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The Orton Gillingham Reading Program

An Orton-Gillingham trained tutor is now available on campus at Broadfording Christian Academy for students who struggle with dyslexia or specific language disabilities. This tutoring is available for students of all ages who attend any school in Washington County. For more information, please contact Linda Higgins, 301-797-8886, ext. 118.

The Orton-Gillingham is an instructional approach intended for use with the person who has difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing. This approach is a research- proven, language-based method for teaching students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities to read and write.The Orton-Gillingham Approach is different from other methods of teaching. 

In particular, it is:

  • Multi-sensory – it engages all of the brain’s learning pathways (sight, sound, touch and motion) simultaneously.
  • Structured – it progresses logically from the most basic material to the more challenging; learning builds cumulatively with diligent practice and frequent review.
  • Individual – it is designed to meet the unique learning needs of the individual student. It may be used one-on-one or in small-group teaching.
  • Direct – it is explicit: rules are explained, goals are set and the learner works toward specific benchmarks.
  • Synthetic and analytic – it helps the learner understand and apply the rules of language: how the parts of language work together to form a whole and how the whole can be broken down into its various parts.

The Orton-Gillingham Approach also emphasizes specific learning content:

  • Phonology – phonemes are the smallest distinct units of sound in a language; phonological awareness is essential to the ability to read.
  • Sound-symbol association – helping the reader make the association, both by sight and by ear, of phonemes with their letters or combinations of letters.
  • Syllables – the six basic types of syllables and the rules that control word structure.
  • Morphology – just as a phoneme is the smallest unit of sound, a morpheme is the smallest unit of meaning. This includes the study of base words, roots, prefixes and suffixes.
  • Syntax and semantics – the rules that govern how words work together to convey meaning, including grammar, sentence structure and written language.
Contact Mrs. Linda Higgins
Broadfording Christian Academy 
Extension 118