The Wilson Reading System® (WRS) is a research-based reading and writing program. It is the flagship program of Wilson Language Training. Based on Orton-Gillingham principles, WRS is a highly structured remedial program that directly teaches the structure of the language to even the most challenged readers: students (grade 2 and beyond) and adults who have been unable to learn with other teaching strategies or who may require multisensory language instruction. Barbara Wilson developed the Wilson Reading System while working with adults at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Language Disorders Unit, and with students in her private tutoring practice. After several years as a special educator in public schools in Massachusetts, Barbara completed training in the Orton-Gillingham approach at the MGH Language Disorders Unit. She remained at the hospital for five years working with adults with dyslexia. In 1985 she and her husband, Edward, founded the Wilson Learning Center and three years later published the Wilson Reading System to teach students the structure of words in a systematic and cumulative manner. Wilson Language Training Corporation was incorporated in Massachusetts in 1988 by co-founders Barbara and Ed Wilson. WRS can be part of a multi-tiered literacy solution that includes: Fundations®, a phonics and spelling program for grades K-3 (a component of a literature-based language arts program); Just Words®, for students in grades 4 to adult who do not have a language based learning disability but do show gaps in decoding and spelling proficiency, WRS, an intensive intervention program for grades 2-12 and adults, and Wilson Fluency® / Basic to help students become fluent and expressive readers.
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