Monthly Archives: May 2015

Gym Class for the Brain


For the past 10 years it has been my privilege to be involved with children who have some form of learning differences. For the past 5 years, I have worked mainly with students identified with dyslexia. These have been some of the most creative, intelligent, and fun kids to work with.

However, when we first start working together, they are usually in a state ranging from mild frustration to having given up on school. They are smart enough to know that for some reason they just aren’t “getting” the whole reading/writing/spelling thing, but they can’t figure out why. Usually they assume it has to be something wrong with them.

I always tell my students the first day we work together that everyone learns differently. Their brain simply needs a different way to learn how to use letters and sounds for reading, spelling, and writing. It has nothing to do with how smart they are, it has everything to do with finding the right game plan.

Enter….Structured Language Therapy! It’s like gym class for the brain. Through targeted strategies based on Orton-Gillingham principles, we re-wire the cognitive processes of the brain so that it remembers how to retrieve and use the sounds and symbols of our language.

It’s amazing to see a student progress through a Structured Language Program, coming out at the end not only reading, but actually enjoying, diving into the same chapter books their friends are reading!

This is one of my favorite videos to share with students, produced by Dyslexic Advantage:


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