Orton-Gillingham instruction is a multisensory approach to teaching reading, writing, and spelling skills customized to the individual needs of each student. Instructors directly teach the phonics and linguistics of the English language and writing in a systematic manner. Teaching is diagnostic and prescriptive—each teacher seeks to understand how each child learns and devises an appropriate teaching strategy for that student. Instructors address the whole child, meaning they work to ensure they leave CrossWalk with the tools to succeed in any learning environment, giving them back confidence and, more important, a love of learning.
Instructors closely monitor the student’s progress in order to identify and analyze individual needs. Material is presented in a sequential way that ties new concepts with past material. Lesson time is structured so students are comfortable and know what to expect each day when they enter the classroom. Teaching is also directed towards providing the experience of success, increased self-confidence, and motivation.
It’s important to know that while dyslexia impacts learning, it’s not a problem of intelligence. Kids with dyslexia are just as smart as their peers. Many people who have had to live with dyslexia have gone on to successful careers. That includes a long list of actors, entrepreneurs and elected officials.
If your child has dyslexia, he or she won’t outgrow it. True remediation can only happen when the child has a consistent approach and support in the classroom and at home. Along with their own professional development, CrossWalk sponsors a number of relevant lectures and learning opportunities presented by industry experts for families of CrossWalk students. (Above: Jamie Martin, a leading advocate for the use of assistive technologies leads an iPad class for families in 2017.) A CrossWalk teacher makes herself available not only to her student, but to the student's family as well—as a resource, support system and educator.
Past family learning event topics include: Experience Dyslexia®, managing ADHD in children, and using assistive technologies to aid in organization, reading and retention for students with dyslexia.
In addition, we recommend the following websites as resources:
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Director of the CrossWalk Program, CrossWalk Instructor
B.A., Roanoke College
M. Ed., Virginia Tech
Arizona State University—B.S.
Lower School Crosswalk Teacher
Radford University—B.A., M.A.
Hollins College—Teacher Certification
CrossWalk Language Arts and Math
University of Memphis—B.S
All CrossWalk teachers have completed, at a minimum, associate level training and have earned membership in the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators or are working toward this designation.
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