Structured Literacy

Research demonstrates that a Structured Literacy program is the most effective way to help students who have dyslexia, other severe reading challenges, language processing issues, and/or poor writing and spelling skills. In fact, current research shows that a Structured Literacy program is the best way to teach all children how to read. This is why Path 1 of The Academy Way is Structured Literacy. We believe this is the most important of all 5 Paths and is the most critical element of our school program. 

As stated by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), “Successful literacy instruction and interventions provide a strong core of highly explicit, systematic teaching of foundation skills such as decoding and spelling skills, as well as explicit teaching of other important components of literacy such as vocabulary, comprehension, and writing and provides the primary effectiveness of our approach.”

A Structured Literacy program includes the following elements as defined by the IDA: 

  • Phonology
  • Sound-Symbol Association
  • Syllable Instruction
  • Morphology
  • Syntax
  • Semantics

You can find more specifics about the above elements in the IDA Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know

At The Academy NJ, we utilize the Wilson Reading System as our Structured Literacy program. All of our teachers have the necessary training, experience, and licenses/certifications from Wilson in order to teach your child effectively.   

We encourage you to learn more about Structured Literacy practices by clicking this link containing additional information from the IDA.