Laurie D. Leason, M.Ed., OCT, Fellow (AOGPE)
Fellow, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners & Educators
Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Specialist/IDA
Founder and Director of the OG Instruction Learning Centre
Laurie has over 17 years of experience in the field of education in both public, independent, charter and private schools. Additionally, she is an IDA Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Therapist, has a Masters of Science in Elementary Education, holds a University of the State of New York Education Department Public School Reading Teacher Certificate K-12 and Public School Teacher Certificate, Ontario College of Teachers Certificate in Primary and Junior Levels, Special Education Part 1 Certification and ESL Part 1 & 2 Certification. She is now the Founder and Director of the OG Instruction Learning Centre.
Laurie’s dyslexia training began when her sons were diagnosed as severely and moderately dyslexic. Laurie obtained as much information and training as possible in regards to dyslexia and language-based learning disorders. She obtained her Associate Level, Certified Level, and Fellow Level from the Academy, and began instruction with her sons and her students with wonderful success. She has had extensive experience providing 1:1 and small group OG Instruction at the Associate Level and Certified Levels. She continues to study language and expand her knowledge and skills studying such things as Structured Word Inquiry, Latin, and Greek. She is a life-long learner, constantly updating her knowledge of the language and completing additional coursework and training in order to assist her students and trainees. She will never stop learning and helping others. Laurie continues to work with numerous professionals, as she has for the past 17 years, such as speech therapists, occupational therapists, vision therapists, physical therapists. She worked with these professionals to assist her sons, and now often works with them with her students as a team to help remediate their dyslexia and its secondary characteristics. Working together as a team greatly benefits her students, and furthers everyone’s knowledge. Laurie works and trains students and trainees to the utmost standards of Academy. She makes sure her trainees complete all of their training and practicum to the highest level so that they will receive their Certification from the Academy and become members, to assist these children and provide the highest quality level of instruction.
Laurie is now the Director of the OG Instruction Learning Centre, a tutoring and teacher training practice for students of all ages. As a Fellow, Laurie trains teachers, educators, tutors, special education, reading teachers, parents of children with learning difficulties, professionals in children’s health sectors, and individuals seeking a career in educational therapy using the Classroom Educator, Associate Level, Certified Level and Fellow Level. To date, training has been completed in such places as the United States, Canada, Dubai, India, Qatar, Hong Kong, Thailand, Kuwait, Brazil, and Australia. She will travel to any location to provide this instruction. It makes all the difference in the world.
Laurie has specialized in the field of learning difficulties and multisensory language remediation using the Orton-Gillingham approach, and has served on, and is a member of the WNY Board of the International Dyslexia Association. She has presented at a number of conferences and schools. She is a passionate advocate for effective mediation of literacy skills and evidence-based teaching, particularly for students with language-based learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Dyslexia runs in her family, so she has personal as well as professional knowledge – she understands.