Welcome to Literacy for Life’s (now Edwards Orton-Gillingham) new website!

We’re excited to answer your questions or schedule a consultation. We’ve listed some of our most frequent questions below on the left. If you don’t find what you’re looking for there, please fill out the form below and one of our representatives will contact you ASAP.

How do I get started?

Selecting the course that is right for you is the first step. Each of our courses is created to help you get the information you need to succeed.

30 Hour Course

  • The 30-hour training course will introduce participants to the Orton-Gillingham multisensory reading approach and how to best use it in the classroom. The course follows the curriculum and guidelines of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and IDA.

60 Hour Course

  • The 60-hour training course provides trainees with information that will prepare them to work either 1:1 (tutoring) or in a small group using the Orton-Gillingham Approach. Trainees should strongly consider a supervised practicum and applying to the AOGPE and IDA for certification at this level.

100 Hour Course

  • The 100-hour training course guides trainees towards becoming fully certified dyslexia practitioners. At this level, trainees will become capable of explaining and applying the underlying principles, specific concepts, and procedures of the Orton-Gillingham Approach in any educational setting to any age group. The 60-hour coursework IS a prerequisite for taking this course.

How does Orton-Gillingham help individuals with dyslexia?

The Orton-Gillingham Approach helps students with dyslexia to better recognize and organize all the elements of language. The individual focus also gives learners the extra attention they may need, leading to increased linguistic competence and confidence.

Multisensory teaching concepts help to connect different areas of the brain that may need additional stimulation in order to process language. By using visual, kinesthetic, and auditory teaching techniques, a student with dyslexia can see, write, and listen to the way a letter or word sounds, helping them to better learn and recall when reading, writing, and spelling. This approach, which focuses on all the senses, shows students how to decode patterns in words on their own, all things which contribute to being successful in literacy.

What is Structured Literacy™ instruction?

According to the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), Structured Literacy™ is a term used to encompass both the structure of language itself as well as the structure of the instructional approaches to facilitate the literacy learning process. It refers to both the content as well as the principles of the instruction. This type of instruction is not only apt for general learners but can be especially efficient for those struggling with language-based learning difficulties like dyslexia or learning English as a second language.

The Structured Literacy™ approach focuses on things like phoneme and morpheme awareness, phoneme-grapheme correspondences, orthography, syntax, and semantics to help with the evolution of multisensory structured language learning. The Orton-Gillingham Approach uses techniques such as these, effectively falling under the Structured Literacy™ umbrella. Note that our 30-hour course guides trainees towards becoming certified Structured Literacy™ teachers from the International Dyslexia Association.

What is The Orton-Gillingham Approach?

Orton-Gillingham is a highly structured approach used to teach reading, spelling, and writing to all students, specifically those with dyslexia.

Developed by Dr. Samuel Orton, Anna Gillingham, and Bessy Stillman, the core focus of this proven approach is to teach reading and spelling in a logical, systemic, multisensory, and sequential way that meets the unique needs of the individual learner.

By using the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic centers of the brain, Orton-Gillingham aims to ‘rewire’ the neurological connections in the language centers of the dyslexic brain. For more information on the approach and how it can help students (especially those with dyslexia or other language-based learning difficulties), click here.

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