Multi-Sensory Reading Program
The Wilson Reading System (WRS) is a research-based program designed for
individuals who have difficulty with written language in the areas of
decoding and spelling. One of the distinguishing
characteristics of the Wilson Reading System is that it was developed
for students beyond grade 3. It is used widely with middle school students,
adolescents and adults. Originally written for older individuals with
dyslexia, the program has expanded to also target the needs of students
who have been unsuccessful with other reading programs or those who still
have gaps in their decoding and/or spelling abilities. The
program also works with students who are able to speak and understand,
but not read or write English.
The Wilson Reading System is a 12-Step reading and writing program. WRS
directly teaches the structure of words in the English language with an
organized, sequential system. It provides a complete
curriculum for teaching decoding and spelling, beginning with phoneme
segmentation. Unlike other programs that overwhelm the students with rules,
the language system of English is presented in a very systematic and cumulative
manner so that it is manageable. It also has extensive controlled text
so that students can master the coding system for reading and spelling.
From the beginning steps of the program, it includes
sight word instruction, vocabulary, oral expressive language development,
and comprehension. Visualization techniques are used for comprehension.
The Wilson System is...
Students learn through straightforward, interactive learning, addressing
head-on the concepts that govern the structure of written English.
The 12 Steps of the Wilson Reading System guide the student through the
pitfalls of decoding and encoding in English, teaching them to trust the
English language as a reliable system - from the start.
Students work from sounds to syllables, Words to sentences, stories to
books, learning the structure of English through constant repetition and
review. Each Step builds on the one before. Steps 1-6 give students the
basics -establishing a solid foundation. Steps 7-12 cover more advanced
concepts. Students experience constant repetition through the cumulative
presentation to help them learn the concepts thoroughly.
Lessons are very interactive. Students learn by hearing sounds; manipulating
color-coded sound, syllable and word cards; performing finger-tapping
exercises; writing down spoken words and sentences; reading aloud, repeating
what they have read in their own words, and hearing others read as well.
Skills and knowledge are reinforced through visual, auditory, kinesthetic
and tactile senses and they are learned to mastery.