Literacy Benefits from Educational Therapy

Our literacy programs take advantage of educational therapy practices, engaging learners using multisensory, evidence-based methodologies that develop reading and writing skills more effectively than traditional tutoring.

Every child learns differently.

At Learnfully, we know the struggles that all learners face when it comes to literacy, especially ones with learning differences like ADHD, ASD, and Dyslexia. Science proves that providing personalized, strengths-based instruction improves a learner’s achievement and outcomes.

Why Educational Therapy is Better

Compared to tutoring, learners in education-therapy-focused instruction benefit from experienced specialists trained in leading research-based interventions and teaching strategies. It has proven more effective for neurodivergent learners, like those diagnosed with ADHD, ASD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and other learning differences.

Tutors

  • focus on specific academic objectives
  • require no training or credentials
  • may only assess academic achievement
  • have limited engagement with child’s care team

Educational
Therapists

  • target underlying sensory-cognitive functions
  • require extensive, specialized training
  • assess child’s holistic learning profile
  • act as case manager and collaborator

Orton-Gillingham®

Orton–Gillingham® (OG) is a structured multisensory phonics methodology that was designed to help struggling readers. It introduced the idea of breaking reading and spelling into smaller processes, teaching the connections between letters and sounds using a direct and explicit cognitive learning approach. Many reading programs use ideas that OG introduced.


For Learners:

  • With Learning Differences
  • Without Learning Differences
  • Behind in Reading
  • With Dyslexia
For learners who learn best
visually
auditorily
physically

who need help with spelling, reading fluency, reading comprehension, and vocabulary.

“I’m spunky, active but feel disconnected from school, especially during independent reading.”

“I’m spunky, active but feel disconnected from school, especially during independent reading.”

Handwriting Without Tears®

Handwriting Without Tears® (HWT) is a developmentally based multisensory program that helps K-5 students build crucial skills for early writing and handwriting success. Created by an occupational therapist, the program leverages research on the different ways children learn, and it is designed to advance a child’s fine motor and visual skills using fun, interactive, and developmentally appropriate activities.

 
For Learners:

  • With Learning Differences
  • Without Learning Differences
  • Behind in Writing
  • With Dysgraphia
  • With an attention disorder (ADD/HD)
  • With fine motor weaknesses
For learners who learn best
visually
auditorily
physically
who need help developing emergent writing skills, phonics skills, and fine motor skills.

“I love to tell stories and talk with my friends, but I avoid writing at all costs because it is so hard for me.”

“I love to tell stories and talk with my friends, but I avoid writing at all costs because it is so hard for me.”

Wilson Reading System®

The Wilson Reading System® (WRS) is a structured intensive intervention literacy program based on phonological-coding research and Orton-Gillingham® principles, and it is the basis for all Wilson products. It directly and systematically teaches the structure of the English language. Learners in the program master fluent decoding and encoding skills.

 

For Learners:

  • With Learning Differences
  • Behind in Reading
  • With Dyslexia
For learners who learn best
visually
auditorily
physically

who need help with spelling, reading fluency, reading comprehension, and vocabulary.

“I am creative and bright, but reading a book takes forever and is the last thing I want to do. I like audiobooks better because I can make a picture of the story in my mind.”

“I am creative and bright, but reading a book takes forever and is the last thing I want to do. I like audiobooks better because I can make a picture of the story in my mind.”

Step Up To Writing®

Step Up to Writing® (SUTW) is a comprehensive set of multisensory resources and instructional strategies developed to teach writing to learners of all abilities using an explicit, systematic approach. Used in grades K-12, it focuses on the complete writing process, teaching each phase of writing and helping students organize their thoughts.

 

For Learners:

  • With Learning Differences
  • Without Learning Differences
  • Behind in Writing
  • Who struggle with Organization
For learners who learn best
visually
auditorily
physically
who need help understanding the process of writing and improving the quality of their writing.

“I’m overwhelmed by my teacher’s directions and talking in general, I love to play, work on art projects and write my own stories. I prefer free time with my friends.”

“I’m overwhelmed by my teacher’s directions and talking in general, I love to play, work on art projects and write my own stories. I prefer free time with my friends.”

Lucy Calkin’s Reader’s & Writer’s Workshop®

Lucy Calkins’ Reading and Writing programs use a workshop model, where an instructor teaches strategies and habits for effective reading and writing, then learners practice them independently while the instructor acts as a coach. The programs are student-centered and emphasize individual work and practice time over direct instruction time, allowing learners to develop confidence in themselves and appreciation for comprehension and language expression.

 
For Learners:

  • With Learning Differences
  • Without Learning Differences
  • Behind in Writing or Reading
For learners who learn best
visually
kinesthetically
who need help with motivation and building their confidence in reading or writing.

“I am a voracious reader, love to learn, but I cannot see the purpose in writing so I don’t really give it my all. I’d much rather draw.”

“I am a voracious reader, love to learn, but I cannot see the purpose in writing so I don’t really give it my all. I’d much rather draw.”

Lindamood-Bell®

Lindamood–Bell® (LB) is a multisensory learning approach based on the highly structured Orton–Gillingham approach. It originated in clinical settings in the 1960s, and was later adapted for school-based settings. It focuses on the sensory-cognitive processing necessary for reading, comprehension and mathematics, and helps learners who struggle with reading or have other learning differences.

 
For Learners:

  • With Learning Differences
  • Behind in Reading, Writing, or Math
  • With Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, or Dyscalculia
  • On The Autism Spectrum
  • With an Attention Disorder (ADD/HD)
For learners who learn best
visually
auditorily
physically

who need help making fundamental cognitive connections between sounds, letters, and words, or need help visualizing concepts and math functions.

“I like to design and work on my own projects and stories, and school seems to get in the way. Why do I need to know math when I am older anyway?”

“I like to design and work on my own projects and stories, and school seems to get in the way. Why do I need to know math when I am older anyway?”

Learnfully is not Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes. Learnfully is not affiliated with, certified, endorsed, licensed, monitored or sponsored by Lindamood-Bell, Nanci Bell, Phyllis Lindamood or Patricia Lindamood. Lindamood-Bell—an international organization creating and implementing unique instructional methods and programs for quality intervention to advance language and literacy skills—in no way endorses or monitors the services provided by Learnfully.
What parents are saying
“With all of the time the kids have been online this year for school, I was worried that they would be burnt out and not engage virtually. My fears were immediately alleviated and have been ever since. I am so grateful that we have Learnfully to support our family!”

Jan, mom of 3rd Grader
Orton-Gillingham Program

“Learnfully came across my radar at the perfect time to help with this transition! Jess reached out and reviewed the reports, expertly recommended our Educational Specialist, Erin, and the kids were off and running with highly targeted tutoring sessions in just a few weeks!”

Steve, dad of 5th Grader
Handwriting without Tears

Learning Begins with Literacy​

While parents often seek academic support in areas like math or science, it’s usually an underlying literacy issue that’s really to blame for learning gaps.


Our education specialists have crafted a curated guide of resources that align to the personalized learning needs of each child.