Orton-Gillingham York Region

Personalized Structured Literacy

Orton-Gillingham direct instruction for dyslexia - a solid foundation for learning!

A strong foundation for learning

A Brief Background 

Developed by neuropsychiatrist and pathologist Dr. Samuel T. Orton and by educator and psychologist Anna Gillingham, this approach recognizes and addresses the specific needs of the dyslexic learner by providing systematic, cumulative and personalized instruction, using multi-sensory techniques. The outcomes are improved reading accuracy and comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, written work and spelling skills.  The professional body that oversees the O-G approach and its instruction, is the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE). They are committed to establishing and maintaining "professional and ethical standards for practitioners and educators of the Orton-Gillingham approach for the treatment of dyslexia." Contact Karen to see how this approach will meet the needs of your struggling learner. 


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 The Orton-Gillingham approach is not a system or program but an approach to instruction that is exclusively based on the needs of each individual student. Components of a lesson may include but are not limited to the following:
  • visual/auditory drills
  • kinesthetic reinforcement
  • phonemic awareness  (focus on sounds)
  • phonics 
  • fluency (addressed at all levels)
  • comprehension
  • orthography (spelling)
  • handwriting 
  • etymology (history of language)
  • morphology (word structure)
  • study skills and learning strategies

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Providing personalized Orton-Gillingham instruction for learners with dyslexia in Stouffville