Dyslexia: Orton-Gillingham Approach

Instruction and Learning
Dyslexia: Orton-Gillingham Approach

As expert reading adults, we underestimate how difficult it is to learn how to read. That’s because reading is one of the most complex skills the brain will ever take on. New research shows that approximately 10 to 20 percent of the population has dyslexia, a descriptive term for a specific developmental disorder that adversely affects the ability to read and write. Orton-Gillingham is a highly regarded approach to teaching struggling students with dyslexia how to read. This course is designed to provide a brief overview of the Orton-Gillingham Approach to reading instruction. Topics covered include the origins of Orton-Gillingham; the reading process and the language of reading; characteristics and principles; and additional training and accreditation.

Course Authors
Doria Sullivan, MEd
Doria Sullivan, MEd, has been a general and exceptional children’s educator, literacy consultant, adjunct professor and dyslexia delegate. She co-authored Reading Research to Classroom Practice, a professional development course on the science of reading. Formally trained in numerous research-based reading methodologies, including the Orton-Gillingham Approach, her work focuses on improving efforts in literacy instruction and programming. She has delivered workshops and training on a range of topics, including the science of reading and dyslexia. She is currently spearheading a large-scale implementation of Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) in the third largest school district in North Carolina.


42 minutes