Susan Santora

Learning House History

Susan Santora, founder and Clinical Director of Learning House, is a graduate of Connecticut College, received her master's in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University, and advanced training in Supervision and Administration from the University of Connecticut. Her early career included teaching special education students and administration, as well as working for the Yale Child Study Center and Elmcrest Psychiatric Hospital. Over time her interest gravitated to the students who were having difficulty reading and she began intensive training in the Orton-Gillingham approach with nationally known educators Sally Childs and Alice Koontz. In 1983, Susan began offering specialized instruction in her Guilford home. Another teacher and a clinical psychologist joined her to provide instruction and diagnostic services to individuals with dyslexia and other learning disabilities and Learning House was born.

Additional teachers joined Learning House to receive supervision and experience in Orton-Gillingham. The approach is consistent with the criteria for research based reading instruction as outlined in the National Reading Panel (2000) directed by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Over time Learning House out grew Susan's home office and relocated to the Church Street facility. The mission to provide quality literacy services in a supportive home-like environment has not changed.

Our Mission

Learning House is a professional community committed to enhancing the lives of individuals with dyslexia and other learning disabilities in safe and supportive surroundings.

We facilitate literacy for children and adults, and provide evaluations and individualized evidence-based instruction using the philosophy and principles of Orton-Gillingham, a multisensory, systematic, code-based approach to teaching reading, spelling and writing.

We also provide consultation and teacher education and training in schools, as well as at Learning House. We aim to develop an effective working relationship with each student, inform parents, and provide the knowledge and skills that will increase confidence and success in school and life.

The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) is the only organization established and authorized to set standards, certify persons, and accredit programs for Orton-Gillingham practice.

OUR STAFF

Our staff is comprised of a facility director, clinical director and certified licensed educators. They comply with the standards set forth by their professions.

Susan Santora, founder of Learning House, is responsible for the clinical management of Learning House.

Our educators are trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach and are required to become certified by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE). The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) is the only organization established and authorized to set standards, certify persons, and accredit programs for Orton-Gillingham practice. We adhere to the professional and ethical standards of the Academy and the Association of Educational Therapists (AET).