PAF, a nationally recognized program for teaching reading to students with dyslexia, effectively prevents, lessens or eliminates reading difficulties. Students with dyslexia need specialized instruction in order to reach their full potential.
PAF is an Orton-Gillingham based reading program. Orton-Gillingham refers to the methodology first developed and published in 1940 by Dr. Samuel T. Orton and Anna Gillingham for teaching students with dyslexia. PAF incorporates Orton-Gillingham methodology with newer research-based instructional practices and includes these critical components:
- Multisensory instruction in which visual (letters), auditory (sounds) and kinesthetic (motor patterns for writing letters) modalities are used simultaneously to strengthen associations and memory. In order to develop multisensory associations, reading instruction must include the teaching of spelling and handwriting.
- A comprehensive curriculum sequence that begins with the simplest units of written language (the sounds of individual letters) and progresses to the reading of multisyllable words.
- The direct instruction of phonics supported by the use of reading material that contains only sounds and words that have been learned (decodable text).