The Reading Lab
A Division of Walston Speech Language & Reading Clinic, Inc.
|LEVEL 3: DIRECT PERSONAL TUTORING
At Level 3, The Reading Lab offers Barton Reading & Spelling, an explicit phonics-based
program available to help students close the achievement gap. It is a structured literacy program based on the
nationally recognized Orton-Gillingham approach using multi-sensory, direct, explicit, structured and
sequential intense intervention techniques that are research and evidence based.
Developed by Susan Barton, the Barton Reading & Spelling System is a private or semi-private clinical
tutoring intervention for students struggling with spelling, reading, and writing due to dyslexia or learning
disability. t is a structured literacy program based on the nationally recognized Orton-Gillingham approach
using multi-sensory, direct, explicit, structured and sequential intense intervention techniques that are research
and evidence based.
Typically students train 1 hour/day for 2 days/week for 3-4 months per level. The program takes 2-3 years to
complete the entire 10-Level System, advancing a struggling student to the mid-ninth grade level in reading,
spelling, and basic writing. Students can make faster progress by being tutored more often. If a child can be
tutored 3 or 4 times a week, they’ll complete the Barton System much faster.
Here is the scope and sequence of the Barton System:
Level 1: Phonemic Awareness
Level 2: Consonants & Short Vowels
Level 3: Closed & Unit Syllables
Level 4: Multi-Syllable Words and Vowel Teams
Level 5: Prefixes & Suffixes
Level 6: Six Reasons for Silent E
Level 7: Vowel-Rs
Level 8: Advanced Vowel Teams
Level 9: Influence of Foreign Languages
Level 10: Latin Roots & Greek Combining Forms
A Barton student:
- Must be at least 5 years old and in kindergarten
- Must be able to speak and comprehend spoken English at a 2nd grade level
- Does not have a receptive language disorder
- Is not in an ESL program
- Has an IQ of 70 or higher
- Struggles with spelling when writing stories, and cannot easily sound out unknown words when reading
- Can pass our Barton Student Screening
If someone can already read accurately and rapidly, and spells well, but only has trouble with
comprehension, then the Barton System would not be needed or appropriate (we recommend Reading Skill
Series in this case).
However, some struggling readers do not have the foundational neural connections and
prerequisite language skills to become effective readers using skill tutoring alone. Children
may learn to compensate for poor language and reading development, but the problem doesn't
Tutoring and extra reading instruction are ineffective strategies for overcoming these cognitive skill based
Therefore, we also use Level 1: Cognitive Skill Training at The Reading Lab because it’s the only
intervention that directly targets the underlying processing and language issues holding many learners back.
- Starts by treating a learner’s core underlying weaknesses, not just the symptoms
- Is the only intervention substantiated by research at MIT, Stanford, Harvard, Cornell, Rutgers and other
respected research institutions
- With over 55 patents in neuroscience and education and 250+ research studies, this training by Scientific
Learning can deliver dramatic results for even the most struggling of readers, up to 2 years’ gain in