Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory approach to reading

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.

4 thoughts on “Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory approach to reading

  1. Readers who are interested in this approach might want to contact Remediation Plus (www.remediationplus.com) an outfit that trains users in O-G methods.
    They are located in Toronto and have worked with several school boards in Ontario as well as several US school districts.

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  2. Readers who are interested in this approach might want to contact Remediation Plus (www.remediationplus.com) an outfit that trains users in O-G methods.
    They are located in Toronto and have worked with several school boards in Ontario as well as several US school districts.

    Like

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