Phonemic Awareness, Phonics & Decoding
Tier III

60 mins

Target Student

Persons who struggle with reading, spelling, or writing due to dyslexia or a learning disability. Students must have an IQ of at least 70, and must be able to speak and understand spoken English at a second grade level. This system is for students who struggle with spelling and cannot easily sound out unknown words when reading. This is NOT for students with receptive or expressive language disorders.


The Barton Reading & Spelling System® is a one-to-one tutoring system designed to improve the reading, writing, and spelling skills of children, teenagers, or adults who struggle due to dyslexia or another learning disability. Although the program is designed to be one-to-one, it may also be used in a small group setting, but each level will take longer to complete.


The Barton Reading & Spelling system is available for use as a single tutor or site based program. It is an Orton-Gillingham influenced multisensory explicit and systematic phonics program. Materials include a DVD training tape, Tutor manual with complete lesson plans, and colour-coded letter tiles.


Arndt, E. J. (2007). Barton Reading & Spelling System. Tallahassee, FL: Florida Center for Reading Research.

Barton Reading & Spelling System. (n.d.). Benton School District: Benton, Arkansas intensive reading intervention report for the school year 2006–2007. San Jose, CA: Author

Barton Reading & Spelling System. (n.d.). Research evidence of the effectiveness of the Barton Reading & Spelling System. San Jose, CA: Author

Research Summary
Related Resources

Barton Tiles App (Android)

Barton Tiles App (iOS)

Available Training

Tutors must be able to pass a five-minute sound (phoneme) discrimination test. There is support available via phone, email, or 24/7 tutoring chat groups.

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