Our program uses the Orton-Gillingham method, which is one of the oldest, most well-researched programs for remediating students experiencing difficulty with the reading process. The Orton-Gillingham approach directly addresses reading disorders such as developmental dyslexia, and also has applications for children with a variety of reading problems of various etiologies.
Orton-Gillingham is an instructional approach intended primarily for use with persons who have difficulty with reading, writing and spelling. It is a multi-sensory, phonics-based approach to literacy instruction. In the hands of our well-trained and experienced instructors, 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 70 years, and second from scientific evidence about how persons 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 persons to read and write.
The Orton-Gillingham Approach is delivered at North Shore Pediatric Therapy with a one-on-one teacher-student instructional model. It is diagnostic and prescriptive in nature. The approach focuses upon the learning needs of the individual student. Phonological/phonemic awareness skills are emphasized while ongoing assessment is conducted during each lesson in reading, writing and spelling in order to directly monitor student skills and formulate a fresh instructional plan for the next session. Students with dyslexia need to master the same basic knowledge about language and its relationship to our writing system as any who seek to become competent readers and writers. However, because of their dyslexia, they need more help than most people in sorting, recognizing, and organizing the raw materials of language for thinking and use. Language elements that non-dyslexic learners acquire easily must be taught directly and systematically.
Orton-Gillingham satisfies the learning needs of dyslexic and non-dyslexic learners alike, in that each lesson utilizes all three pathways to the brain. It is therefore used with great success amongst a variety of students demonstrating difficulty in learning to read, write, and/or spell.
Members of the Academic Specialist team at North Shore Pediatric Therapy, have been certified in O.G. through the Scottish Rite program (Scottish Rite Dyslexia Center of Austin, TX). They are also IMSLEC (International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council) accredited.
(Information above, in part, adapted from Gillingham, Anna and Bessie W. Stillman. The Gillingham Manual: Remedial Training for Students with Specific Disability in reading, Spelling and Penmanship. (8th edition) Westford: 2012)
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