Why is Orton-Gillingham Needed?
One in five people has dyslexia which makes it difficult to learn to read.
The research clearly shows that early intervention gives the best result, but this is not happening in the schools. The National Institutes of Health report that 75% of children identified as having reading difficulties after nine years of age continue to have difficulties throughout High School. Why? Because traditional methods of reading instruction are ineffective for this population.
The Orton-Gillingham approach has been successfully used for more than 80 years and incorporates the components recommended by the National Institutes of Health for reading instruction. It is a structured, multisensory phonics approach integrated with phonological awareness. It is systematic, proceeding from simple to complex, and it is cumulative in that new information builds on what has been previously learned. Multisensory reinforcement and practice cements new learning into long-term memory. Although it is structured, the program is also flexible, which means that the method can be adapted by building on the strengths of the individual while providing remeditation of weaknesses.