If you've found yourself wondering why traditional methods of learning how to read haven’t been working for your child or loved one, know that you’re not alone. And the answer may be simpler than you think: they may need to be taught those complicated concepts in a way that works best for their neurology. Enter the Orton-Gillingham approach! The Orton-Gillingham approach is a method that taps into the connection between letters and sounds through multi-sensory strategies.
Now, you may be wondering... what are multi-sensory strategies? Rather than simply hearing instruction, a student synthesizes letters and sounds through many of their senses: sight, sound, touch (and sometimes even smell!). Given that every student learns and processes differently, strategies are completely individualized to your child’s needs. Some students enjoy writing their sounds and words in shaving cream; others enjoy creating 3D models from clay; others enjoy using scented crayons and markers. The Orton-Gillingham tutor working with your child ensures that concepts are presented in a way that works best for them.
So, what makes the Orton-Gillingham approach so respected amongst educators and practitioners? When we work with students struggling with reading challenges (also known as dyslexia), concepts are presented structurally and systematically. The Orton-Gillingham approach shows your child the “how” and “why” behind the linkage that they are learning, connecting it to the other concepts they’ve learned.
Learning how to read does not have to be enigmatic or seemingly impossible. Sometimes, all it takes is being taught in a way that works best for our complicated minds!