Internationally Recognized Expert in Dyslexia
Barton is a frequent and popular speaker at conferences focusing
on Dyslexia, Reading Instruction, Early Intervention and RTI, and Adult Literacy issues. Susan
is also an instructor of Phonemic Awareness and Multisensory Teaching
Techniques through the University of California, of Learning Disabilities at West Valley College, and of the graduate-level courses Screening for Dyslexia, Tutoring People with Dyslexia, and Understanding Dyslexia and ADHD through the University
of San Diego.
Susan Barton was recently inducted into the International Dyslexia Association's Hall of Honor, where a plaque with her name now hangs next to those for Dr. Orton, Anna Gillingham, Reid Lyon, Beth Slingerland and other internationally recognized authorities in the field of dyslexia.
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has produced many videos on dyslexia:
Dyslexia: Symptoms & Solutions
Classroom Accommodations for Dyslexic Students
9 Things Parents Should Do
Myths About Dyslexia
Phonemic Awareness and Dyslexia Webinar
Dyslexia: A Strength Based Approach
Bright Solutions YouTube Channel
past ten years, Susan has presented at these conferences: the American Speech Hearing Association's national conference, the Learning Disabilities national conference, the Canadian
Dyslexia Association, the Oregon branch of the International Dyslexia Association, California Literacy, many regional and statewide conferences of the International Reading Association, many regional and statewide conferences for the Association for Christian
Schools International, the California and Arizona Charter Schools conferences,
the California Association of School Psychologists, the California Kindergarten conference, and the Early
Childhood Educators conference, to name just a few.
of Bright Solutions for Dyslexia
Barton did not start out in the field of dyslexia. After college,
she spent the first 15 years of her professional life in the computer
that time, she watched her nephew, Ben, have significant difficulty
in school. Despite receiving special education services since
first grade, when he was tested in tenth grade, he was only reading
at the second grade level and spelling at the first grade level.
Needless to say, he was extremely frustrated in all school tasks
that required reading, writing and spelling.
the school said we had to accept the fact that Ben would never
get much better, Susan refused to accept that judgment. Instead,
she changed fields and devoted full time to figuring out the puzzle
receiving special training and spending many years working with
dyslexic adults, she was hired at a for-profit clinic for dyslexic
children. She spent years tutoring children from ages 6 to 17.
During this time, she learned many more Orton-Gillingham-based
methods, several of the Lindamood-Bell systems, and became quite
knowledgeable about Attention Deficit Disorder.
Susan attended IEP meetings for her students, she was shocked
that many school professionals lacked up-to-date research-based
information on dyslexia. Most of the parents of her students also
lacked this information.
in 1998, Susan Barton founded Bright
Solutions for Dyslexia whose sole mission is to educate parents and teachers
about the causes, symptoms, and research-based solutions for children and adults with dyslexia.
addition to creating more professionals in the field by training them at her graduate-level courses offered through the University of San Diego, speaking at many conferences, and giving free presentations across the country that parents can attend, Susan is hired to conduct in-service
trainings at public and private schools throughout North America.
International Dyslexia Association's Hall of Honor
Susan Barton was recently inducted into the International Dyslexia Association's Hall of Honor.
Their announcement letter stated:
Susan Barton has been recognized in the Sylvia O. Richardson Hall of Honor by the Graduates and Supporters of Bright Solutions for Dyslexia for her outstanding achievements, contributions, and efforts; and her commitment and service to individuals in the field of dyslexia.
A plaque with Susan Barton's name will be installed in the IDA headquarters building, in their Hall of Honor, at the end of September 2009. It will appear along with plaques to Dr. Orton, Anna Gillingham, G. Reid Lyon, Beth Slingerland, and many other innovators in this field.
To view the IDA's Hall of Honor, go to:
IDA Hall of Honor
Bright Solutions for Dyslexia
is also the publisher of the Barton Reading & Spelling System.
To read a recent article published about Susan Barton, click here.
of the Barton Reading & Spelling System
with dyslexia can significantly improve their reading and spelling
skills IF they are taught differently than is done in most public
schools. They need to be taught using an Orton-Gillingham-based
is trained in 7 different Orton-Gillingham-based reading systems.
Yet when she began to train brand-new tutors, she recognized the
need for an easier-to-learn and easier-to-use system.
satisfy that need, she developed the Barton Reading and Spelling
System, an Orton-Gillingham influenced system designed specifically
for parents, homeschool parents, and volunteer tutors in literacy
Barton System is easy to learn and contains enough support for
parents and volunteer tutors, yet is complete enough for professional
tutors as well as reading and resource specialists.
Learn more about the Barton System