Date Approved


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Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in Learning Disabilities


Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education


College of Education

First Advisor

Urban, Stanley


Learning disabled children--Education; Reading (Elementary); Spelling ability


Disability and Equity in Education


The Wilson Reading Program was designed by Barbara Wilson and published in 1988 for the first time. It was originally designed for students diagnosed with dyslexia, but its focus has been expanded to include struggling readers and spellers who are below their classmates. Wilson is based on the Orton-Gillingham multisensory principle. It is well organized and systematic.

The Wilson Reading Program was administered to a small group of two students, aged nine to eleven who receive all their academic instruction in a self-contained special education classroom. These students have similar intelligence levels, and a similar degree of difficulty with reading and spelling. Three other students in the self-contained classroom served as a control group.

Pretests and posttests were administered to all five students in order to determine their levels of decoding and encoding prior to administration of the Wilson Program. The two students in the study group increased their decoding and encoding significantly; while the control group improved only to a level that would be consistent with their instruction in a self-contained classroom.