What is Orton-Gillingham?
Orton-Gillingham (O-G) is an approach to teaching the structure of language, from the sound/symbol awareness of consonants and vowels to reading comprehension and written expression.
O-G is based on the fact that all learning is multisensory and that all instruction to students must be visual (eyes), auditory (ears), kinesthetic (muscles), and tactile (fingers).
O-G is not a rigid program with a page-by-page script. The trained educator comes to understand that true instruction is diagnostic and prescriptive and is based on the needs of each student.
Orton-Gillingham & the Science of Reading
O-G is the Science of Reading because it
O-G is based on the Language Continuum, which includes reading (decoding), spelling (encoding), listening, speaking, fluency, comprehension, and writing. Therefore, O-G is the approach that should be used for every student in order to introduce and facilitate the natural growth of language.
O-G should be integrated into all types of classrooms: