All students who have not mastered the written code can benefit from a Multisensory Structured Language approach.
Dyslexia is a difficulty in the use and processing of linguistic and symbolic codes, alphabetic letters representing speech sounds or numeric symbols representing numbers or quantities.
Such difficulty is reflected in the language continuum that includes spoken language, written language and language comprehension. Dyslexia is not the result of neurological damage; it is the product of neurological development. Dyslexia often runs in families and varies from mild to severe.
Most importantly, the use of an MSL approach by a knowledgeable and experienced teacher/educator can significantly moderate the language learning and processing problems that arise from dyslexia. Indeed, the approach, used early enough and by qualified instructors/therapists has every likelihood of eliminating the emergence of notable reading and writing problems.
The MSL Approach is language based, multisensory approach, structured, sequential, cumulative, cognitive, and flexible. Its breadth, perspective, and flexibility prompt use of the term approach instead of method. This approach is also emotionally sound; in every session the student experiences a high degree of success and gains confidence as well as skill. Learning becomes a rewarding and happy experience.
The MSL approach is appropriate for teaching individuals, small groups and in the classroom.
It is appropriate for teaching in the primary, secondary, college and university levels as well as adults.
The explicit focus of the approach has been and continues to be upon persons with the kinds of language processing problems associated with dyslexia. Early intervention is highly desirable, but it is never too late to begin!
Samuel Torrey Orton (1878-1948), a neuropsychologist and pathologist, was a pioneer in focusing attention on reading failure and related language processing difficulties. He brought together neuroscientific information and principles of remediation. As early as the 1920's, he had extensively studied children with the kind of language processing difficulties now associated with dyslexia and had formulated a set of teaching principles and practices for such children.
Anna Gillingham (1878-1963) was a gifted educator and psychologist with a superb mastery of the language. Working with Dr Orton, she trained teachers and complied and published instructional materials. Over the last half of the century the OG approach has been the seminal and most influential intervention designed expressively for remediating the language processing problems of children and adults with dyslexia.
Jodi Clements B.Ed/Sp.Ed(Inclusive) UON, AUS., OG Assoc.Certified.,T/AOGPE, Kildonan TI, USA, MSL, AMADA Cert, ADA, AUS, PG Linguistic studies MQU, D.Ed Dyslexia Research approved candidate UTAS, AUS. Jodi was trained in the US at the Kildonan TI by dyslexia and OG experts Diana Hanbury King and Karen Leopold both past IDA Board Members and current AOGPE academy fellows and Board Members of AOGPE. Over years, Jodi lived with Diana and worked at her renowned Camp Dunnabeck, New York and the (Kildonan School, Amenia, New York). Diana Hanbury King was trained by Anna Gillingham herself and has been a recipient of the prestigious Orton Award for her long life devotion to teaching children with dyslexia. Diana was a founding member of the Orton Society now known as the International Dyslexia Association (USA). At the 2013 IDA conference in New Orleans, Diana Hanbury King received the Margaret Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award for her lifelong dedication to the field. Jodi was with Diana at her acceptance speech where she made mention of Jodi's dedication to bring her training to Australia. Diana Hanbury King many years ago founded AOGPE (USA) and the Kildonan School (NY, USA). A film made about her life achievements called "One by One" by talented and dyslexic film maker, Harvey Hubbell. Diana is highly respected by all who train and work in this field, she is considered one of the best OG instructors (dyslexia,language and literacy) in the world. Diana has now retired, Karen is actively training and Jodi, Karen and Diana remain very close friends.