Frequently Asked Questions
What is Orton-Gillingham?
Orton-Gillingham was founded by Samuel Orton, a neuropsychiatrist, and Anna Gillingham, educator and psychologist, as a methodology to teach students with dyslexia and other language processing difficulties. Orton-Gillingham programs teach learners in a sequential, explicit, multisensory way. Programs such as Barton Reading & Spelling System, Wilson Reading System, and Lindamood-Bell all fall under the umbrella of utilizing the Orton-Gillingham methodology, and are all systems are foundational in our students’ programs.
Do you offer assessments?
We offer student assessments as a way to guide our individualized student programs. These are conducted by a master’s degree level Education Specialist. We do not provide a diagnosis or formal assessments; however, our screeners provide a gauge of a student’s current reading level and math skills.
What is online tutoring?
Our online tutoring option includes one-on-one instruction using the Barton Reading & Spelling System in an online format. The sessions are conducted with a live instructor in a video conference where instructor is able to share computer screen and control of the mouse with the student. Our online curriculum includes activities such as building with tiles, working on sight words, and reading for fluency. Users are required to use Google Chrome as the web browser as well as Zoom.us for video conferencing. Both services are free to use.
What do you address in small group sessions, and how are students grouped together?
We are able to address the same concepts in our small groups as we do in our individual sessions with the same curriculum. This includes teaching using our Orton-Gillingham based programs to work on skills such as phonics, phonemic awareness, reading fluency, math skills and reading comprehension.