Language Learning Disabilities Class, K-12
The language learning disabilities program is designed to provide specialized instruction to students who struggle with language-based learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, communication impairments, ADHD, or other language processing disorders. The program incorporates multisensory programming and small group learning, following the principles of Orton Gillingham, a highly regarded and evidence-based approach for teaching individuals with language-based learning disabilities.
The program is delivered by teachers who are certified in Orton Gillingham and have received specialized training in working with students with language and learning disabilities. The teachers are experienced in differentiating instruction to meet the unique needs of each student, and they provide individualized support to help students develop their language skills to their fullest potential.
The multisensory programming approach is a key component of the program. It engages students in learning through multiple senses, such as seeing, hearing, touching, and moving. This approach allows students to use different modalities to process information, which can be especially beneficial for students with language processing difficulties. For example, students may use visual aids, such as letter cards or word cards, to help them recognize and remember letters and words. They may also engage in kinesthetic activities, such as tracing letters in sand or using manipulatives to build words, to reinforce their learning.
Small group learning is another important feature of the program. Students work in small groups, typically ranging from two to six students, to ensure that they receive individualized attention from the teacher. This allows the teacher to closely monitor the progress of each student and provide immediate feedback and support. Small group learning also encourages peer interaction and collaboration, which can boost motivation and social skills.
The Orton Gillingham approach is integrated into the program, providing structured, sequential, and cumulative instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, decoding, encoding, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Lessons are carefully planned and tailored to meet the individual needs of each student, and progress is continuously monitored to ensure that students are making gains in their language skills.