A community embracing students with dyslexia and language learning differences.

Proven Methods for Teaching Language Learning Differences

The Odyssey School is committed to providing students diagnosed with dyslexia and language learning differences with evidence-based methods of instruction.

Teachers are highly trained in these methodologies, and constantly receive professional development targeted in specialized instruction in teaching students with dyslexia and language learning differences.

Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening Skills


Intensive, Evidence-based, Speech to Text Instruction

Phono-Graphix is one of the evidence-based teaching methods that Odyssey's tutors employ in the daily reading instruction for students. It is a structured, systematic, multisensory reading and spelling program that is based on phonemic awareness and alphabetic code knowledge with an emphasis on strategy instruction rather than rule memorization.

Written Expression

Explicit, Consistent Instruction in Every Subject

EmPOWER is an expository writing program designed to systematize the writing process. Teachers and students alike use a common language and core set of strategies that reveal each stage of the writing process. Students learn to make conscious choices about their writing and how to effectively use specific strategies to manage its many components.

The methodologies for writing are used by every student in every class throughout his or her Odyssey experience. The process of completing a written assignment is made transparent by proceeding through pre-writing and post writing activities.

Emphasis is placed on both the writing process and the quality of the finished product. The writing process is demystified; our students become more at ease, more proficient, and prolific as writers in every class.

Our academic program also integrates the fundamentals of written expression skills into the teaching of all subject matter. Teachers employ direct, explicit, and systematic writing instruction in order to create literate thinkers who have developed skills in organizing, problem solving, critical thinking, and the ability to express ideas with clarity.

Our students are required to write with frequency and for varied purposes. Every teacher at Odyssey is trained to adopt and apply consistent writing strategies and methods in order to support writing in every aspect of learning.

Word Study

Word study, a systematic way of learning, practicing and applying knowledge of sounds, letters, and word meanings to read and spell, is where reading and writing success begins. Odyssey's tutors use the SPELL-Links to Reading & Writing Word Study Curriculum with students.

SPELL-Links is a speech to print, structured literacy approach that maximizes what students already know about oral language as the means for all students to achieve success with reading, writing, and spelling skills.

Oral Expression Skills

Foundation for Literacy

Our academic program integrates the fundamentals of oral expression skills into the teaching of all subject matter. The role of oral language is central in laying the foundation for literacy, as well as for enabling students to become competent communicators. Oral language development is facilitated throughout the program in order to build students’ abilities to define, explain, describe, retell, paraphrase, and summarize.

Children have the opportunities to showcase their proficiency in these skill areas in class presentations, at assemblies, during drama productions, and in their culminating moment—their graduation speeches. In addition, oral competency is vital to a child’s socialization as it impacts friendships and relationships with teachers. Odyssey’s program recognizes and nurtures the child’s emerging ability to express thoughts, feelings, needs, and complex concepts with precision and ease.

Language Impacts Everything in the Life of a Dyslexic Student

Speech and Language Pathologists Serve an Integral Role in the School Community

As we maintain our priority of developing language proficiency in all of our students, our team of eight speech-language pathologists (SLPs) facilitates oral and written language skill development in our students in all areas of our program. Walk into our building and find our speech-language pathologists either leading a homeroom, teaching a Lower or Middle School language class, participating in an admissions team discussion, or tutoring our students.

Odyssey's SLP faculty members work closely with tutors and teachers to determine ways in which students’ specific needs can be addressed in tutoring sessions and in the classroom. The team serves numerous roles, including teaching, co-teaching and mentoring in the classroom, tutoring, providing direct speech and language therapy services to our children, consulting and collaborating with tutors and other faculty members, and assessing speech and language skills.

Current research shows that the integration of speech and language teaching that takes place in the context of the classroom setting brings effective results.

Members of the department apply their specialized knowledge of language development and the oral language deficits that underlie dyslexia and language learning differences to support all the students in the School.

Our speech and language team has presented at both the IDA (International Dyslexia Association) Conference and the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Conference.

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