Center for Dyslexia Studies
Fairleigh Dickinson University offers a variety of programs which train teachers in the use of the Orton Gillingham approach, an explicit, direct, multisensory structured, phonetic approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling. The Language Tool Kit is the specific approach presented. Extensive and supervised practicum are an essential component of each program.
Of the various remedial methods in use for teaching students with dyslexia, the Orton-Gillingham approach is the most effective. This structured, phonic, rule-based, multisensory approach to teaching reading, spelling and handwriting is considered one of the most valuable methods available for use with these students.
Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist Training Programs
The Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist Training course consists of programs tailored for regular classroom teachers and teachers of special education who wish to develop expertise in Orton-Gillingham. Accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC), these programs provide teachers with a basic framework within which they can make decisions about adapting instructional sequences to the specific needs of individual students.
The following certificates are offered:
- FDU Orton-Gillingham Teacher Certificate
- FDU Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist Certificate
- FDU Orton-Gillingham Teacher Trainer Certificate
- FDU Orton-Gillingham Therapist Certificate
- FDU Orton-Gillingham Therapist Trainer Certificate
Center for Clinical Teaching
FDU's Center for Clinical Teaching, located on the Metropolitan Campus, provides an on-site setting where students in these programs can learn and practice the skills of clinical teaching under faculty supervision. Students are trained to provide instruction that is individualized to accommodate learners' needs, styles and interests.
At the center, students are taught to monitor learners' progress continuously and adjust instructional plans accordingly. They work to establish supportive relationships with learners to boost self-confidence and improve attitudes toward learning. An inventory of current diagnostic and instructional materials is maintained at the center.