Category Archives: Student Success

WRS Step 12 x 2

Recently, Amy Geary, a Wilson® Dyslexia Therapist (W.D.T.) and reading consultant in Connecticut, wrote to share the success of two remarkable students who reached the milestone of completing Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Step 12 remotely following school closures this spring. When we received her glowing testaments to rising eighth graders Jayden and Ben, we couldnt wait to spread the joy as well!                                                                                          Dear Wilson,                              [...]

Doubling Down on Dyslexia

As identical twins, Bailey and Mackenzie Bennett obviously have a lot in common. Athletic, artistic, and studious, the sisters share another characteristic that theyand those who know themwould not expect: dyslexia.  Although the sisters found reading difficult during their early elementary years, their keen ability to memorize words enabled them to do well in most subjects and helped mask their struggles. As they grew older, however, their literacy challenges became more apparent. Test taking and reading aloud were noticeably difficult, and benchmark testing led to placement in [...]

Sharing the Gift of Literacy

At age 9, Michelle D. set a goal for her future self. When she was old enough, she vowed, she would drop out of school and leave the frustration and anxiety associated with learning to read behind her. Fortunately, that didnt happen. Instead, new dreams are coming true for the 20-year-old New Hampshire resident. Diagnosed with a speech impediment at age five and dyslexia at age eight, Michelle struggled in elementary school. I had this constant fear that I would get picked to read in class or have to go up to the board and write words that I had no clue how to read, never mind write, [...]

With Knowledge, Wisdom

For someone who stumbled into teaching by accident, Nelda Reyes certainly landed on her feet, then kept on going. Now entering her twenty-third year as a teacher, Nelda recently added Wilson® Dyslexia Therapist (W.D.T.) to her professional credentials. A dyslexia interventionist in San Marcos, TX, Nelda became Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Level II Certified earlier this year, just as her practicum student, Jonathan, wrapped up Step 12 of the intensive reading intervention program. As an undergraduate studying speech communication disorders, Nelda said she became intrigued by the scie [...]

Ainsley’s Advantage

If you asked Ainsley Proctor when she was in elementary school what she thought about her dyslexia, she likely would have responded with a resounding Ugh! Today, however, the question elicits a passionate response from the poised dyslexia advocate, now entering her junior year in high school. Growing up, I viewed dyslexia as a disadvantage. Every day I would say, I wish I never had this stupid thing. Now I wouldnt change my dyslexia for the world, Ainsley shared last fall during the International Dyslexia Associations (IDA) annual conference, where she was awarded the [...]

Father, Son, and Dyslexia

As a child growing up in Colorado, Steve G. found learning to read a struggle and tutoring lessons a bore. Decades later, given his history and the genetic nature of dyslexia, he wasnt surprised when one of his three sons showed similar reading difficulties in school. What did amaze him was the night and day difference in his son Liams reading scores and confidence level following one year of multisensory structured literacy instruction with a Wilson Reading System® certified teacher. Back in the 70s, the technique for correcting this was once a week I went to a ladys house [...]

Teacher Appreciation

During Teacher Appreciation Month in May we asked educators, "What has been one of your proudest teaching moments while using a Wilson® program?" We were elated to receive responses from more than 2,000 enthusiastic teachers from across the country. Helping struggling readers overcome dyslexia, instilling an abiding love of reading, and buoying self-confidence were among the recurring themes. I have been teaching the intensive Wilson Reading System for 14 years, shared New Jersey teacher, Amy Z. Every year, without fail, my students amaze me with the progress they have made with t [...]

Peer Support

Diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia in second grade, Ohio native Kelly Ettinger began her WRS studies with Wilson® Credentialed Trainer, Ellen Brick. By the time she completed elementary school and the 12th and final Step of WRS, there was no stopping her quest for knowledge. In high school, Kelly mentored fellow students and shared her experiences and the importance of self-advocacy with her peers, their tutors, and parents. My parents were very up front with me from the beginning. They explained to me, You have ADHD and dyslexia, and its not bad or goodjust different.  They w [...]

Dyslexia Across Generations

The signs were subtle at first, beginning in preschool and into kindergarten. Roxanna P. noticed her son, Matteo, was having trouble reciting the alphabet, spelling his name correctly, and learning the days of the week. Despite being assured he was doing fine," Roxannas concern grew. When her good-natured first-grader started coming home from school angry and frustrated, Roxanna recognized what she was seeing. Glimpses of her own childhood. I knew deep down inside he was not fine, she recalled. He was struggling like I had, and I said Im not going to let this happen. [...]

Shared Success

In 2015, New Jersey teacher Renee Klein and 11 colleagues accepted their school districts offer to become certified in the Wilson Reading System®. A special education teacher for two decades, Renee has seen the toll that reading disabilities take not only on students education, but on their confidence and demeanor as well. She jumped at the professional learning opportunity. Meanwhile, Saniah, a middle school student classified with a specific learning disability, had been recommended to participate in WRS instruction. Together, Renee and Saniah helped each other achieve their goals. [...]