has exceeded all of our expectations."
"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."
instruction is designed to increase accuracy in decoding
and word recognition skills, which in turn facilitate
National Reading Panel: Report 2000
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.