Orton Gillingham Reading Method

Kelly Mares Allison Etteldorf

Who discovered it?

This method was developed in the early 20th century by Samuel Orton and Anna Gillinghand. Orton was an American neuro-psychiatrist and pathologist who studied children with reading disabilities. Orton made the discovery that students were being referred to having cognitive disabilities because of their struggle with reading. Orton teamed up with a Anna Gillinghand who was a teacher as well as a psychologist. She implemented Orton's ideas about reading in the classroom and developing a multisensory reading program for students.
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What is the Orton Gillingham Reading Method

This method focuses on teaching children to read at the word level and uses an approach that incorporates all senses. For example, students may learn the letter A by seeing it, saying its name and sounding it out while writing it with their fingers in shaving cream. This language based, multisensory, structured approach has been used since the 1930’s. This approach has been primarily targeted for individuals who have high amounts of difficulty with reading and writing and primarily show the characteristics of dyslexia.
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What is Dyslexia? Dyslexia is made up of two parts dys meaning difficult with lexia meaning words. People with dyslexia have a difficulty with words in one or more of the following areas: reading, handwriting, spelling, listening, language expression and organizing information

What is the Orton-GIllingham Aprroach focused on? This approach is focused on the learning needs of the INDIVIDUAL student.

Who is this approach appropriate for?

The Orton Gillingham approach is appropriate for teaching individuals, small groups, and classrooms. It is appropriate for teaching in the primary, elementary, intermediate grades, and at the secondary and college level as well as for adults. The explicit focus of the approach has been and continues to be upon persons with the kinds of language processing problems associated with dyslexia.


Level 1 Certification

After completing our Comprehensive Course (30 hours), participants can apply for the 45 hour practicum that expands your understanding and use of IMSE’s OG methodology (Option A). After completing our Advanced Course (24 hours), participants can apply for the 45 hour practicum for that course (Option B). During practicum, participants will develop lesson plans, be observed, and have a one-on-one coach on using the OG methodology in their classroom or with an individual student. Participants will also be required to take an exit exam upon completion of their lesson plans. Choosing either of these options would give you a Level 1 Certification (in either Comprehensive or Advanced depending on which option you chose).

Level 2 Certification

Our second level of certification is Level 2 Specialist. This is for participants who decide to do both practicums and take both courses (Comprehensive and Advanced). We ask that you complete one practicum at a time. For example, take the 30 hour course and complete the practicum. Then, take the 24 hour course and complete the practicum (or vice versa). This would take approximately eighteen months to two years to complete.