Asked • 04/29/19

Orton-Gillingham and Online Learning

Why do so many parents of "special needs" kids order us tutors to use Orton-Gillingham from the 1930's and refuse online learning?

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Deborah P. answered • 06/04/19

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Special Needs Teacher With 22 Years Teaching Experience

Malory C. answered • 04/29/19

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Special Education Teacher with 6+ Years of Experience

Connie Y.

Yes, exactly. Whatever works is good, but what works the best for that individual child? As a credentialed special ed teacher with over 15 years of experience and with a learning "disability" of my own and a child with one, too, I found Orton Gillingham far too limiting. Teachers/tutors should explore the best method for a child to learn and that can't be discovered when a parent JUST wants Orton Gillingham. It's an example of a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing.


Malory C.

Agreed! Sometimes it works for kids though, depending on how their brain works! And sometimes the parents actually have done their research and decided to go with Orton Gillingham. But I agree, every parent should explore various methods and research many options before settling on one. :)


Ann H.

Does anyone have a preferred method that is not OG that you feel comfortable recommending - especially for learning to read (perhaps with dyslexia)?


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