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What is the Orton Gillingham Approach?

The Orton Gillingham certification is the "gold standard" for treating dyslexia.

The Orton-Gillingham Approach is a direct, explicit, multisensory, structured, sequential, diagnostic, and prescriptive way to teach literacy when reading, writing, and spelling does not come easily to individuals, such as those with dyslexia.  It is most properly understood and practiced as an approach, not a method, program, or system. In the hands of a well-trained and experienced instructor, it is a powerful tool of exceptional breadth, depth, and flexibility.

The essential curricular content and instructional practices that characterize the Orton-Gillingham Approach are derived from two sources: first from a body of time-tested knowledge and practice that has been validated over the past 80 years, and second from scientific evidence about how individuals learn to read and write; why a significant number have difficulty in doing so; how having dyslexia makes achieving literacy skills more difficult; and which instructional practices are best suited for teaching such individuals to read and write.

Orton Gillingham Explanation

Trained vs. Certified?

Orton Gillingham "Trained"and "Certified" are different levels of certification! Orton Gillingham "trained" members train for about 8 months and must remain tutoring with supervision. Orton Gillingham "Certified"members train for 2 years and are able to tutor independently.

I highly recommend asking for proof of certification for any tutor that works with your child!

Orton Gillingham Certification Chart
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