Learning to read can sometimes be very difficult for some children. And, while there are many methods to teaching literacy, none have been as effective as those that are hands-on, highly structured and multi-sensory.
One of those approaches — a source on which my own textbook was based — is the Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory method. It uses techniques that teach specific learning-to-read (the structured first phase) and reading-to-learn ( comprehension skills), such as:
- The study and awareness of phonology — the study of sounds;
- Sound-symbol association (being able to identify letters and letter combinations);
- Discrete syllable instruction (e.g., about morphemes, how letters are combined to form words, such as prefixes and root words);
- Syntax — the sequence and function of words that convey meaning; and
- Semantics and comprehension — how it all goes together into sentences and paragraphs.
And, the way it is taught is by using a variety of multi-sensory methods, such as reading out loud, using visual technology, using listening and verbal aids such as a tape-recorder and using kinesthetic and tactile techniques (e.g., drama and tracing).
So, while formal training may not be possible for everyone, particularly parents (e.g., homeschoolers), they can gain a lot of knowledge just by reading up on the subject. As such, I have provided some links for both parents and practitioners to check out the Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory approach to teaching reading. Just click on each point separately.
- The Orton-Gillingham approach.
- About the Orton-Gillingham methodology.
- Where educators and other practitioners can go for training.
- The Orton-Gillingham catalogue of resources.
- Additional link for supplies and materials.
- Just the Facts — A PDF file from the International Association for Dyslexia.
- The website “Remediationplus.com” (H/T Educ8m).