Critical Components of the Orton-Gillingham Approach
- Multi-Sensory- the teaching of new concepts incorporates all of the learning pathways: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. This enables all learners to capitalize on their strengths while remediating their deficits.
- Structured, sequential, and cumulative- through direct, explicit instruction, it progresses logically at the primary level and progresses to more advanced concepts that build upon the previous skill learned, with practice and review
- Flexible- through assessment, differentiation, and grouping teachers can instruct students based on their needs
- Language-based- directly teaches the fundamental structure of language, starting with sound/symbol relationships and progresses to more complex concepts such as higher level spelling rules and Greek and Latin Bases.
What is IMSE’s Orton-Gillingham?
For over 25 years, the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education (IMSE) has refined their Orton-Gillingham approach to empower modern educators to teach the foundation of the English language.
- Adaptable- IMSE’s approach can be your primary reading program or integrate with your current reading program and curriculum. Lessons can be done in smaller parts to fit your daily/weekly schedule.
- Flexible- Assessment guides the instruction, so teachers can differentiate instruction and create groups based on readiness levels. IMSE’s Orton-Gillingham approach also fits into all three tiers of RtI from the whole classroom to 1:1
- Fits the modern classroom- IMSE’s approach meets the needs of today’s teachers and students
- More multi-sensory- IMSE is continually adding innovative and creative multi-sensory ideas to lessons and activities to keep students engaged and to meet the needs of all learning styles
- Uses technology- IMSE has created a lesson planning and assessment app called Interactive OG to make lesson prep, grouping, and reporting faster and easier
- Supports English Language Learners (ELL)- with the increase of ELL in classrooms across the country, IMSE is committed to using practices and strategies that best meet the needs of all students
- Teachers Teaching Teachers- All instructors are professionals in the field of education and have the first-hand experience using this in the classroom. Therefore, it is practical and relevant, not just theoretical.
IMSE believes that all children should be able to read. To achieve this end, IMSE wants to bring Orton-Gillingham to all educators to give children the best literacy instruction possible.
Learn more about what you can do to improve literacy for all using the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education’s Orton-Gillingham training.