Succeeding with Learning Differences Like Dyslexia

If you have dyslexia or you have a child that does then you are already with familiar with the learning difficulties it can present. It is imperative that your child’s school offers the proper tools and techniques to help them succeed. Holy Family School is taking steps to ensure that their students are never left behind due to dyslexia.

So what is dyslexia? It simply means that your brain thinks differently, making reading and spelling more difficult. According to The International Dyslexia Association, “Dyslexia is a neurological condition caused by a different wiring of the brain. There is no cure for dyslexia and individuals with this condition must learn coping strategies…reading instruction [must be] based upon a systematic and explicit understanding of language structure, including phonics. This reading instruction goes by many names, Structured Literacy, Orton-Gillingham, Simultaneous Multisensory, Explicit Phonics, and others.”

Holy Family School is helping these students to succeed through the GAINS Program (Getting Ahead in School). GAINS is for students who learn differently from their peers. This program provides a one-on-one setting where the students work with a trained GAINS instructor twice a week.

According to Holy Family School, The Barton Reading and Spelling System is one of the best ways to teach students with learning differences, like dyslexia. This Orton-Gillingham influenced approach helps students get a deeper understanding and build a foundation for learning. As with all students, the school’s goal is to help students thrive.

Holy Family School is located at 1301 Rollin Street, South Pasadena. Call (626) 799­4354 or visit to learn more about them.


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