172: The Role of Decodable Text in Literacy Acquisition with Jennie Roberts Creason


What exactly is the role of decodable text in literacy acquisition?

In this episode of SLP Coffee Talk, I sat down with the fabulous Jennie Roberts Creason from Carolina Orton-Gillingham to explore this topic. Teaching reading to students is not as simple as it sounds, and Orton-Gillingham may be the perfect approach to help your students reach their goals. 

In this episode, Jennie explores what the Orton-Gillingham approach is and how it differs from other methods for teaching students to read. The Orton-Gillingham method is proven to be very effective, especially when working with students with dyslexia. 

Using decodable words is a powerful way to take the words that students are learning and make sure they get stored in their long-term memory. 

With over 16 years of educational experience, Jennie began her career teaching second and third grades (teaching in public and private schools) and has over 10 years of classroom experience. She has an M. Ed as a Reading Specialist, and is a certified Orton-Gillingham instructor and an IDA certified Dyslexia Practitioner. She currently teaches Foundational Literacy at the collegiate level and runs a successful tutoring business that’s served over 200 students in grades K through 12. Their services provide targeted 1:1 support for students in all content areas, as well as Orton-Gillingham, a highly effective approach to reading remediation.

Jennie shares tons of valuable tips that we can use as SLPs so this is a must-listen episode! 


In This Episode You’ll Discover:

  • What Orton-Gillingham is and how it helps teach language to struggling readers
  • The nuts and bolts of the philosophy of this method 
  • What to do if you struggle to teach students to read
  • The difference between the Wilson approach and Orton-Gillingham
  • The power of decoding words and how it helps with long-term memory storage
  • Examples of decodable texts and how to use them in speech 
  • Three tips for SLPs working with struggling readers
  • The age groups that benefit from this approach the most


I hope you enjoyed this episode with Jennie and that you learned as much as I did! There is such a team component to this approach to literacy acquisition and I hope you’re able to take these ideas and tips and put them into practice in your next speech therapy session. 

If you want to learn more from Jennie, make sure to give her a follow on Instagram and check out her website. You can also send any questions to her at jennied.roberts@gmail.com

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The Role of Decodable Text in Literacy Acquisition with Jennie Roberts Creason


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