Are you open during the COVID19 pandemic?

We are offering our full student program ONLINE!  Our offices are closed and our teachers are working with students 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.)

Do you work with students online?

Yes, we can connect with a student using Zoom.  There are system requirements to use Zoom for a session.

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. We assume that there will be occasional absences due to student illness, weather, the center's closed dates, and emergencies so these are taken into account. 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. 

Is there any kind of 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. 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. Please see the contract for detailed information on 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. Sessions can also be done via Zoom.

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

Yes, these can be rescheduled. Sessions can also be done via Zoom if you're out of town.

How do I get started?

Call (952) 920-9280 to get the process rolling.  Go to How to Register a Student for more information.