The connecting hyphen in the term Orton-Gillingham is important to who we are and what we do.
Dr. Orton’s book is titled Reading, Writing, and Speech Problems in Children. He was among the first to move away from the concept of mere “remedial reading,” to treat all aspects of language as related, and to do so in a “language clinic.” AOGPE’s teaching is based on his understanding of neurology and neural connections in the building of memory.
Anna Gillingham, working with Bessie Stillman, developed the concept of the language triangle (auditory, visual, and kinesthetic). She organized the steps of language teaching, going from the simplest sounds in isolation, to syllables, words, phrases, and sentences. She understood the importance of building kinesthetic memory, of the role of handwriting and, for some students, of simultaneous oral spelling. She developed the system of rules and generalizations that lead to the cognitive aspect of the language, and she arranged everything in the Gillingham Manual which remains our most important text.
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