Since 2003, Orton Gillingham Reading Specialists has been committed to providing effective reading and spelling remediation to struggling readers, as well as training and ongoing support to Orton Gillingham practitioners.  Owner and Executive Director Karen Sonday and the Master Reading Specialists on our team are among the most highly-trained Orton Gillingham practitioners in the world.

Our Philosophy

At Orton Gillingham Reading Specialists, reading, spelling, and pre-reading instruction are specifically tailored to the needs of each individual student, using the Orton Gillingham approach. This action-oriented approach keeps students engaged with varied activities that help them connect with and fully understand the English language.

The Orton-Gillingham philosophy—sequential, systematic, multi-sensory, and cumulative—is appropriate for all ages and skill levels. By intellectualizing the language, rather than depending on rote memorization, students are able to make sense of English. By removing the confusion and mystery, what seems to be an illogical system is shown to be quite regular and predictable. Our program offers step-by-step instruction that helps each student master skills in a cumulative way. Our techniques incorporate tactile and visual as well as auditory elements. Our curriculum ensures that every student has the skills and the confidence to succeed in and out of the classroom. Orton-Gillingham provides a solid foundation upon which individuals can build a thorough understanding of reading, writing, and vocabulary.

Because every student has different needs, there are no preconceived timelines or paths of progression. All sessions are unique. We constantly monitor student progress through teacher observation and formal evaluations every four months. We rely on our own assessments, as well as feedback from teachers, parents and the students themselves, to determine success. Some students may reach their goals within months; others may benefit from our services for years.