The Wilson Reading System (WRS) is an instructional program used to help struggling readers. It’s one of several programs that uses the highly structured Orton–Gillingham approach. WRS is designed for students from second grade up to adulthood. It’s most widely used with upper elementary students, middle-schoolers and high-schoolers.
Like other programs based on Orton–Gillingham, WRS is “multisensory.” It uses visual, auditory, kinesthetic and tactile senses to help kids make connections between sounds and words, but the materials may be simpler and more direct than the ones used in other programs.
WRS uses far fewer pictures than other programs. This can help students focus on decoding words without the help of visual cues. The pictures it does use are very simple and are only included in certain activities. WRS starts with very basic skills, like matching sounds with letters. Instructors then help students recognize different syllables and teach students how to use syllables to read and spell.