What is Orton-Gillingham?

Orton-Gillingham (OG) is a philosophy, not a curriculum, for teaching the structure and code of the English language. The philosophy has been in use since the 1930s and the techniques are sequential, systematic, multi-sensory and cumulative. 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 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 building fundamental skills: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension.

Do you work with students online?

Yes, we can connect with a student via Zoom.

How is progress measured?

The assessments used for the initial evaluation are re-administered every four months, and results are shared with parents and students. Session reports are e-mailed after every 8-10 lessons.

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, report and parent meeting, we include all of these in the package. Also included are materials used for home practice, which are yours to keep.

Can parents observe lessons?

Yes. We encourage parents to observe so they can better understand how their child learns, what their child is learning, and how to be a support and advocate.

Is there homework?

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-lesson days. Please see the contract in the Forms section of this website for detailed information on practice work.

What if I have to cancel?

Cancellations with 24 hours' notice can be rescheduled online through Appointment Plus for students working with Staff Specialists and by contacting our office for students working with Specialists-in-Training. Cancellations under 24 hours' notice are not made up. Make up sessions can also be done via Zoom.

Can I reschedule holidays or other closed dates?

Yes. These can be rescheduled through Appointment Plus or by contacting our office. Sessions can be made up via Zoom if you're out of town.

How do I get started?

Call 952.920.9280 to get the process rolling.
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