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What Is Orton-Gillingham?

Orton-Gillingham & Reading Remediation

The Orton-Gillingham approach is most frequently prescribed by psychologists for the remediation of reading and written expression disorders.  

Dyslexic students and students with reading and written expression disorders benefit from consistent and repetitive remediation of critical literacy skills using the Orton-Gillingham approach.  The Orton-Gillingham approach is a direct, multisensory, structured, sequential, and diagnostic method emphasizing reading, writing, and spelling.

Prep Academy’s Orton-Gillingham program includes highly-specialized pre-program and post-program testing to establish specific literacy competencies and testing using over a dozen standardized and criterion-referenced tests. Our testing presents a dashboard of a student’s present skill levels across the six domains identified by Congress’ National Reading Panel as being essential to master to achieve advanced literacy. These domains include: phonological awareness, phonics, oral fluency, vocabulary reading comprehension and written expression. Testing results are used to design an individually customized (not generic) curriculum that is psychologically and emotionally sensitive to achieve student accuracy and success.

Prep Academy’s Orton-Gillingham literacy program is highly beneficial for:

  • Students diagnosed with reading differences, including dyslexia. 
  • Students in elementary school who struggle with standardized tests including STAR and state tests
  • PSAT, SAT, ISEE vocabulary, grammar, and reading comprehension
  • Literacy skills transition from Middle to High School
  • Vocabulary, grammar, and reading skills remediation/acceleration.

Students who can benefit from Orton-Gillingham literacy remediation often show the following signs:

  • Difficulty with sounding out words
  • Slow and labored reading
  • Difficulty understanding the meaning of words and sentences
  • Difficulty with spelling and composing
  • Difficulty with grammar and punctuation
  • Difficulty with memorizing sight words

Meet our Orton-Gillingham specialist Jan Campbell