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Multisensory Structured Language (MSL) is the instructional approach used to teach literacy throughout all years of life. MSL is a systematic, cumulative, cognitively supportive, direct and explicit approach to teaching everyone and anyone how to read, write and spell. It encompasses the Orton-Gillingham approach through the use of synthetic phonetics and multisensory instruction as best-practice to support working memory for skill acquisition and retention. The multisensory component involves the simultaneous activation of visual, auditory and kinaesthetic/tactile senses to directly activate and strengthen neurological pathways responsible for effective reading. MSL has proven to be the most beneficial support for dyslexic learners and struggling readers. MSL is the only therapy recognised by the Australian Dyslexia Association as an evidence-based support for those with dyslexia and other neurodiverse conditions.

Miss McFadden Educational Therapy takes a person-first approach for a truly unique and tailored learning experience that improves academic achievement and increases self-esteem.

Rigorous initial assessments guide the scope and sequence and teaching models to determine how an individual will learn best.

It is more than a tutoring service program, it is providing evidence-based, flexible and dynamic educational therapeutic support for struggling neurodiverse readers.


Co-occurring conditions and/or disabilities are considered and adjustments and accommodations are made to create a truly inclusive and supportive environment.  Sensory sensitivities are considered through light, sound and heating adjustments, movement supports for hyperactivity and tactile modalities are included in the lesson. Furthermore, special interest including sensory interests can be embedded in the lesson to optimise engagement and learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are vulnerable to reading, writing and spelling struggles and Miss McFadden Educational Therapy is dedicated to closing the educational achievement gap and broaden opportunities for our Indigenous Peoples.

Collaboration is key to success, so all stakeholders including parents, guardians, teachers, allied health professionals and case managers have the opportunity to opt in for further support, at the discretion of the participant.

Multisensory Structured Language Educational Therapy is suitable for everyone, starting as early as 4 years old. MSL can support the following,

but is not limited to:



learning disabilities/difficulties

autism spectrum disorder

attention deficit disorder

attention deficit hyperactive disorder

English as second language

developmental delay disorder

cognitive impairment

Irlen syndrome

slow auditory and/or visual processing speed

struggling readers


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