Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Orton Gillingham approach?
OG is a Multisensory - Simultaneously - Visual/Auditory/Kinesthetic/Tactile Approach to reading. See more info here:
What is the Matthew Effect?
The "Matthew Effects" is a term coined by Keith Stanovich, a psychologist who has done extensive research on reading and language disabilities. The "Matthew Effects" refers to the idea that in reading (as in other areas of life), the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
When children fail at early reading and writing, they begin to dislike reading. They read less than their classmates who are stronger readers. And when children with disabilities do not receive adequate remediation, they read less – and learn less from reading - than non-disabled children.
Is Guided Reading Program right for my Dyslexic Child?
Guided Reading that is based off of the work of Fountas and Pinnell is not the right intervention for someone with dyslexia. To learn why, click on the following link:http://theeclecticreadingteacher.com/2011/09/02/guided-reading-as-an-intervention-for-dyslexia-not/
The Fountas and Pinnell website states:
This type of guided reading program is not specifically designed for students with autism/dyslexia or other learning disabilities. Many people use them in such circumstances. Some research has been done on using guided reading with autistic children, but for the most part the programs are used in regular education classrooms.
While many people use Fountas and Pinnell guided reading programs for special needs students, there hasn't yet been a large-scale study on this topic, and the programs themselves are not specifically designed for special needs populations.