Learning to read

Children with dyslexia can learn to read with effective instruction — the earlier the better.

Children with dyslexia can learn to read, write and spell with effective reading instruction called “structured literacy.” Structured literacy is essential for students with dyslexia, and benefits all children.

On this page

  1. Effective reading instruction: Where to find it?
  2. Effective reading instruction: Learn to teach it
  3. Free and low-cost resources
  4. Webinars and online learning for parents and teachers

1. Effective reading instruction: Where to find it?

Here you’ll find a listing of dyslexia-friendly schools, structured literacy programs and tutors across Ontario. We don’t endorse specific schools, tutors or programs. Resources listed here use some form of structured literacy instruction.

Tip! Before hiring a reading specialist, ask if they are trained in structured literacy and have experience teaching children with dyslexia.

Public schools/reading programs


IDA Ontario accredited


2. Effective reading instruction: Learn to teach it

Many parents and educators are training in the structured literacy approach to teach their own, and other children. The following is a list of organizations that provide structured literacy training.

DDON defers and refers to the knowledge and research presented by the International Dyslexia Association on issues of programs and interventions:

More structured literacy training programs:

3. Free and low-cost resources

“Many families can’t afford tutoring. Not everyone has internet access, a computer or time as they may be working multiple jobs. You can help by sharing this list of free/low cost resources, suggesting trips to the library for Internet use and offering time to teach parents things you have learned on your dyslexia journey.” ~Kim, Ontario parent/educator/advocate extraordinaire

4. Webinars and online learning for parents and teachers

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