What is Orton-Gillingham?
Orton-Gillingham (O-G) is a research-based, multisensory approach to teaching reading, writing, spelling, penmanship, and other literacy skills to dyslexic individuals. It is named for Dr. Samuel Orton, a Harvard-trained neuropsychiatrist and pathologist, and Anna Gillingham, a psychologist and master educator, who together developed this pioneering approach. They brought together neuroscience with the best education and remedial practices.
Orton-Gillingham is the basis of many reading programs, including Wilson (and Fundations), PAF, and Lindamood-Bell LiPS. However, O-G itself is not a program; it is an instructional approach, based on the principles of diagnostic and prescriptive teaching. It can be personalized and tailored to any age or skill level, and it is extremely effective for students with any degree of reading, spelling, or writing difficulty, whether or not they have a dyslexia diagnosis. It is invaluable training for classroom teachers, reading specialists, and special educators, since by some estimates one in five people is dyslexic.