What is the Orton-Gillingham Approach?
This type of program combines multi-sensory techniques along with the structure of the English language. Those items taught include: phonemes and morphemes, such as prefixes, suffixes, and roots. Common spelling rules are introduced as well. Multi-sensory education incorporates the three learning pathways, which are: auditory, kinesthetic, and visual. This approach is beneficial not only for students with dyslexia, but for all learners. It can be implemented in a large group setting as well as with individuals, small groups and at-risk populations.
Often Orton-Gillingham is interpreted as an approach only meant for reading remediation; however, the multi-sensory component impacts all children. The uniqueness of this type of instruction is that it allows the educator to capitalize on an individual student’s dominant learning modality while delivering instruction that will strengthen the remaining learning pathways. – Institute for Multi-Sensory Education
About Our Director
Lauren Palianto is a certified Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Therapist with 11 years of working as a Special Education Teacher. After graduating from Seton Hall University with a B.S in Elementary Education/ Special Education and Psychology, Lauren went on to teach as a Special Educator in a K-2 classroom. In December 2010, Lauren graduated from Grand Canyon University with a M.A. in Reading Instruction & Assessment.
In May of 2016, she graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University as an Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Therapist. She also holds certifications through the CERI/IDA and IMSLEC and meets the requirements of knowledge and experience for effective reading instruction. During these experiences, she has chosen to help children in many ways, such as serving on the Intervention and Referral Services Team, Literacy Committee, Response to Intervention interventionist, facilitating professional development, and developing curriculum and assessments.
Lauren is continuously seeking new professional development opportunities and researching best practices to implement with her students. She is constantly reflecting and working towards improving her instruction so all of her students succeed.