“Why can’t an intelligent child learn to read and spell as well as his peers instead of living
with failure and the threat of adult illiteracy? If we are teaching the blind and the deaf, why
can’t we reach these children?” ~Mrs. Frances McGlannan
"These children are as handicapped by the ignorance surrounding the problem,
as the problem itself." ~Mrs. Frances McGlannan, 1962
In 1958, Frances McGlannan set out on a now historical quest into the world of the child with specific reading/language based learning difficulties, into the world of DYSLEXIA. As a result of her pioneering vision and research the McGlannan School was founded in 1964.
Frances McGlannan’s goal was to meet the needs of every child in each subject, in an ungraded program, rather than the lockstep approach of traditional education. Utilizing her own academically creative energy and scientific bent, she employed specific multisensory techniques, previously reserved for the blind and the deaf, to teach children challenged by dyslexia.
Due to the lack of commercial teaching materials appropriate for students with a dyslexic learning profile, Mrs. McGlannan created and successfully implemented a total linguistic program. Unique teaching strategies were also developed and employed for teachers to assist students with audio and visual processing deficits. This established proof that multisensory teaching techniques can be effectively adapted to the classroom. Frances McGlannan equipped her students with the compensatory skills to become successful lifelong learners.
Articles regarding the school and its methods have been published by the Journal of Learning Disabilities, Time, Newsweek, Saturday Review and other publications including Hispanic publications in South America. Harper and Row published a detailed chapter on McGlannan School describing, in addition to the program, special environment factors built into the school building.
Today, McGlannan School remains in full operation as an academically rigorous and relevant educational setting.