Orton Reads a Gnu and So Can You! Some children struggle to learn to read, spell, and write. Studies have shown that 74% of poor readers in the third grade remain poor readers in the ninth grade. Without specialized instruction, these children may not read, spell, and write at a level which would allow them to reach their highest potential. The Achieve Center’s new reading program, Orton Reads a Gnu and So Can You! will assist a child to learn:
The rules of the English language which direct the spelling and pronunciation of words
To break words down visually to syllables and sounds to be able to read the word
To break words down orally into syllables and sounds to spell the word
Fluency and automaticity at the word level
Continuous text fluency and composition
Parents are instructed in the approach, so as to be able to assist their children at home with practice assignments and with translating skills to their school work.
Orton-Gillingham is an approach not a program. It is an evidence-based, scientifically researched approach to help children and adults with dyslexia learn to read and spell. Orton-Gillingham is:
Diagnostic and prescriptive
Systematic and structured
Sequential and cumulative
An approach that will help develop linguistic competence
With one year of instruction, a child may grow one academic grade.
The Orton Reads a Gnu and So Can You! program requires a minimum of a 3 month commitment with once to twice weekly 1 hour sessions. The requirement is made so the participants can have an opportunity to develop the skills and proficiency necessary for further skills and acquisition.