The Slingerland® Approach is a classroom adaptation of the Orton-Gillingham method. Since 1960, thousands of teachers throughout the United States, and in Canada, Australia, and the Philippines have received Slingerland® Training. This structured, sequential, simultaneous, multi-sensory teaching approach is designed to help dyslexic students and other struggling readers with speaking, reading, writing and spelling. The flexibility of the approach has also made it effective in general education classrooms as well.

With the Slingerland® Approach learning takes place with involvement of Auditory, Visual and Kinesthetic-motor processing. It is in the linkage of these channels that dyslexic children often have difficulty. The Slingerland® Approach starts with the smallest unit of sight, sound, and feel — a single letter. Expanding upon that single unit, students are taught through an approach that strengthens inter-sensory associations and enables the strong channel of learning to reinforce the weak. It is thorough and integrated, providing a complete language learning experience.

From single letters, students are taught how to associate sounds with their visual counterparts and put these letters together to spell words. They add suffixes and prefixes, and write phrases, sentences and paragraphs. They are also taught the phonetic rules and generalizations of the English language. Rather than a weekly spelling list, children work with a dictation paragraph that provides practice with punctuation, capitalization, and language mechanics, as well as spelling. Through this carefully guided approach, they learn to put these skills to functional use while developing confidence in their own abilities for written expression.

A structured phonetic approach to teaching decoding helps the students become successful in reading individual words and learning the structure of the English language. In preparation for reading, students learn how words go together in phrases to create meaning and learn the vocabulary that will be needed to understand a reading selection. The teacher then carefully structures that selection to develop fluency and comprehension of the passage.

Classroom Success With the Slingerland® Approach

The Slingerland® Approach is a supportive instructional program that encourages academic competence, effective work habits and self-discipline. Students gain self-confidence and enthusiasm for learning as they experience success in school.

Slingerland® certified teachers consistently provide the specialized instruction needed for children with dyslexia to unlock the rich world of written and spoken language. This prevents students from falling through the cracks of a conventional classroom. It is a very cost-effective way for school districts to fulfill their commitment to educate children with dyslexia.

Some school districts use the Slingerland® Approach in all their primary classrooms. This creates an enhanced learning experience for all children, while providing specific help for the dyslexic population. Test scores reflect the effectiveness of this multi-sensory structured language instruction.

Advantages of The Slingerland® Approach

  • A simultaneous, multi-sensory, total language approach
  • Research Bases Success
  • Usable in any classroom setting
  • Usability with any reading materials
  • Meets instructional needs of children in general education and those with dyslexia or those experiencing language difficulties
  • Successful * Efficient * Proven * Cost-effective

Wilson Language Training®

Whether caused by dyslexia or some other language-based learning difficulty, a late introduction to English or over-reliance on whole language programs, this deficit must be corrected by direct, multi-sensory, structured language teaching.

The mission of Wilson Language Training® is to provide teachers with the skills and tools they need to help their students become fluent, independent readers. We prepare teachers to use our multi-sensory, structured language programs and strategies to successfully teach reading and spelling.

Alphabetic Phonics®

Alphabetic Phonics is a multi-sensory curriculum, based on the Orton-Gillingham, that teaches the structure of the English language.  This phonetic program teaches reading, handwriting, spelling, written expression, and comprehension, by simultaneously engaging the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic modalities.

Alphabetic Phonic combines all three learning modalities: auditory for spelling; visual for reading; kinesthetic for handwriting. Two of the key features of Alphabetic Phonics are the Instant Spelling and the Initial Reading Deck. The Instant Spelling is a daily 3-minute drill that focuses on the most probable spelling of each of the forty-four speech sounds. The Initial Reading Deck is a set of 98 cards with pictured key words (chosen by students) to “unlock” each sound.

In Alphabetic Phonics, benchmark measures geared exactly to the curriculum were added to provide periodic proof of students’ progress in reading, spelling, handwriting, and alphabetizing; and are designed both to guide the teachers’ presentation pace and to enhance the student’s confidence.

DTP (Dyslexia Training Program)

The Dyslexia Training Program at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is a highly successful Tier III Reading Intervention Program that provides intensive phonics instruction to children with dyslexia.

The Dyslexia Training Program is a comprehensive, two-year program that bridges the gap for school districts in which a trained dyslexia therapist or appropriately trained teacher is not available.


Over the last 15 years, we have seen a growing consensus among researchers and theories in the field of reading and literacy. This consensus has centered on several important factors related to reading and literacy instruction that appear to be solidly based on research, indicating that they have powerful influences on achievement.

These Key Factors Are:

  • Exemplary instruction
  • Explicit, systematic instruction in concept and word
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Phonological Awareness Instruction
  • Explicit, systematic, and sequenced instruction on sound/symbol relationships
  • Direct instruction in vocabulary, fluency, and reading comprehension
  • Rich,  integrated experiences in reading and literacy; reading text reinforces concepts taught
  • Explicit, systematic, sequential instruction in spelling, handwriting, written language, and oral expression.



Dyslexia Center of Utah


Follow Us