Orton-Gillingham

Guest Authored By Andrea Levy, MS, CCC-SLP

What is Orton-Gillingham? 

Orton-Gillingham (OG) is one of the oldest teaching methods for individuals who have difficulty reading or spelling. This method was founded by Samuel T. Orton, a neuropsychiatrist and pathologist, and Anna Gillingham, an educator and psychologist, in the 1930s. Dr. Orton identified dyslexia as an educational problem and encouraged Anna Gillingham to create instructional materials and teacher trainings on what later became known as the OG approach. The OG approach was the first phonics-based, multi-sensory method to improve reading. Multi-sensory learning has been proven to help children with dyslexia learn to read and write. OG lessons use sight, hearing, touch, and movement to help students learn and retain the concepts they are taught. 

Who can benefit from the Orton-Gillingham approach? 

The OG approach was created to help children with dyslexia; however, any child who is struggling to learn to read or is not yet reading or writing at grade-level can benefit from this program. 

Where can my child receive Orton-Gillingham services? 

At Eyas Landing, speech-language pathologists trained in OG provide individual OG therapy sessions. It is recommended that a child attend OG therapy sessions one to two times per week for 60 minutes each for the program to be effective.  

How can a speech-language pathologist help? 

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) trained in OG can help your child achieve their academic goals. Since SLPs are experts in phonological processing, they can help your child improve the phonological skills required for reading and writing. In addition, many children with reading or writing difficulties also have deficits in their comprehension or expressive language, which can be diagnosed and treated by a speech-language pathologist.  

Resources: 

https://www.orton-gillingham.com/about-us/orton-gillingham/ 

https://www.ortonacademy.org/resources/what-is-the-orton-gillingham-approach/