Student Profile

The Wilson Reading System® (WRS) specifically addresses the learning needs of students in grades 2-12 and adults with a language‐based learning disability, such as dyslexia, or who have word-level deficits and have not mastered the decoding and spelling process. 

Candidates for the Wilson Reading System program share characteristics such as:

  • Unable to decode accurately (in lowest 30th percentile)
  • Slow, labored reading with lack of fluency
  • May know many words by sight, but have difficulty reading unfamiliar words and pseudo words 
  • Often guesses at words
  • Poor spelling (in lowest 30th percentile)
  • Able to speak and understand English, but not read or write it (such as English language learners)
  • Have a language-based learning disability
  • In grade 2 or higher

Students in grades 4-adult who have mild to moderate gaps in their decoding and spelling proficiency but do not have a significant language-learning disability may be appropriate for a Just Words® class.