Orton-Gillingham is an instructional approach intended primarily for use with persons who have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing of the sort associated with dyslexia. It is most properly understood and practiced as an approach, not a method, program, system or technique. In the hands of a well-trained and experienced instructor, it is a powerful tool of exceptional breadth, depth, and flexibility.
The Orton-Gillingham Approach are derived from two sources: first from a body of time-tested knowledge and practice that has been validated over the past 70 years, and second from scientific evidence about how persons learn to read and write. It is most often associated with a one-on-one teacher-student instructional model. Reading, spelling and writing difficulties have been the dominant focus of the approach although it has been successfully adapted for use with students who exhibit difficulty with mathematics.
The Bridge Academy is one of only 13 schools nationwide that is accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. Bridge Academy teachers are trained in the OG method of instruction and many have received certification from the Academy. In addition, the school offers summer training for community teachers.