A community embracing students with dyslexia and language learning differences.

Proven Methods

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

Every educator at Odyssey is a teacher of language.

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. As we maintain our priority of developing language proficiency in all our students, our team of speech-language pathologists facilitates oral and written language skill development in our students in all areas of our program.

Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening Skills

Reading

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, multi-sensory 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.

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