Julie Program

The Julie Program is for children with mild to moderate language-based difference learning, such as dyslexia. Concentration of services is in grades K-4, and continued in middle school (grades 5-8) as needed. Children receive multi-sensory language instruction that is research-based and proven to work with children who have language-based differences. The students thrive with daily instruction one-on-one or in small groups.

For more information, contact Colleen Cleveland, the Head of the Julie Program at 443-498-5075 or ccleveland@trinityschoolmd.org.

What is the Julie Program?

  • Students receive multi-sensory language instruction that is research-based and proven.

  • Intervention strategies include Orton-Gillingham based strategies such as Linda-Mood-Bell "Seeing Stars," LIPS, Lively Letters, and Phonographix.

  • The Julie Program makes use of emerging technology to support our students.

  • Students receive individually tailored instruction in reading, writing, and spelling approximately 5 hours a week.

  • An accommodation plan is created to meet each individual's needs throughout their academic day at Trinity.

  • There is a close monitoring of each student's progress to determine their academic needs. We understand that each child's needs and skills change over time. The Julie Program is constantly assessing the effectiveness of instructions and making changes to current instructional strategies when necessary.

What are Language-Based Differences?

Language-based differences disrupt the development of reading, spelling, and/or writing. Most people diagnosed with language-based differences have average to above average intelligence. They are caused by a difference in brain structure that is present at birth and is often inherited. It is estimated that 15-20% of the population has a language-based learning disability. Dyslexia is a language-based learning difference that is the most common cause of reading, spelling, and writing difficulties. Early identification of language-based disorders and remediation is essential to helping a child to be successful in later grades. Providing phonological training to young children is crucial to assure academic success. Research has shown that using multi-sensory language techniques can help children develop literacy skills such as reading, writing, and spelling.

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