What is at the Heart of the Orton-Gillingham Approach?
I created the following infographic to help provide an overview of the process:
The Orton-Gillingham approach has been around since the 1930’s. It was designed by a Samuel T. Orton, neurologist and pathologist, and Anna Gillingham, an educator and psychologist. They developed an explicit, incremental and diagnostic way to teach reading instruction for students with dyslexia.
Limitations to using Orton-Gillingham Based Programs:
Although the programs available on the market today offer a well-sequenced, comprehensive, cookie cutter methodology of teaching reading and spelling, I find that the process can be long and arduous for some students. Many learners don’t like completing workbooks and reading long lists of words. As a result, I suggest finding a professional that knows the Orton-Gillingham approach well and has the confidence and mastery to tailor individualized lessons for each student. In addition, I suggest using tools that strengthen the core cognitive skills required to read and spell as well as implementing games and fun activities that make the learning process motivating and fun. If you would like to see some of these products, Click Here.
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