Recently an article was published by the Monadnock Ledger-Transcipt, regarding the Windy Row Learning Center in Peterborough, and how they are helping children with dyslexia read better. What is the difference between the methods used here versus in their schools? Simply put the training is one-on-one, which gives these children more time with tutors, and hands-on activities to help them overcome the effects of this neurological disorder.
An interview with a former tutor, Sandy Aborn, gave insight into the methods being used at Windy Row, and how she was able to help make such a difference in the lives of young children struggling with dyslexia.
The Windy Row Difference
You might be wondering why Windy Row Learning Center stands out in the crowd, but it’s really all about their approach to offering help to students and to teachers. Isn’t it important that teachers get ample training to work with children that struggle with dyslexia? Aborn was a struggling reader, so she easily identifies with these students and she gets why their unique methods work.
The interesting twist on the methods used at Windy Row, is that the hands-on activities are interactive games and dance skits. Generally, it seems that most information published today on dyslexia only mentions reading glasses, and other visual aids but nothing quite as interactive as what Windy Row is using.
Aborn is passionate about what Windy Row is doing, because she believes that reading opens doors for children. Windy Row opened its doors in 2003, and is the only one-on-one tutoring center for dyslexia as well as dyscalculia, which is learning disorder with Math.
According to Sharon Bailly, the chair of the Trustees of Windy Row, nearly 10% of the population is dyslexic. Bailly says that it’s likely to show up by the time the child reaches the second or third grade. Bailly points out that up until this time, early education focuses on teaching children to read. Once children reach second and third grade, they begin to read for the purpose of retaining knowledge.
It’s important that children learn to read on schedule; otherwise they could start falling behind. Falling behind in reading means falling behind in life. The methods being used by Windy Row tutors is based upon the Orton-Gilligham method, which was developed in the 20’s and 30’s by Samuel T. Orton, and Anna Gillingham, an educator. The methods focus on the use of:
- Kinesthetic and…
- What some refer to as tactile techniques
Teaching children to read in a systematic fashion is best for those with dyslexia, and it’s not so bad to think outside the box when it comes to helping these children read.
We hope that you found this article helpful and encouraging in finding ways to help your struggling reader. To learn more, you can visit our website at www.ireadbetternow.com.