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Private School for Students With Dyslexia

Student Profile: Dyslexia is a specific learning disability in reading. Students with dyslexia have trouble reading accurately and fluently. They may also have trouble with reading comprehension, spelling, and writing.


How Oakwood School Can Help Students with Dyslexia

Direct, explicit instruction is the key to reading at Oakwood. Elementary and middle school students receive reading instruction founded on the principles of Orton-Gillingham (OG). This highly structured multisensory approach to teaching the connections between letters and sounds is found to be effective for students with dyslexia. Using proven, evidence-based materials, our faculty teaches small groups of students at their instructional level, which allows for individual attention. Students are instructed in and practice all components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency.

The Oakwood model in which each teacher is a skilled reading instructor, with OG training, allows our students to receive additional reinforcement and practice of active reading strategies in all subject areas. This method of instruction means that Oakwood is an ideal choice for students with Dyslexia in Northern Virginia.

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Reading the Oakwood Way

Jeanine Cyrwus, M.Ed
Director of Outreach and Literacy

In this blog, our Director of Outreach & Literacy covers the importance of reading instruction that adheres to the practices employed by the Science of Reading. At Oakwood School, all teachers are OG trained, and explicit reading instruction is integrated across the curriculum, not just during language arts or literature classes.  

Books We Read: 2022!

Oakwood Staff enjoyed plenty of books and materials outside of the classroom this year and we thought we would share our reading list from 2022!

Dyslexia: The Facts and Common Misconceptions

Jeanine Cyrwus, M.Ed
Director of Outreach and Literacy

Dyslexia is a specific language-based learning disability.  It is an unexpected difficulty to learn to read in relation to a child’s cognitive abilities and instruction. Many myths exist about dyslexia and can rob people of opportunities in school and the workplace.

Why We Focus on Remediation, Not Just Accommodation

Dr. Susan Autry
Academic Advisor
We are often asked why we focus on remediation at Oakwood. The short answer is we believe our students have the ability to learn when their specific learning needs are addressed and the teaching targets their learning difficulties and helps them understand who they are as learners.

Implementing Structured Literacy

Jeanine Cyrwus, M.Ed., CAGS
Director of Outreach & Literacy

Structured Literacy is a term adopted by the International Dyslexia Association, and refers to reading programs that are rooted in evidence and research. 

Additional Dyslexia Resources