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Our program was designed with your dyslexic student in mind. The program's creator, Jane Milan, has spent the last 25 years developing and refining our approach with feedback from countless students living with dyslexia and other learning differences. In each session, your child will get to experience a variety of different games and activities, specially tailored to their interests, needs and strengths. Students will "graduate" from our program reading at or above grade-level.
At YokyWorks, we take a strengths-based approach in our work with students with dyslexia, informed by the findings of prominent researchers like Professor Maryanne Wolf, Brock L Eide M.D., M.A., and Fernette F. Eide M.D. We know that dyslexia is a learning difference that makes it difficult to acquire reading fluency through conventional methods of instruction, but we also know that it is a source of profound creativity and innovation. Neuroscientists find that the average dyslexic brain is more symmetrical and has 10% more brain mass than the non-dyslexic brain. Researchers hypothesize that this 10% is what contributes to many of the gifts which are common amongst people with dyslexia such as increased empathy, athleticism, advanced 3D spatial reasoning, and artistic and musical talent.
Our program consists of 1:1 50-minute sessions, given a couple of times a week, and lasts for 6-12 months depending on the student's learning style and starting point. When a student with dyslexia begins our program they can expect a fun, engaging, and individualized instruction from one of our experienced education specialists. Our program sets the foundation for fluent reading with Milan Method techniques by guiding the student on an exciting and colorful multisensory journey of experimentation and self discovery. Along the way, the student will develop their ability to perceive, differentiate, and manipulate the sounds in spoken language, all of which are crucial stepping stones in the cultivation of reading and spelling skills, especially for students with dyslexia.
After building this strong foundation in perceiving, ordering, and visually representing the sounds they hear and feel in our language, the dyslexic learner is ready to move into the final phase of the program. In this portion of our Milan Method program, the student will learn to associate the sounds that they can see, feel, and hear with the letter combinations used to represent these sounds in the English language. By the end of our program students with dyslexia will not only be able to read at or above grade level, they will also gain the confidence and self efficacy to become life-long learners. Our education specialists will ensure that your child looks forward to learning with us (but be warned...they may never want to leave!).
Pre-Assessment—This is how we get to know your student in order to best serve them. We work to understand their starting point and begin to develop an individualized approach to best support their needs and learner profile.
Sound Land—A multi-sensory approach to rewire the brain's ability to hear spoken sounds in language. This is done without using letters. Students graduate Sound Land when they can successfully track 4-5 sounds.
Midpoint Assessment—This is where we check student progress following the completion of Sound Land.
Bridge—The bridge to Letter Land is the transition point for students moving to the next stage of the program.
Letter Land—A multi-sensory approach to work on structured literacy grounded in Orton-Gillingham principles. Students graduate when they are reading at or above grade level with confidence.
Post-Assessment—Following the completion of Letter Land, we check student progress for a final time and show growth through the entire program by comparing results with pre and midpoint assessments.