What is Orton-Gillingham?
Orton-Gillingham (OG) is a philosophy, not a curriculum, for teaching the structure and code of the English language.
The philosophy has been in use since the 1930s and the techniques are sequential, systematic, multi-sensory and cumulative. But most importantly, the approach works.
The system relies on phonics and progresses from teaching the fundamentals of word-formation to advanced-level word attack.
The brainchild of Samuel Torrey Orton, a neuropsychiatrist and pathologist, and Anna Gillingham, an educator and psychologist, their philosophy is based on extensive studies of children with language processing difficulties like those of dyslexia. Together they developed a teaching approach to help these children and mentored teachers accordingly.
What is the Sonday System?
The Sonday System is a unique and individualized reading curriculum based on the Orton-Gillingham philosophy that aims to help students improve their reading and spelling skills. It was developed by Arlene Sonday, founding fellow and first president of the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE). It is appropriate for all ages and skill levels, pre-reading through college prep. It meets the standards outlined by The National Reading Panel, The National Institutes of Health and Human Services and No Child Left Behind.
What is Reading Therapy?
Reading Therapy is intensive, individualized, potentially long-term remediation. The focus is on building fundamental skills: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.
Do you work with students online?
Yes, we can connect with a student using Zoom. There are system requirements to use Zoom for a session.
How is progress measured?
The assessments used for the initial evaluation are re-administered every four months, and results are shared with parents and students. Session reports are e-mailed after every 8-10 lessons.
Why tuition instead of fee-for-service?
We see students on a twice-weekly basis but the number of sessions per month varies based on the calendar. Since our students are generally here on a long term basis, we use an average based on a typical calendar year. We assume that there will be occasional absences due to student illness, weather, the center's closed dates, and emergencies so these are taken into account. Additionally, rather than invoicing you for every phone call, email, report, and parent meeting, we include all of these in the package. Also included are materials used for home practice, which are yours to keep.
Can parents observe lessons?
Yes. We encourage parents to observe so they can better understand how their child learns, what their child is learning, how to best do Practice Work with their student and to be an informed advocate for their child.
Is there practice work?
Yes. We believe that daily practice is essential. We provide specific material for each student and we recommend about 25 minutes a day on non-session days. Please see the contract for detailed information on practice work.
What if I have to cancel?
Cancellations with at least 24 hours' notice can be rescheduled. Cancellations with less than 24 hours' notice may not be made up. Sessions can also be done via Zoom.
Can I reschedule sessions that fall during holidays or other dates when the Center is closed?
Yes, these can be rescheduled. Sessions can also be done via Zoom if you're out of town.
How do I get started?
Call (952) 920-9280 to get the process rolling. Go to How to Register a Student for more information.