Learning Disabilities and The Writing Road to Reading


Students diagnosed with a reading disability require a reading program that can meet their particular needs. The Writing Road to Reading is that program.


The Spalding Method reading instruction is explicit and systematic. Explicit means that important skills and knowledge are taught directly by the teacher. Systematic means that there is a planned and logical sequence of instruction that proceeds from the simple to the complex. In addition, Spalding instruction is multisensory. Students see, hear, say, and write using all channels to the brain, the stronger channels reinforcing the weaker.

The Writing Road to Reading uses high frequency words that are already part of most students' spoken vocabularies. Students begin by learning to decode the words they will encounter most often in text, an advantage for students with learning disabilities and all students.

Some students struggle with reading but do not have a reading disability. These students may require more time to learn or they may have received poor initial instruction. Because Spalding is a diagnostic method, it can be differentiated to meet the needs of these students as well.

The Writing Road to Reading incorporates all the components of effective instruction identified by the National Reading Panel:


Finally, The Writing Road to Reading integrates the teaching of spelling, writing and reading, including punctuation, syllable division, word meanings and usage, syntax, and morphology, so language is taught as a unified whole just as students experience it in their lives.