Orton Gillingham is a remedial approach used to teach children with dyslexia. Dyslexia is often described as an unexplained reading, spelling, and writing learning disability. Children with dyslexia are bright and able. Yet, when it comes to reading and spelling, a child with dyslexia may refuse to participate.
The Orton-Gillingham model is a well-studied, scientific-evidence based approach. While its training is fairly new in Canada, the Orton Gillingham approach has been practiced for over 80 years. Instruction provides tools for sorting, recognizing and organizing the raw materials of language. Based on phonics, teaching is explicit, sequential, and multi-sensory.
The Orton-Gillingham approach focuses on the needs of each individual student. Lessons begin with the knowledge a student brings. As a child learns one concept at a time, they build their repertoire of sounds, syllables and spelling rules. The child is only responsible for what they have been taught and their success is built in.
One on one instruction is most beneficial to ensure that a student understands each concept and moves forward with mastery.