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Reading Intervention

Reading Intervention

What is Dyslexia:

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in nature. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition, poor spelling and decoding. These difficulties typically stem from a deficit in the phonological component of language (matching sound and letters) mastery. Children with Dyslexia often present with the following characteristics:

  • Trouble with reading (silent or aloud)
  • Poor spelling, grammar and/or handwriting
  • Trouble organizing and writing thoughts and ideas
  • Weak memory
  • Difficulty sounding out short or long words
  • Weak vocabulary
  • Trouble understanding what is read
  • Delayed spoken language as a child

What is The Orton-Gillingham Method?

The Orton-Gillingham Programs were developed with the recognition that reading, spelling and language are interrelated and, as such, focus on connecting reading, spelling, writing and oral language. Orton-Gillingham provides a structured, sequential, multi-sensory format moving from concrete to abstract and from simple to complex utilizing repetition to achieve automation and considerable scaffolding techniques to support varied skill levels.

The Orton-Gillingham Method has been proved to be effective for more than 80 years for children with dyslexia as well as English Language Learners.

Orton-Gillingham focused intervention Develops and Reinforces the following skills:

  • Phonemic Segmentation
  • Alphabetic Principle
  • Decoding/Encoding
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Sight Word Instruction
  • Reading Fluency
  • Comprehension
  • Metacognition

Dyslexia and Orton-Gillingham Resources

Yale Center for Dyslexia

Orton Gillingham

Dyslexia Resources at University of Michigan

International Dyslexia Association