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Orton-Gillingham Approach

Written by Rebecca Dove

February 25, 2022

  • Reading programs for struggling readers
  • Orton Gillingham Reading Program
  • Dyslexia Teaching Resources

For readers who are struggling to read, cannot read, have dyslexia, or have a unique learning style that does not fit the traditional education model, the Orton Gillingham Approach is a possible way to help a reader.

What is Orton Gillingham

The Orton-Gillingham Online Academy states that “In recent years, the Orton Gillingham Approach has also been adopted in general education classrooms, and has been very effective with the general education population. Due to the prescriptive nature of the Orton Gillingham Approach, the lesson plans target the student’s individual learning needs. It is so important to accommodate the varying needs and acknowledge the different learning styles by incorporating multisensory strategies in the classroom. In doing so, we set our students up for success, as well as ignite in them a renewed excitement and zest for learning.”

Teaching Resources

Teaching materials for early learners have materials for children to tap, clap, illustrate, and do more to meet their needs. 

Treetops Education published a practical book, Teach Reading with Orton-Gillingham.” They describe this approach as a “a teaching method for readers with Dyslexia and who struggle to read.  Multisensory instruction appealing to the 5 senses where readers use touch, sight, and hearing to learn to read. 

Some strategies include

Using manipulatives 

Writing letters with dough or magnets.



With the nuances ofreading, it is no wonder why youth need approaches that meet their learning styles. Additionally, there are approximately 16 sites across the United States that are certified to provide instruction using the Orton Gillingham Approach.

Horizon’s Academy is a private school where their staff serves children with dyslexia. What makes them unique is their ability to teach math, science, reading, and the integrated arts with a hands-on approach and manipulatives. Their teaching approach here.

The Orton-Gillingham has been an effective approach to give your reader the foundation to read. Also, please check out Read2Think to learn about our online program.

Read2Think is a web application to help parents, educators, and students to discover a child’s reading challenge. Our software applies machine learning and humans to assess how children read. Visit our homepage to sign up or learn more.

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