Orton Gillingham is an approach that was developed in the 1930s by Samuel Orton, a neuropsychiatrist, and Anna Gillingham, an educator and psychologist, for people with dyslexia.

Orton Gillingham (OG) is not a curriculum or a program, although there are curricula and programs based on the Orton Gillingham approach. There are even some companies that use “Orton Gillingham” in their name. These companies may offer a scope and sequence and other tools to support the OG approach, but they are not and do not claim to be curriculum companies. Instead, they aim to provide professional development about the rules and structures that govern the English language, and about how to most effectively teach those rules and structures to all children.

Heather Fleming is co-founder of the nonprofit WY Lit. She is a certified structured literacy teacher and will complete her master’s degree in Reading Science at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2020. She provides a variety of training for educators and parents of struggling readers. Email: heather@wylit.org.

Kari Roden is co-founder of WY Lit. She is currently an intensive reading interventionist. Her expertise is in dyslexia and individualized, data-driven instruction for struggling readers. Email: kari@wylit.org.

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