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Dyslexia: An Introduction to the Orton-Gillingham Approach
Introduction: About this Course
Dyslexia: An Introduction to the Orton-Gillingham Approach is appropriate for teachers who have students who are experiencing difficulty learning to read and write. The course is also appropriate for parents of children with dyslexia, individuals with dyslexia who wish to gain an understanding of their learning differences, and tutors and teachers who wish to learn about this multisensory teaching approach.
This course provides an introduction to the Orton-Gillingham approach. The course may be considered a stepping stone to the advanced study and training required for certification in this teaching approach. At the conclusion of the ten-hour course, participants are eligible for membership in the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) at the Subscriber level.
The various lessons in this course are presented by fellows of the AOGPE, who are certified instructors of the Orton-Gillingham approach. Each lesson introduces information that Orton-Gillingham practitioners need to understand in order to design instruction that is effective, diagnostic, and prescriptive. The course introduces three strands that serve as the basis for all Orton-Gillingham instruction:
Learning characteristics of the individual with dyslexia.
Patterns, structure, and history of the English language.
Principles of the multisensory Orton-Gillingham approach.
The Orton-Gillingham Approach
The Orton-Gillingham approach is the result of the collaboration between Samuel Torrey Orton, a remarkable neuropsychiatrist, and Anna Gillingham, a gifted educator and psychologist. The approach is designed to enable individuals with dyslexia to cope with the symbols of language.
The Orton-Gillingham approach is structured, sequential, cumulative, and phonetically based. It is diagnostic and prescriptive, designed for a particular individual at a specific point in his or her learning. An emphasis on step-by-step skill development is essential to ensure both early success and lasting results. This approach is effective with students of all ages (elementary through adult) and can be applied in one-on-one, small group, or classroom settings.
The Orton-Gillingham philosophy is based on an understanding of the nature of human language, and of the language-learning processes in individuals. The philosophy is also rooted in knowledge of psychology and the structure of the human brain, which points to the logic of a multisensory approach to teaching language. In multisensory teaching, auditory, visual, and kinesthetic patterns reinforce one another for optimal learning. Involvement of multiple senses provides flexibility for accommodating the strengths and weaknesses of individual learning differences.
Have you ever heard of Project Read? These is a phonics based program that can be used starting in K. You may also want to look at the website from Project Read too. Here it is www.projectread.com