The Symbols Program

Multisensory and Individualized

Our promise

The Symbols Program:
Tutoring for Students with Learning Disabilities and Differences

Helping and supporting children with learning challenges is our only focus. We have created a program that ensures both parents’ concerns and children’s learning needs are supported in the best way possible.

Your Student’s Experience with Symbols Multisensory Learning Centers

OG is a multisensory approach, meaning that concepts are presented and learned using the four main learning pathways: visual (eyes to see), auditory (ears to hear), tactile (hands to feel) and kinesthetic (body to move).

The Orton-Gillingham Method

All lessons are based on the Orton-Gillingham (OG) approach. Generally speaking, OG is a highly effective, engaging way of teaching. Learn more about OG here.

Multisensory Approaches to Reading, Writing, Spelling, and Math

Our lessons are always multisensory. Material is presented isolating and coordinating multiple modalities (VAKT - visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic). This ensures a rich learning experience that results in multiple opportunities and ways a student can interact with content being learned to optimize understanding and encourages long-term stability.

Fun, Engaging Lessons

Your child will get up to do ball-toss, draw letters in our sand and rice trays, write words on a whiteboard, manipulate letters on a table to form words, move suffixes and prefixes to form new words exploring different morphological connections and meaning, or hop along a pathway of words on the floor applying a new strategy. Our online students benefit in the same way making use of the free Symbols Multisensory Home Kit that is mailed to your home address. Our multisensory method will engage your child, and while they have fun, they will cement and stabilize skills for long-term learning gains.

Focus on Self-Esteem

Many new students feel down about themselves because of their struggles and experienced failures in school. The success they see with our help will naturally improve their self-esteem and willingness to engage in things they once struggled with. We actively focus on and celebrate student successes no matter how big or small. Showcasing and acknowledging student success and their achievements on our Wall of Champions is one of the ways we help students see that they can achieve anything.

Individualized Tutoring Specialized for ADHD, Dyslexia and More

Lessons are individually tailored for your child. They are based on their unique strengths and gaps, while also considering their interests. They are weighted toward what’s needed most to stabilize foundational literacy or numeracy skills needed for success in reading, writing, comprehension and math tasks. Lesson content is guided by a logical scope and sequence and further informed by observations of success or struggle made in each previous hour. This is initially made possible through our in-depth intake process, and adapts based on your child's overall, individual rate of progression each subsequent lesson.

Incorporated Interests

Does your child like hockey? Horses? Puzzles? We ask you about that as part of our registration process. Then we'll work that into our lessons to heighten your child's interest and engagement.

One-to-One Tutoring

All lessons at Symbols are 1-to-1. Your child will always have their tutor's undivided attention and access to direct, responsive feedback in every lesson at every moment. Each lesson will always be planned specifically for them, in advance, and tailored to their needs and interests.

What Parents Can Expect From the Symbols Program

We specialize in helping kids with learning differences (or learning difficulties), such as dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia, ADHD, processing difficulties, output challenges, autism, and speech difficulties.


OG is inherently designed to be flexible. It can be used with a wide variety of students and broad range of topics.


The OG approach is applied in a personalized way, based on the unique needs, abilities, strengths and weaknesses present in each individual student.

Sequential & Cumulative

Concepts are taught in a specific order and build upon each other.

Book Your Child’s First Multisensory Lesson Today

In-person lessons in our centers aren't always practical or possible. Our online lessons offer the same 1-to-1, individualized, multisensory format as our in-person lessons, and include a free multisensory home learning kit delivered to your door.