The Barton Reading & Spelling System was developed by Susan Barton to teach people with dyslexia to read and spell. It was designed for children, teenagers, or adults. The Barton Reading & Spelling System is influenced by the Orton-Gillingham method and is approved by the California Department of Education. It is supported by independent scientific research and is recommended as “best practices” for students with dyslexia by the National Institutes of Health. It assures that phonemic awareness skills necessary for reading success (according to the NIH) are in place. It provides phonics instruction, applying sounds to symbols, along with the teaching of logical spelling rules so the student knows which spelling to apply for the sound that is heard.
By using using techniques proven to be effective with dyslexia, the student learns to read and spell through multi-sensory methods. Concepts are taught in a logical sequence with logical reasoning that makes sense to the learner. Spelling improves along with reading accuracy and fluency. Susan Barton designed the Barton Reading & Spelling System with an in-depth understanding of the weaknesses and strengths of dyslexia as reflected in the direct and explicit instruction, the careful sequencing, and the cumulative scope of the lessons. The Barton Reading & Spelling System (click to watch a demo) will greatly improve the spelling, reading, and writing skills of students who struggle due to dyslexia or a learning disability; however, it is effective for any struggling reader.