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What Is the Orton-Gillingham Approach, and Why Does the Depaul School Use It?

The Orton-Gillingham Approach is a style of teaching that is not like what most public schools teach. Where most schools have set guidelines and dates for when and what needs to be learned, the Orton-Gillingham Approach is focused on the needs of the students instead of the system.
This approach is designed for students who have difficulties with reading, writing, and spelling. It works especially well with dyslexic students, who may not learn in the same way and pace as a non-dyslexic student. This approach adapts to the actual needs in the classroom and for the individual students. This approach also leaves room to adapt to other needs in the classroom, such as the needs of students with ADHD and other learning differences.
The Orton-Gillingham Approach is based on a large amount of research on how reading is learned, and many trialed and tested methods that have been found to work well to teach students with reading difficulties. Some of these methods include a multisensory learning approach, Systematic Phonics, and teaching activities that combine reading, spelling, and writing together.
This approach also focuses on making sure that the students feel confident. Students who feel confident about themselves and about their ability to learn will be enthusiastic to learn more. Often dyslexic students in schools may struggle with self-image due to their learning differences, and we strive to make sure that students are confident in their abilities, and don’t feel left behind.
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Helping bright children meet their potential.

The dePaul School for Dyslexia is a specialized, independent school dedicated to the education of children in 1st-8th grades with dyslexia and related language-based learning difficulties, with the primary goal of enabling these students to achieve academic and personal success.

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