Dyslexia & Literacy Support
in the Brampton/Mississauga Area
There are wide range of services and options available from Learn Literacy for the following types of students with:
-language-based learning disabilities.
-weaknesses in reading and/or writing that need remediation and strengthening.
-good literacy skills but would like to have them refined to reach the next level.
For any child, the following types of services are available:
• Assessment to determine literacy status and strengths/weaknesses.
• Development of an individualized program of study that addresses weaknesses and reinforces strengths.
• Reading programs: Genre study, comprehension strategies, phonics skills, word study/vocabulary development.
• Writing programs: Genre study, Traits of Writing, creative writing, traditional essay/ report writing.
• Reading- Writing connection- link reading/writing tasks so that literacy learning reinforces itself.
Literacy services will be taught using a variety of approaches:
-Orton-Gillingham (OG) Multi-Sensory Structured Literacy
This is the original method of dyslexia remediation. It is a sequential, cumulative, explicit, direct, multisensory approach that involves introducing and teaching what the child needs to read. This method combines various modes of learning (visual, auditory, kinaesthetic, and tactile) to teach a child the way the English language works. The student will see how our language is made up of patterns that they can master and follow to read successfully. To learn more about OG, go to the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators website. Cheryl Urbanczyk is listed as an Associate Level Tutor on with the Academy and is in training at the Certified Level.
-Structured Word Inquiry (SWI)
SWI, also known as Scientific Word Investigation, focuses on understanding words through the scientific method. Words are studied using four aspects: sense/meaning; how it is built; related words; letters in the word. The focus on understanding both the word structure (prefixes, base, suffixes) in conjunction with word relatives provide a very rich learning experience that encompasses many aspects of literacy: spelling, reading, vocabulary, comprehension. To learn more about SWI, go to Word Works Kingston website.
The strength of this approach is in helping the student to focus and to correct their orientation (correct way of reading/ writing letters- not flipped or inverted). The method involves connecting visual and kinaesthetic pathways through the use of clay models.
-Best Practices endorsed by the Ministry of Education of Ontario
As a Reading Specialist, Writing Teacher, and member of the Ontario College of Teachers, I have extensively studied and used methods and strategies that are considered “best practices” in the teaching of literacy. These teaching practices are recommended by the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat, a group formed by the Ministry of Education of Ontario tasked with improving literacy.
Because I am very aware of a variety of methods of teaching literacy, I can successfully blend them into a customized program that will best suit the learning needs of each child and will lead them to meet their goals.