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What is the Wilson Reading System™?

Our Wilson Reading tutors and teachers are certified to teach this research-based reading and writing program known as The Wilson Reading Program. It is a complete curriculum for teaching decoding and encoding (spelling) beginning with phoneme segmentation. Different from many reading programs online, The Wilson Reading System is face to face with the student and directly teaches the structure of words in the English language so that students master the coding system for reading and spelling. Unlike other special education reading programs that overwhelm the student with rules, the language system of English is presented in a systematic and cumulative manner so that it is manageable. It provides an organized, sequential system with extensive controlled text to help teachers implement a multisensory structured language program.

The Wilson Reading System™ is designed for use with individuals who have difficulty with written language in the areas of decoding and spelling. The program is generally taught to students beginning with the upper elementary grades, through adult. Many students who benefit from WRS have deficiencies in phonologic awareness and/or orthographic processing which makes it challenging to learn to read and spell without an explicit, systematic, and multisensory approach. The Wilson Reading Program specifically addresses the learning style of students with a language based learning disability; however, it is beneficial to any student lacking basic reading and spelling skills.


Students learn through straightforward, interactive learning, addressing head-on the concepts that govern the structure of written English.


The 12 Steps of the Wilson Reading System™ guide the student through the pitfalls of decoding and encoding, teaching them to trust the English language as a reliable system from the start.


Each step builds on the one before it. Students work from sounds to syllables, words to sentences, and paragraphs to stories, learning the structure of English through constant repetition and review.


Lessons are interactive in nature and are designed to fully engage students in the task at hand. Students learn by hearing sounds; manipulating color-coded sound; syllable and word cards; performing finger tapping exercises, writing down spoken words; reading aloud and repeating what they have read in their own words, and hearing others read as well. All skills and knowledge are reinforced through visual, auditory, kinesthetic and tactile senses.


The Wilson Reading System™ is organized around the six syllable types found in English; sounds are taught only as they relate to the syllable being studied. Lessons cover only those concepts being taught, with prior lessons being reinforced. Similarly, all Wilson materials and texts are phonetically controlled containing word lists, sentences, and paragraphs that incorporate only the elements of word structure taught in or up to the corresponding lesson.


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