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What is Orton-Gillingham Reading Intervention?
An Orton-Gillingham (OG) reading program is made up of systematic, multisensory, phonics and language instruction. It is a scientific research-based diagnostic and prescriptive therapy to remediate and teach reading (literacy) and language skills.
Our reading intervention specialists are CALT (Certified Academic Language Therapists) and CALP (Certified Academic Language Practitioners) who are nationally licensed through ALTA (Academic Language Therapy Association) for individual certification. They are required to have a bachelors degree or graduate-level courses with a clinical practicum in order to participate in our training program certification, which is nationally accredited by IMSLEC (International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council). And, a final step is to successfully pass a national exam after course certification.
What are the Benefits of the Orton-Gillingham Approach?
Orton-Gillingham is a research-based, effective instruction theory that’s been used since the 1920s. It provides instruction in all areas of language-reading, writing, spelling, comprehension, phonological awareness, handwriting, fluency, syllabication, spelling rules & patterns, and morphology.
OG gives language and reading a structure, which can offer many benefits. It enhances memory skills by using all neural pathways to instruct and review language sounds, structure and processes. It can be used 1:1, in a small group, or for a whole class. It benefits struggling readers, typical learners and gifted learners because it is based on individual strengths and weaknesses. Ultimately, the Orton-Gillingham reading program creates a solid foundation for language and literacy by developing strategies for reading and comprehension.
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TES’ approach to an OG Program
How do we make therapy fun?
We use many different and fun manipulatives to encourage multisensory instruction and memory development as well as diagnostic, structured, and prescriptive lessons so students feel successful.
How do we work as a team?
We offer continuous learning and feedback on lessons and planning, we develop and share resources for in-person and virtual learning, and we work with teachers and therapists to collaborate and monitor student progress.
How do we include the family?
We share ongoing resources for background knowledge and other community resources, we work with schools to develop appropriate plans for students, and we advocate for students and families by teaching and promoting structured literacy.
FAQs About Orton-Gillingham Reading Programs
How do you explain Orton Gillingham Reading Intervention to a child?
It is a structured way to teach language and reading so our brain can connect pathways using our visual, auditory and kinesthetic/tactile modalities to help us learn and remember language and reading.
What conditions do Therapists treat?
TES Therapists treat dyslexia, reading disabilities, dysgraphia, SLD, weaknesses in written expression, encoding, decoding, and phonological awareness.
What is dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties in word recognition, spelling, decoding, phonological awareness, and reading comprehension.
What age should my child test for dyslexia?
Any age can look for characteristics of dyslexia. A formal evaluation can be done in PreK or Kindergarten.
How many times a week do kids need Reading Intervention?
5 days would be best, but 2-3 days per week is recommended in order to achieve the most progress and consistency.