What is the Orton-Gillingham Approach?

The Orton-Gillingham Approach is a multi-sensory, phonics-based, structured language approach to reading and spelling.

The Orton-Gillingham Approach Is:

Diagnostic and Prescriptive

As a student progresses, the oral and written responses they provide during instruction help to identify skills that they have mastered and skills that need to be reinforced. Information from prior sessions is used to help plan future instruction and address any challenges the student has to ensure continued progress.

Multi-Sensory

Instruction engages all of the senses in the learning process: seeing, hearing, moving, and touching. This is the best way that the brain thinks about ideas and new information. This way of learning reinforces skills learned and makes recall easy.

Structured

Lessons are organized in a way that teaches foundational skills and builds on that strong foundation. This makes learning, recall, and independent application easy for students.

Cumulative

As a student demonstrates mastery of simple language skills, they move on to more complex material.

Cognitive

With the Orton-G Approach, a student’s thinking about reading, spelling, and writing, changes from that of “impossible to achieve” to “it is easy to read and spell”. They understand sound/symbol relationships better and are aware of the structure of the English language. Students’ confidence increases as they apply each new skill in reading and spelling, and notice their improvements.
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