"Learning House has exceeded all of our expectations."   -parent

"So they got me going to this place in Guilford called Learning House. It was one of the best life choices I think I have made."
-adolescent student

"Systematic phonics instruction is designed to increase accuracy in decoding and word recognition skills, which in turn facilitate comprehension.”
National Reading Panel: Report 2000

"Phonological and phonemic awareness are essential prerequisites for learning to read and write in an alphabetic system.”
Connecticut’s Blueprint for Reading Achievement

If you are interested in student instruction, student evaluation, Orton-Gillingham training, or professional development, please visit our contact page.

 

OUR SERVICES

Instruction
Instruction is based on the Orton-Gillingham Approach and is supported by current research. An initial assessment establishes a base line to reach our goal for students to master literacy through strategic individualized reading, spelling, and writing instruction, provided one-on-one or in a small group. Our individualized instruction abides by the recommendations of the National Reading Panel, Connecticut’s Blueprint for Reading Achievement, and Put Reading First Legislation. An eclectic approach can be developed based on individual needs. Math instruction is also available. Academic support and standardized test preparation is another established instructional component at Learning House.

Evaluation
A team comprised of a psychologist, educator, and speech-language pathologist conducts our multidisciplinary, psycho diagnostic evaluations. Reading and writing, as well as more limited screening assessments are also conducted. Clinical interviews, cognitive testing, standardized academic achievement, informal and criterion-referenced tests, processing tests, speech and language measurements, personality, adaptive behavior, and other behavior tests are given and observation in school may occur. Our primary aim is for our clients to learn about their unique individual profile and to make recommendations that foster educational and personal success. We also facilitate the implementation of our recommendations with consultation for home and at school as well as attending PPT meetings.

Orton-Gillingham Training
Susan Santora, Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, provides Orton-Gillingham course work and practicum at all levels of Academy certification, in accordance with the philosophy, curriculum, and standards established by the Academy. The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) is the only organization established and authorized to set standards, certify persons, and accredit programs for Orton-Gillingham practice.

Professional Development
Learning House focuses professional development on informing and training classroom and special education teachers in research based reading and writing instruction, evaluation, and early school screening. Full and half day presentations, and observation and consultation with individual teachers or school teams are offered in schools.