The Orton-Gillingham Method
Our program uses the Orton-Gillingham method, which is one of the oldest, most well-researched programs for remediating reading disorders such as developmental dyslexia and has applications for children with a variety of reading problems of various etiologies.
The Orton-Gillingham approach is a systematic, sequential, multisensory, synthetic and phonics-based approach to teaching reading. Explicit instruction is provided in phonology and phonological awareness, sound-symbol correspondence, syllables, morphology, syntax, and semantics. A key characteristic of the Orton-Gillingham system is that it is multisensory, involving visual, auditory, and kinesthetic/tactile learning pathways, which facilitates long-term storage of language and stabilizes language hemisphere pathways associated with normal readers. Instruction directly teaches language components, is provided systematically and cumulatively, requires mastery and overlearning before students advance to new components, is based on ongoing diagnostic information and assessment, and is individualized to the needs of each student (Clark & Uhry, 1995).