Our Orton-Gillingham Approach

Learning how to learn is one of the greatest gifts a child can receive. At Sage School, students are presented with the tools and strategies to unlock the code of the English language.
Language instruction and Orton-Gillingham remediation form the core of the education of a Sage School student. The instruction is multi-sensory, direct, and explicit.

Orton-Gillingham remediation, the best education a student with dyslexia can receive, is a multi-sensory approach to teaching children to read and write. While our approach is structured, sequential, and cumulative, it is also individualized to meet the needs of the learner. Rather than rote learning, our tutors address the language cognitively, teaching the student how the language works. An Orton-Gillingham classroom provides individualized instruction to meet the students’ needs in the areas of encoding, spelling, handwriting, written expression, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.

This educational philosophy teaches the structure of the English language in a multi-sensory, structured, sequential, and organized manner. In this way, the dyslexic student can internalize the rule structure of our language. Students learn a rule-based system for both decoding and applying spelling generalizations.

Letters and sounds are first taught separately through auditory, visual, and kinesthetic linkages. Then they are blended together to form words for reading and spelling. More advanced students learn to identify the prefixes, roots, and suffixes as meaningful units of words. Reading and spelling tasks are carefully designed so the student has success without relying on guessing.

The individual words are then put together to form sentences. Later, students learn to identify the structure of written passages, to write the outline of a passage, and to create a well-constructed report.

Sage School tutors have extensive training and experience in the Orton-Gillingham approach. Our content teachers have each received training in the Orton-Gillingham approach resulting in a cohesive team. Therefore, as students moves through their daily class schedules, they experience consistency in the manner they are taught.