Barton Reading & Spelling System

Based on the Orton-Gillingham system, the Barton Reading & Spelling System is a research and evidence based Structured Literacy program. The 10 level program provides “multi-sensory, direct, explicit, structured and sequential intense intervention” for dyslexia.

There is no set or predictable speed at which a learner progresses through the levels. Some levels may take only a few sessions whereas more advanced levels may take much longer. Progress depends on:

  • The learner (age, maturity and severity of dyslexia)
  • Tutoring setting
  • Frequency of tutoring

Dyslexia intervention is long-term commitment. Tutoring in the Barton Reading & Spelling System requires a minimum of two sessions per week. A learner with classic, or moderate, dyslexia may take approximately 2 to 3 years of twice-weekly tutoring to reach the end of level 8, with younger learners taking longer. By completion of level 10, the learner should be reading at about the 9th grade level.

Before beginning tutoring in the Barton Reading and Spelling System, each learner must pass the three-part Barton Student Screening, which ensures the learner has the phonemic skills necessary for tutoring.  If the student is not able to pass the first two segments, tutoring may start, but will include extra tutoring to teach those skills.

If the student cannot pass the third part of the screening, Nicholas Learning Associates offers Foundation in Sounds – a curriculum specifically designed to help learners pass the third section of the Barton Student Screening.  The time commitment and package pricing are the same as Barton Reading and Spelling System tutoring.



Some warning signs of Dyslexia:barton 1

  • Terrible spelling
  • Slow or inaccurate reading
  • Writes some letters or numbers backwards
  • Can’t memorize multiplication tables
  • Trouble telling time on a clock with hands
  • Unusual pencil grip and letter formation
  • Difficulty learning to tie shoes

(Reprinted by permission from Susan Barton, founder of Barton Reading & Spelling System.)

To learn more about Dyslexia, visit Bright Solutions for Dyslexia