Sight. Hearing. Touch. Movement.
Of all the reading programs specifically designed to help struggling readers by explicitly teaching the connections between letters and sounds, Orton–Gillingham was the first. Today—decades later—many reading programs include Orton–Gillingham ideas.
The highly structured program introduced the idea of breaking reading and spelling down into smaller skills involving letters and sounds, and then building on these skills over time. It also pioneered the “multisensory” approach to teaching reading, which is considered the gold standard for teaching students with dyslexia. This means that instructors use sight, hearing, touch and movement to help students connect language with letters and words.
The reading approach with the most research.
Orton–Gillingham focuses on teaching kids to read at the word level. While it can help develop reading comprehension, that is not the program’s primary goal.
This approach uses multiple pathways to help kids learn. For example, students might learn the letter s by seeing it, saying its name and sounding it out while writing it with their fingers in shaving cream.
Orton–Gillingham also puts a strong emphasis on understanding the “how” and “why” behind reading. Students may explore why the letter s sounds one way in the word plays, and another way in the word snake. Once they know consistent rules and patterns, they’re better able to decode words on their own. Our Head of Shcool, Jennifer Roig, MEd. is trained at the Assoicate level from the Orton-Gillingham Academy. Professional development and training by Mrs. Roig of her staff at The Roig Academy are key for all students to receive Orton-Gillingham methods regardless of where a child may find himself/herself in the many stages of reading.