To help them better understand Orton-Gillingham tutoring, I will often touch on a couple of different points.
The difference between a program and the Orton-Gillingham approach: Many parents are confused because they may have heard of one or more of the popular Orton-Gillingham based programs that are widely used in special education. One of these programs may be mentioned by name in recommendations from psychological testing or may be offered to their child at school when the recommendations say Orton Gillingham. They often wonder where OG or one of these other programs fits in. I like to help parents understand the difference between a program that is Orton Gillingham based, with its own scope and sequence, areas which it gives increased emphasis or areas that it may not address and what is sometimes referred to as “straight OG”. I like to help them understand that regardless of which is used, they want there to be certain characteristics in place.
What multi-sensory instruction means: Multi-sensory is an example of a buzz word that parents may hear, but never really have explained to them. Giving a brief overview of what multi-sensory teaching looks like and the way in which using multiple senses gives students multiple pathways for learning and retrieval. Using this language triangle poster may help.
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