Orton-Gillingham Tutoring FAQ

Introduction to Orton-Gillingham

Orton-Gillingham is a structured, multisensory approach designed to help individuals with dyslexia and other reading difficulties. This methodology emphasizes the connection between spelling and sounds, ensuring that students can decode and spell accurately and efficiently. As a certified Orton-Gillingham tutor, I have seen firsthand the transformative impact this approach can have on struggling readers.

What is Orton-Gillingham?

Orton-Gillingham (OG) is a highly effective teaching method that uses a sequential, cumulative, and explicit approach to teach reading and spelling. Developed by Dr. Samuel Orton and educator Anna Gillingham, this methodology is particularly beneficial for individuals with dyslexia. The OG approach involves teaching the structure of language in a systematic way, combining visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning elements to enhance memory and learning.

As a certified Orton-Gillingham tutor, I pair the most effective elements of the classic Orton-Gillingham approach with newer techniques based on recent research. By incorporating instruction in the areas of vocabulary, phonemic awareness, writing and morphology instruction, I help students grow in all their areas of literacy need.

How Does Orton-Gillingham Tutoring Work?

Orton-Gillingham tutoring is tailored to meet the unique needs of each student. Here’s how it works:

1. Assessment: Each student begins with an assessment to determine their current reading level and specific areas of difficulty. This includes asking them to read words in a list or in a brief story, spell words with particular patterns, and answer questions about their reading. This helps to identify the right starting point for tutoring.

2. Personalized Lesson Plans: Based on the assessment, a personalized lesson plan is created to address the student’s specific needs. These lessons review recently taught concepts and/or introduce a new concept. Each lesson includes multiple opportunities for reading and writing practice that promote retention and

3. Multisensory Instruction: Lessons incorporate visual, auditory, and kinesthetic elements to reinforce learning. For example, students might trace letters in sand while saying the corresponding sounds.

4. Sequential and Cumulative: Skills are taught in a logical order, building from simple to more complex, with each lesson building on previous ones.

5. Explicit Instruction: Concepts are taught explicitly and systematically, ensuring that students fully understand each component of the language before moving on.

Who Can Benefit from Orton-Gillingham Tutoring?

Orton-Gillingham is ideal for students of all ages who struggle with reading, spelling, and writing. This includes:

– Children diagnosed with dyslexia

– Students with other learning disabilities or neurodivergence

– English language learners

– Individuals who have not responded to traditional reading instruction

What Are the Benefits of Orton-Gillingham Tutoring?

The Orton-Gillingham approach offers numerous benefits:

Improved Reading Skills: By focusing on the structure of language, students develop strong decoding and comprehension skills.

Enhanced Spelling: The systematic teaching of spelling rules helps students spell more accurately.

Increased Confidence: As students experience success with reading and spelling, their self-esteem and confidence grow.

Tailored Learning: Each lesson is customized to meet the individual needs of the student, ensuring targeted and effective instruction.

How Long Does It Take to See Results?

The time it takes to see results with explicit reading and writing tutoring varies. It depends on the student’s initial skill level, the frequency of tutoring sessions, and the student’s engagement and practice. Many students begin to show improvement within a few months of consistent tutoring, but ongoing support may be necessary to achieve long-term success. Younger students generally catch up faster than older students. That’s why prompt diagnosis and intervention is so essential.

What Makes Orton-Gillingham Different from Other Reading Programs?

Orton-Gillingham stands out from other reading programs due to its multisensory, individualized approach. Unlike one-size-fits-all methods, OG is designed to adapt to each student’s unique learning needs. The emphasis on explicit instruction and cumulative learning ensures that no gaps are left in the student’s understanding of language.

Finding an Orton-Gillingham Tutor

When looking for an Orton-Gillingham tutor, it is important to choose someone who is certified and experienced in this specialized approach. A qualified tutor will have undergone extensive training and be able to provide personalized instruction tailored to your child’s specific needs. Look for tutors who have certifications from recognized organizations.


Orton-Gillingham tutoring can be a game-changer for individuals struggling with reading and spelling. By using a structured, multisensory approach, this methodology helps students develop the skills they need to become confident, independent readers. If you are interested in learning more about Orton-Gillingham tutoring or would like to schedule an assessment, please contact me today.

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