The Wilson Reading Tutor uses the Wilson Reading System. It is a type of reading instruction that uses the Orton-Gillingham approach. It is designed to help students who are falling behind their peers in terms of decoding words, children with dyslexia, and adults with language-based learning disabilities. It is more commonly used with students in elementary, middle school, and high school. Wilson Fundations is used for kindergarten (k) – third grade.
Much like other programs modeled after Orton-Gillingham, WRS follows a multisensory strategy. It employs a direct and systematic approach in teaching the structure of the English language. Using their visual, auditory, kinesthetic (movement), and tactile senses, students learn to make connections between sounds and words. However, WRS uses more direct learning materials, such as concrete pictures to help students focus on decoding words without relying on visual cues.