How will the Orton-Gillingham 
approach help my child?


The Orton-Gillingham approach is language-based, multisensory, structured, sequential, cumulative, cognitive and flexible.  It addresses all aspects of literacy instruction including phonological awareness, phonics, spelling, reading comprehension, reading fluency, morphology and written composition in a sequential, mastery-based methodology.  Students experience a high level of success and low frustration as previous material is constantly reviewed and new concepts are introduced in a sequential manner. 

Signs of dyslexia in children:

3-5 years:

  • Mispronounces words (such as “aminal” instead of “animal”)
  • Uses or knows fewer words than their peers
  • Late talker
  • Have trouble calling things by the right name
  • Struggles with learning and naming numbers, colors and letters 
  • Struggles with rhymes
  • Difficulty following multi-step directions

School aged children:

  • Struggles to sound out familiar words
  • Avoids reading out loud
  • Disinterested in books
  • Reads slowly and has difficulty understanding the material
  • Difficulty remembering the plots in stories
  • Struggles to connect what she reads to information she already knows

Middle  school aged children:

  • Takes a long time to complete homework that requires reading
  • Avoids reading out loud in class
  • Can’t find the right word to say
  • Spells the same word differently in the same essay
  • Difficulty expressing ideas in an organized way and with proper spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Struggles to fit in socially