Our Approach to LD
Since 1926, Gow has been internationally renowned as an outstanding school for dyslexic boys. With the addition of girls and our program’s continuing evolution, Gow has maintained that position. We continue to help dyslexic students rediscover their learning abilities and reignite their lives.
Whom We Serve
Gow specializes in the remediation of dyslexia (reading problems) and related language-based learning disabilities. It is common for our students to have attention (ADD or ADHD) and/or executive function difficulties. Other diagnoses may include dyspraxia, CAPD (central auditory processing disorder), dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and disorder of written expression. Additional language support is offered for English Language Learners (ELL).
What We Do
Reconstructive Language (RL) is Gow’s own remedial language-skills program, created by school founder Peter Gow, Jr, with guidance from pioneering neurologist Dr. Samuel T. Orton.
Breaking down the elements of the English language, RL uses proven MSLE (multisensory structured language education) principles: multisensory, sequential/logical, systematic, synthetic/analytic, and diagnostic. Students work to improve their skills in phonics, spelling, vocabulary, and oral reading for fluency and comprehension.
Our RL teachers are highly trained, and all Gow Teachers receive instruction in the basics of the RL program so that they can support language development across the curriculum. As experts in language remediation, faculty and administrators regularly present at conferences, including the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA), and The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS).
Gow’s Reconstructive Language program meets the IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading. Our teacher preparation program, accredited by The International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC), requires a supervised teaching practicum.
Taken together, highly trained and dedicated faculty members implement a time-tested but innovative remediation program in concert with a structured schedule, small classes, individualized attention, a technology-rich environment, and motivated students. No wonder longitudinal test records and other data, along with alumni anecdotes, demonstrate RL’s transformative power.