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.

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 and other informal assessments at the very first session.  This is not to provide a diagnosis, but 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.  You will also receive frequent reports from your Reading Specialist 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 long-term, 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.

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 emailed to the student.  (If your student is enrolled with a Reading Specialist in Training, 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.

How do I get started?

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