At Decoding Dyslexia – TN, we highly recommend the Orton-Gillingham methodology. There are many programs based in this methodology. Some reading programs that our parents have seen success with are SPIRE, Wilson Reading, Slingerland, Take Flight, Barton Reading and Spelling, and several others. The website Dyslexia Reading Well does an excellent job of summing up programs that are research or evidence based to work for children who have dyslexia, as well as outlining programs that will not work. If you have questions about a specific program, please visit our Facebook Chat Group as we have several very knowledgeable parents who are active members.
It is important to know that not all public schools are using programs that work. It is important that you double check and make sure your child is getting an intervention designed for students with dyslexia. Your child has a legal right under the Tennessee Say Dyslexia Law to get dyslexia-specific interventions in the RTI2 Tiers. (See our RTI2 and Dyslexia Screening in Tennessee page.) Do not just take their word that it works. Do your homework!
Many public school districts have a dyslexia specific program that schools in that district use. For example, Metro Nashville Public Schools tends to use Wilson Reading which is a solid Orton-Gillingham program. If you are in the public school system, it is worth a phone call to the Special Education Department to see what program their teachers tend to be trained on. You can also ask your school principal which program students with dyslexia in the building use.
If you need help figuring out weather your school is using an appropriate intervention for your child with dyslexia or characteristics of dyslexia, please refer to the Tennessee Dyslexia Guide. In Section VIII and Appendix H, the Guide clearly sets out the type of intervention schools are required to give students with dyslexia. The Guide does not name Orton-Gillingham programs specifically, but it is a good tool to show your school as you make an argument for your child to get appropriate intervention.