Ep 14. What is the OG Approach and Guiding Principles?Mar 08, 2023
The Orton-Gillingham (OG) Approach is known as the "Gold Standard" for teaching dyslexics how to read and write. Neuropsychiatrist Dr. Samuel Orton and gifted educator and psychologist, Anna Gillingham, developed a multi-sensory approach to improve reading and writing skills in children with dyslexia. They developed a set of key principles for practitioners to work from. Those guiding principles are: Diagnostic and Prescriptive; Individualized; Language-Based and Alphabetic/Phonetic; Simultaneous Multisensory; Direct and Explicit; Structured, Sequential, and Cumulative, but Flexible; Synthetic and Analytic; Cognitive; and Emotionally Sound.
An essential takeaway from this episode is Orton-Gillingham is an approach, not a structured program or curriculum. In the eyes of the practitioner, every individual receives individualized guidance from simple to more complicated tasks. Instead of a one-size-fits-all model, Orton-Gillingham, at its core, is centered around the individual learning needs of each student.
On today's episode, I break down what the Orton-Gillingham Approach is, other programs derived from it, and how the guiding principles support your child on their learning journey with dyslexia.
- How essential it is to have a flexible approach in working with dyslexia
- The Orton-Gillingham Approach: what it is and why it matters to those learning with dyslexia
- The importance of working one-on-one with a practitioner and using multi-sensory material
- The benefits of working at your own pace when learning with dyslexia
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