This summer, the Sally Borden Program at Friends Academy will train teachers in the Orton-Gillingham Reading Program, an approach that teaches children and /or adults with dyslexia or reading disorders how to read. Orton-Gillingham offers systematic, structured, and multisensory reading instruction that is highly successful and geared to the specific reading needs of individuals.

This 60-hour eight-session course will be taught by Dawn Nieman, a fellow at the Orton-Gillingham Academy.  Completion of the course provides the necessary training to become an Orton-Gillingham Associate after completing a practicum (ortonacademy.org).  The course runs each summer.

During this training, in addition to learning about dyslexia and reading disorders, participants will learn the following fundamental elements of the Orton-Gillingham approach: an introduction to phonology, handwriting instruction, basic phonics, morphology and words derived from Anglo-Saxon, Latin, and Greek.  This course covers strategies for multi-sensory instruction, formal and informal testing, and how to use that information for tutorials. They will learn how to plan an Orton-Gillingham lesson and writing and grammar skills.

This summer, we are also adding the ability to get the 30 hour Classroom Training.  This prepares a teacher to use Orton-Gillingham with small groups only. We will accept four candidates for this training.  

For further information and sign-up, please call Friends Academy at 508-999-1356, ext. 1143 or click HERE for the informational letter and HERE for the application.

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