the phonemes to symbols or printed letters. Sound-symbol association must be taught and mastered in two directions: visual to auditory (reading) and auditory to visual (spelling). Additionally, students must master the blending of sounds and letters into words as well as the segmenting of whole words into the individual sounds. The instruction of sound-symbol association is often referred to as phonics. Although phonics is a component ofStructured Literacy, it is embedded within a rich and deep language context.
A syllable is a unit of oral or written language with one vowel sound. Instruction includes teaching of the six basic syllable types in the English language: closed,vowel-consonant-e, open, consonant-le, r-controlled, and vowel pair. Knowledge of syllable types is an important organizing idea. By knowing the syllable type,the reader can better determine the sound of the vowel in the syllable. Syllable division rules heighten the reader’s awareness of where a long, unfamiliar word may be divided for greater accuracy in reading the word.
Morphology is the study of morphemes, the smallest unit of meaning in the language. The Structured Literacy curriculum includes the study of base words, roots, prefixes, and suffixes. The word instructor, for example, contains the root struct, which means to build, the prefix in, which means in or into, and the suffix or, which means one who. An instructor is one who builds knowledge in his or her students.
The syntax is the set of principles that dictate the sequence and function of words in a sentence in order to convey meaning.This includes grammar, sentence variation, and the mechanics of language.
Semantics is that aspect of language concerned with meaning. The curriculum (from the beginning) must include instruction in the comprehension of written language.
The Principles of Instruction –How It Is Taught
Structured Literacy is distinctive in how critical elements are taught. The instruction adheres to the following principles.
Systematic and Cumulative
Structured Literacy instruction is systematic and cumulative. Systematic means that the organization of material follows the logical order of the language. The sequence must begin with the easiest and most basic concepts and elements and progress methodically to more difficult concepts and elements. Cumulative means each step must be based on concepts previously learned.
Structured Literacy instruction requires the deliberate teaching of all concepts with continuous student-teacher interaction. It is not assumed that students will naturally deduce these concepts on their own.
For more on Structured Literacy - Please see the International Dyslexia Association's Dyslexia Handbook.
NOTE: Dyslexia Johnson County does not endorse any of these tutors. We provide this list as a resource for families looking for local tutors using IDA endorsed methods, or Orton-Gillingham approach programs using multi-sensory teaching methods.
Page last updated: April 8th, 2016
- Pam Dudley - Learning Abilities trains Orton Gillingham Tutors each summer - try calling her and ask if she knows anyone with openings (816) 505-9865 http://www.learningabilities.net/
- Carol Fraser-Hagen - Phonics Fundamentals http://www.carolfraserhagen.com/reading-tutor-for-...
- Pam Taylor - LexiAbility - http://www.readkc.com/home-3/ - 816.863.7331 - firstname.lastname@example.org LexiAbility was founded in 2013 by Pamela Taylor to provide resources for those with dyslexia. We offer • Remediation and tutoring • Screening and referral • Consulting for schools • Support for families • Teacher and tutor training • Presentations and workshops.
- Jody Andres - 816-200-3939 - email@example.com - Barton
- Lynn Hillman - Overland Park - 913-239-0073 - www.dyslexiatesterandtutor.com - Barton - Handwriting without Tears, Writing
- Above & Beyond Dyslexia, 200 N.E. Missouri Rd., Suite #211, Lee's Summit, MO 64086 Susan Bonnett: 816-456-4598 / Sandy Paith: 816-456-7221 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kristin Dickinson, Barton Tutor, 913.687.6160 Olathe, Kansas. email@example.com
- Tracy Lawson-Gusewelle, Pedagogy Literacy Studio, 913-489-9596 firstname.lastname@example.org, pedagogystudio.com, Certified Barton Reading & Spelling Tutor, Screener and Consultant
- Jenn Colby - Gardner - Steppingstoneskc@yahoo.com Phone: 312-3125-7467
- Lindamood-Bell Kansas City - 1-877-540-9356 email@example.com
- Applied Learning Process -
- 430 E. Blue Ridge Blvd., KC, MO 64145 - 816-942-6808 -
- Offers a comprehensive evaluation and intensive treatment throughout the school year as well as during the summer months
- Strategic Education, LLC -
- Laura Swafford 816-260-1812 www.successinreading.com 913-642-6151 8600 W. 95th St., Suite 207 Overland Park, KS 66212
- Local provider for children with dyslexia since 1991. We are not a part of the Lindamood-Bell © company but all of our clinicians have had extensive training in all of the Lindamood-Bell© programs. I started working with dyslexia and these programs in 1985 as a reading specialist at Longview Community College.
- Multisensory Reading and Spelling - 5th grade thru high school -
- Betty Ellis - 913-541-9267 (c) 913-706-1196; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Multisensory Reading and Spelling is a Orton Gillingham based program created and field tested since 1986 by the Neuhaus Education Center. It's designed for children 5th grade thru high school and includes the 5 essential components for reading success as identified by IDA and the National Reading Panel Report.
Lorri Fuchs 913-469-5286
Educational Therapist and Reading Specialist (offering Wilson)
April McCormick 816-305-7561
Professionally Certified Educational Therapist and Reading Specialist
Lee’s Summit, MO
Linda McGregor 816-726-3855 - NILD Certified
Professionally Certified Educational Therapist
Math & Reading Groups or Individual Therapy
McGregor Discovery Center
Michelle Meyer 913-481-1591
Professionally Certified Educational Therapist - NILD Certified
Educational Therapy Center (Orton-Gillingham) 816-584-8860
6004 B NW 9 Hwy.
Parkville, MO 64152
- Lorri Fuchs - Educational Therapists - Leawood - 913-469-5286 - email@example.com - Wilson
Private School for Learning Disabilities
- Horizon Academy - www.horizon-academy.com - 913-789-9443
Fundamental Learning Center- Witchita
In Person or Online Training for Professionals & Parents
316.684.READ (7323) firstname.lastname@example.org
Serving Kansas & Missouri Schools
713 Commercial, Emporia, KS 66801