Is Fit Learning the Right Choice for Your Child with Dyslexia?

Is Fit Learning the Right Choice for Your Child with Dyslexia?

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Orton-Gillingham. If you are the parent of a dyslexic learner, you are probably very familiar with this name. I’m sure you’ve heard:

“It HAS to be Orton-Gillingham!”

“But is it Orton-Gillingham?”

“Orton-Gillingham is the only way!”

And it may be overwhelming. What does Orton-Gillingham even mean?

The Orton-Gillingham approach was developed in the 1930s, designed specifically for students with dyslexia. There are multiple reasons for why the program has gained such popularity for use with learners who need extra help with reading, writing, and spelling.

Let’s take a closer look at what makes Orton-Gillingham the go-to for children with dyslexia:

  1. Multi-sensory – lessons involve multiple senses and pathways to the brain: visual, auditory, and tactile

  2. Sequential – planned in a logical, well-organized sequence

  3. Incremental – each concept builds on previous lessons and knowledge

  4. Cumulative – consistent and regular reviews of previous concepts

  5. Individualized – catered to the unique needs of each student

  6. Based on phonograms – language is simplified by breaking down into letters and letter combinations (known as phonograms)

  7. Explicit – learners are taught exactly what they need to know in a direct and understandable manner

However, as unique as the Orton-Gillingham method is, you don’t have to feel like it is your only option — because it’s not.

What if I told you that, at Fit Learning, our reading program encompasses ALL of these features that make Orton-Gillingham so great and MORE?! That’s right — Fit Learning is multisensory, sequential, incremental, cumulative, individualized, based on phonograms, explicit, and so much more.

In addition to all of these important approaches, Fit Learning is also focused on:

  1. Deliberate practice – practice that is purposeful and systematic, requiring focused attention with the specific goal of improving performance

  2. Measurement – as precision teachers, we use the standard celeration chart to measure corrects and errors at a rate per minute, which informs how we set smart goals

  3. Reinforcement – learners work towards rewards and prizes that they want and have chosen for themselves–payoffs for correct answers are immediate

  4. Pace – intentionally fast-paced to keep learners engaged and focused

  5. Fluency – getting the answer right is essential but not sufficient–decoding is taught so the skill becomes automatic for the reader

  6. Outcomes – we publish our outcomes, which consistently show 1 year worth of improvement in as little as 40 hours!

  7. FUN! – whether it’s celebrating personal bests with a happy dance or spending points on prizes from our prize tower, we always make sure that your learner will walk away saying “I love Fit Learning!”

Fit Learning’s mission is to help every student that walks through our doors, regardless of ability, age, starting level, or any concerns! We are here to help your dyslexic learner, no matter where they are at (or how many other programs you have tried!).

Orton-Gillingham programs are no longer your only options. Contact us to schedule an individualized, comprehensive assessment with Fit Learning today, and let us take the weight off of your shoulders. See how your child can change and grow in their knowledge, cognitive abilities, love of learning, and confidence when you enroll them in Fit Learning!

See our chart below for a summary of all the amazing things we have to offer: