Reading/ Orton-Gillingham Instruction

Orton-Gillingham is an approach to teaching reading, writing, and spelling for individuals with language-based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia.

Sharon was trained in, and uses, a pure Orton-Gillingham approach when working with students. This method of instruction is not based on any system or program, but a deep knowledge of the structures and elements of language. Pure Orton-Gillingham instruction allows for individualized, flexible, and responsive teaching.

Sharon is certified at the Associate Level by the Orton-Gillingham Academy. She also works as an Orton-Gillingham Teacher Support Specialist and Associate Trainer for EdwardsOG/ Literacy for Life. To learn more about the organization's rigorous training and certification standards, click here.

Student Writing

The Orton-Gillingham Approach is...



Instruction is based on a child's individual learning profile and needs.



Visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic pathways are engaged to optimize learning.


Language-based. All language structures are taught, including grammar and word meaning, to create competent readers and writers. 


Cumulative. Students move sequentially from the simple to the complex as they master each level of language skills. 



Students are taught the what, how, and why of what they are learning.


Diagnostic and Prescriptive.

Assessment is ongoing and consistent. Previous lessons inform future lessons.


Emotionally Sound.

Instruction seeks to help students experience feelings of success.