Wilson Reading System

When a family is concerned about their child’s reading progress or an individual is initially diagnosed with dyslexia, one of the first treatment recommendations is for the student to participate in an Orton-Gillingham based reading program. That recommendation is made because the Orton-Gillingham approach is considered the most effective treatment for dyslexia according to the International Dyslexia Association and current reading research. Orton-Gillingham has been successfully used to teach individuals with dyslexia to read since it was created in the 1930s. As the approach has evolved based on reading research, it has been modernized and is now usually referred to as Structured Literacy. The theory behind Structured Literacy is that dyslexia needs to be treated through the systematic study of the English language using lessons that are multisensory, structured, sequential, and cumulative with instruction driven by data-based decision making.

At Achievement Advantage, we use the Wilson Reading System which is one of the most popular and well-respected programs based on the principles of Orton-Gillingham instruction. The Wilson Reading System is an intensive, research-based intervention program for students in grades 2-12 and adults with basic reading skill deficits. This program is specially designed for individuals who are not making adequate progress in reading; have been unsuccessful with other reading intervention strategies; or who require more intensive literacy instruction, including individuals who have a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia. Due to our commitment to provide high-quality services based on the most current research, we use Wilson Reading System’s Fourth Edition materials to instruct students. To teach the structure of the English language, lessons include instruction in:

  • Word structure, in depth, for automatic decoding and spelling

  • Word recognition and spelling of high frequency words, including irregular words

  • Vocabulary, word understanding, and word-learning skills

  • Sentence-level text reading to improve ease, expression, and understanding

  • Listening comprehension with age-appropriate narrative and informational text

  • Reading comprehension with narrative and expository text of increasing levels of difficulty

  • Narrative and informational text structures

  • Organization of information for oral or written expression

  • Proofreading skills

  • Self-monitoring for word recognition accuracy and comprehension

Typically, tutoring sessions last 45-60 minutes, 2-5 times in a one-on-one setting; however, the sessions can be customized to meet your needs. We work with both individual clients educational organizations to provide services in a variety of locations throughout the Greater Cleveland and Akron area.

In order to meet the needs of our clients, we have an ever-growing team of Wilson Reading System tutors. All of our tutors are licensed with the Ohio Department of Education in additional to minimally being Level I Certified in the Wilson Reading System.

If you are interested in pursuing Wilson Reading System tutoring, the first step is to contact Achievement Advantage’s office by phone or email to discuss individual needs and schedule an appointment for Wilson Assessment of Decoding and Encoding (WADE) to be administered. The WADE is a curriculum-based measure which specifically assesses a student’s decoding and encoding skills correlated to the word structures taught in the Wilson Reading System. It is used to determine whether or not your needs can be appropriately met by Wilson Reading System. Please contact us today to set up individual Wilson Reading System lessons.

The Wilson Reading System is endorsed by the Council of Administrators of Special Education and Wilson Language Training has been accredited by the International Dyslexia Association. Additionally, the Ohio Department of Education has approved the Wilson Reading System for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.

Click on the video below to get a closer look at what a Wilson Reading System intervention lesson entails.