What is Orton-Gillingham?

Orton-Gillingham (OG) , more recently called structured literacy, is a powerful approach for teaching literacy. If your child struggles with dyslexia or other reading, spelling, and/or writing difficulties, using this method could be a game-changer.

The Orton-Gillingham Structured Literacy Approach

Orton-Gillingham structured literacy methods are focused on teaching the structure of language clearly, logically, and systematically,  taking the guesswork out of reading, spelling, and writing. It is especially helpful for struggling readers, particularly those with dyslexia.

Key Components of Orton-Gillingham:

Multisensory Techniques: Orton-Gillingham structured literacy methods engage multiple senses—sight, sound, touch—supporting critical foundations for learning, including attention and self-regulation.

Structured and Sequential Instruction: Lessons are carefully organized, progressing from basic to complex concepts. This sequential structure aids in building a solid foundation for reading and spelling skills.

Individualized, Data-Based Instruction: Recognizing that every child benefits from learning at their own pace, Orton-Gillingham structured literacy methods use the child’s practice data to personalize and pace instruction.

Phonics Emphasis: Central to Orton-Gillingham structured literacy is a modernized, research-backed emphasis on teaching phonics—the relationship between sounds and letters–in a way that makes sense and is useful for both reading and spelling. This is crucial for dyslexic learners who struggle with reading words and spelling them.

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How Can Orton-Gillingham Structured Literacy Help Kids with Dyslexia?

For children with dyslexia, traditional teaching methods may fall short. Orton-Gillingham structured literacy, with its specialized approach, can:

Build Reading Confidence: Through clear instruction and repeated practice, children gain confidence in reading and spelling.

Improve Spelling Skills: Understanding why words are spelled as they are helps children remember spelling patterns and regular practice helps them become proficient spellers and writers.

Enhance Phonemic Awareness: Developing a strong connection between sounds and letters supports phonemic awareness, a key component of literacy.

Build Vocabulary: Developing an awareness of word parts (prefixes, bases, and suffixes) helps children read, spell, and understand new words.

Cater to Individual Needs: Using a data-based approach, Orton-Gillingham structured literacy allows each child to move forward at their own pace.

Understanding the Orton-Gillingham structured literacy approach can empower you as a parent to make informed decisions about your child’s education. If you’re seeking effective strategies for supporting your child with dyslexia, consider exploring the benefits of the Lexercise Structured Literacy CurriculumTM.For more information and resources, feel free to explore our website or contact us directly. Together, we can unlock the door to a brighter future for your child.