Staff at the Hudson Literacy Clinic have been specifically trained to teach reading and writing in a highly structured, explicity taught, multisensory capacity. We employ a targeted intervention method based on the Orton-Gillingham Approach whereby students develop literacy skills using visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile senses simultaneously. During a typical lesson, all neuro-pathways in the brain (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile) are engaged at the same time. Brain study research has shown this approach to significantly enhance memory storage and retrieval capabilities.
Sensory methodology incorporates the development of phonological and phonemic awareness in its earliest stages and emphasizes the use of all the senses to acquire these skills. Lessons and material presented follow a logical sequence starting with the easiest and most basic elements and progresses methodically to more difficult material. Each step systematically reviews concepts already taught in the previous lesson(s) to reinforce both retention and retrieval abilities. New skills are introduced only when the student is ready and he/she has shown mastery of the previously taught concept(s). Every learner is unique, and, as such, we proceed at a pace that is specific to the needs of the individual.
Research has acknowledged that methods based on the Orton-Gillingham Approach to be the most effective intervention system for anyone struggling with reading and writing skills, and has shown to be especially effective for individuals with dyslexia.
"Go as fast as you can, but as slowly as you must."