What Is Orton-Gillingham?

In the 1930s, neuropsychiatrist and pathologist Dr. Samuel T. Orton and educator, psychologist Anna Gillingham developed the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading instruction for students with “word-blindness,” which would later become known as dyslexia. Their approach combined direct, multi-sensory teaching strategies paired with systematic, sequential lessons focused on phonics.

Today, the Orton-Gillingham approach is used around the world to help students at all levels learn to read.

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Orton-Gillingham and Structured Literacy

Structured Literacy is an umbrella term that was adopted by the International Dyslexia Association to refer to the many programs (like Orton-Gillingham) that teach reading by following the evidence and research behind the Science of Reading.

Programs that exemplify the components and methods that are outlined in the term, Structured Literacy, have been found to be beneficial for all students and essential for students who struggle with reading.

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of 4th graders read at a "Below Basic" level*
of US adults possess low literacy skills*
students who do not read proficiently by 3rd grade likely to leave high school without a diploma vs. proficient readers*

Orton-Gillingham Training

Orton-Gillingham training is beneficial to all educators, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic where early literacy has been disrupted for young students.

For those interested in learning the Orton-Gillingham approach, programs that incorporate a broader Structured Literacy foundation have been shown to deliver strong outcomes.

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