Multi-sensory literacy programmes are structured, sequential, cumulative, and they build in lots of opportunities for repetition and over-learning. The Orton-Gillingham method was the original multi-sensory programme designed to teach pupils with dyslexia. All good multi-sensory programmes follow similar structures. The following are some commonly used multi-sensory programmes:
- Alpha to Omega (Hornsby and Shear)
- The Bangor Dyslexia Teaching System (Elaine Miles)
- The Hickey Multi-Sensory Language Course (Augur & Briggs, Eds.)
- Toe by Toe (Keta Cowling)
- Jolly Phonics
- The Wilson Reading System
The educational psychology assessment report is incredibly important when developing a plan for literacy tuition. It identifies the student’s learning strengths and weaknesses, as well as giving details on current literacy levels. This provides a very useful starting point for literacy development work. The psychologist’s report may also identify specific areas which need to be addressed, for example revision of letter-sound correspondence, knowledge of spelling rules. Learners with dyslexia need to be taught all the rules and exceptions of English reading and spelling in an organised manner.