What is Orton-Gillingham Reading Therapy?

Reading is essential for learning.  It is not uncommon for children who are struggling academically to have a reading disorder.   At North Shore Pediatric Therapy, we have clinicians who have been specially trained in the Orton-Gillingham reading program.

What is the Orton-Gillingham Reading Program?

The Orton Gillingham reading program is a multi-sensory, kinesthetic, and phonics based approach.  OG follows structured lesson plans week to week that utilize multi-sensory activities that include the auditory, tactile, and visual senses. There are 5 levels, and each lesson plan integrates morphemic, syllabic, syntactic, semantic, grammatical, and diagraphic skills. Overall phonological awareness, decoding, encoding, and reading comprehension skills are targeted.

What does a typical session look like?

Each lesson plan follows the same activities; the skill will vary from each lesson plan.  Lesson plans incorporate letter and sound identification, blending of sounds to create nonsense and real words, word and sentence lists, auditory drills, spelling, sentence dictation, review of red words (i.e., words that do not follow a phonetic pattern) oral reading, and teaching of new material.  Once a child masters a particular skill (90% or great) he or she moves onto the next skill. Pretests and posttests are given at the beginning and end of each level to determine your child’s current knowledge of skills, and how much he or she has retained after completing a level.

Who would work with my child?

At NSPT, our Speech-Language Pathologists and Academic Specialists have been trained and are certified in the OG program.  After speaking with one of our Family-Child Advocates, the appropriate discipline will be chosen depending on the specific needs of your child.

How can my child get tested?

If you are concerned with your child’s reading, writing, or spelling skills, please contact one of our Family-Child Advocates to set up an evaluation.  Evaluations will be completed with our neuropsychology team who will diagnostically determine your child’s current level of reading skills and any appropriate diagnosis.  For example, dyslexia is a common reading disorder that can be remediated with the OG program.

If you are noticing your child is having a difficult time reading, or his or her teacher is reporting reading and global academic concerns, contact one of our Family-Child Advocates to learn of more information.