F.A.Q.s

Are you open during the COVID19 pandemic?

Yes! We are offering all of our student programs ONLINE!  Our educator programs are now offered online, as well.  We are conducting business as usual and our instructors are working with students and educators via Zoom.

What is Orton-Gillingham?

Orton-Gillingham (OG) is a philosophy, not a curriculum, for teaching the structure and code of the English language.  Orton Gillingham IS structured literacy. The philosophy has been in use since the 1930s and the techniques are sequential, systematic, multi-sensory, and cumulative.  But most importantly, the approach works. The system relies on phonics and progresses from teaching the fundamentals of word-formation to advanced-level word attack. The brainchild of Samuel Torrey Orton, a neuropsychiatrist and pathologist, and Anna Gillingham, an educator and psychologist, their philosophy is based on extensive studies of children with language processing difficulties like those of dyslexia. Together they developed a teaching approach to help these children and mentored teachers accordingly.

What is the Sonday System?

The Sonday System is a unique and individualized reading curriculum based on the Orton-Gillingham philosophy that aims to help students improve their reading and spelling skills. It was developed by Arlene Sonday, founding fellow and first president of the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE). It is appropriate for all ages and skill levels, pre-reading through college prep. It meets the standards outlined by The National Reading Panel, The National Institutes of Health and Human Services, and No Child Left Behind.

What is Reading Therapy?

Reading Therapy is intensive, individualized, potentially long-term remediation. The focus is on building fundamental skills: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.

How many sessions per week does my child need?

Students can need from 2 to 4 sessions per week, depending on how severe the reading deficit.  The usual number is 2 sessions per week.  (One session per week is for maintenance only.)

How is progress measured?

We administer criterion-referenced testing at the very first session.  This is not to diagnose an issue, merely to tell us your student’s reading and spelling levels and identify any gaps in learning.  Every four months, the same testing is given, so you’ll be able to see your student’s progress.  Also, every 8 – 10 sessions, you will receive a progress report from the teacher, discussing what your student has been learning, with comments on progress.

Why tuition instead of fee-for-service?

We see students on a twice-weekly basis but the number of sessions per month varies based on the calendar. Since our students are generally here on a long-term basis, we use an average based on a typical calendar year.  Additionally, rather than invoicing you for every phone call, email, assessment, report, teaching materials, and parent meeting, all of these are included in the tuition package.  Tuition during the summer is per session to allow for flexibility.

Are there any scholarships available for tuition?

There are scholarships available right now through the International Dyslexia Association and also a local organization called Dyslexia United.  Please contact them directly for more information.

Is there a tax deduction for tuition?

There may be situations in which you can deduct part of your tuition.  Please consult your tax professional.

Can we use our HSA or FSA account to pay for tuition?

There may be situations in which you can – please consult your HSA or FSA plan administrator.

Can parents observe lessons?

Yes. We encourage parents to observe so they can better understand how their child learns, what their child is learning, how to best do Practice Work with their student, and to be an informed advocate for their child.

Is there practice work?

Yes, there is practice work for our regular program students. We believe that daily practice is essential. We provide specific material for each student and we recommend about 25 minutes a day on non-session days.  Practice work is either emailed or mailed to the student.  (If your student is enrolled with a Student Teacher, there is no practice work.)

What if I have to cancel?

Cancellations with at least 24 hours’ notice can be rescheduled.  Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice may not be made up.

Can I reschedule sessions that fall during holidays or other dates when the Center is closed?

Yes, these can be rescheduled.

How do I get started?

Call (952) 920-9280 to get the process rolling or contactus@ogreading.com.