Worth Repeating: Orton-Gillingham: Who, Where and Why?

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[Source:  Special Education Advisor]

ortonTo those of you who have tried (and some have succeeded) it seems like you need a secret handshake to get Orton-Gillingham training. After a quick search on the internet, it might appear that you need to fly to a destination that is most likely east of the Mississippi and requires at least two weeks of your time away from home. Then once you complete this two week training, you must dedicate the rest of your life to become ‘certified.’ But this is all an illusion, an illusion that really hampers the ability of very good people to get their knowledge and training to those who need it the most, the struggling kids.

Shattering the Illusion of Exclusivity

What is the illusion? Like special education is not a place, Orton-Gillingham is not a program, it is an approach. It is not ‘owned’ by any organization or publishing company. It is a theory, a teaching philosophy. There are many ways to implement the approach and many authors have done a great job adapting it to meet the needs of even the most struggling readers. So, yes, there is more than one place and one way to get trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach and some of it can be done in the comfort of your pajamas while sitting at a computer.

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