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What is Orton-Gillingham?

Dyslexia* is one of several distinct learning disabilities.The word dyslexia is derived from the Greek dys, difficulty, and lex, having to do with words. Based on information from neuro-scientific and linguistic research, the definition can be summarized as difficulty in the use and processing of arbitrary linguistic/symbolic codes. Persons with dyslexia are those who, despite traditional classroom teaching, have failed to master the basic elements of the language system of their culture. Since language is the necessary tool upon which subsequent academic learning is based, such persons often encounter difficulty in all educational endeavors.

*As defined by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.

Orton-Gillingham is a highly structured approach that breaks reading and spelling down into smaller skills involving letters and sounds, and then building on these skills over time. It was the first approach to use explicit, direct, sequential, systematic, multi-sensory instruction to teach reading, which is not only effective for all students but essential for teaching students with dyslexia.

Barton, Wilson, and Slingerland are all Orton-Gillingham based methods. While Kate is trained in Orton- Gillingham by IMSE, she uses other OG based programs that deliver multi-sensory instruction and results. Kate lesson plans for each individual student for the highest level of engagement.

Scope and Sequence of Barton:


​ To learn more about OG, click on the link below.

Orton-Gillingham Demonstration:

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