Orton-Gillingham Reading Approach

Where did the Orton-Gillingham approach originate?

Dr. Samuel Orton, a pathologist who worked with adult patients with brain damage, was asked to evaluate students who were struggling to read. After much observation, he realized these students were reversing letters and their order in words causing them difficulties with reading.  His knowledge of brain damage led him to hypothesize that these children did not have proper cerebral organization in which the left hemisphere of their brains were not becoming dominant over the right hemisphere. He was determined to help these children and subsequently used multi-sensory techniques that worked with his adult patients combining kinesthetic and tactile methods to the already traditional auditory and visual methods traditionally used. Just a few years later, he started working with psychologist and educator Anna Gillingham who introduced a systematic and orderly approach of categorizing and teaching all of the different sounds in the English language, and together, they created the Orton-Gillingham approach. She dedicated a lot of time to training teachers and creating instructional manuals regarding reading instruction.

What is Orton-Gillingham?

The Orton-Gillingham approach is a thorough language based, sequential, multi-sensory approach to learning how to read and spell that is both flexible and engaging. It is a program that has simplified the English language to phonemes (sounds), morphemes (parts of a word that have meaning such as prefixes, suffixes, and roots), and common spelling rules. These lessons are taught using a multi-sensory approach which allows students to take in the information by listening, seeing, touching, and using movement. Every lesson is interactive and engaging with the certified tutor.

Why is it effective?

This method has proven to be very effective with children especially those whom live with the struggles of dyslexia and those with ADHD. Because lessons are engaging and flexible, children are more likely to stay focused and less likely to “tune out”. In addition, because a multi-sensory approach is being used, information is being received simultaneously by different parts of the brain. This will not only allow the learner to store the information in their brain but will also increase the likelihood of retrieval providing different triggers to allow the students to recall what he has learned.

Who would benefit?

Any child in Pre-K-4th grade learning to read would greatly benefit from the Orton-Gillingham approach because of its sequential, engaging, and flexible manner of teaching reading. So many children who have struggled with dyslexia and ADHD are often relieved to know they CAN read and take with them lifelong strategies to help them in the future.

Contact @thetutoringlink for more information regarding our Orton-Gillingham reading programs.

By | May 8th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Orton-Gillingham Reading Approach



When: Monday- Thursday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Grades: K-2, 3-5 and 6-8; SMALL GROUPS (1 tutor: 6 students)

Price: $130.00 weekly (8 hours of learning) & a one time $20 registration per family

Week of June 12th READ-A-Ton (K-2nd, 3-5th, 6-8th): Students will enjoy a week of reading their favorites while working on reading & listening comprehension, written comprehension and oral reading fluency.

Week of June 19th Math Olympics/Experiment with Science (K-2nd,3rd-5th, 6-8th): Students will participate in a weeklong of math Olympic fun, which will focus on measuring, converting and estimating. Students will also enjoy a daily hands-on science activity while working in teams.

Week of June 26th Be a Spelling Bee (1st-3rd, 4th-6th Graders, 7th-8th): Students will become expert spellers while working on reading and spelling a broad selection of words. Spelling Bee on Thursday!

Week of July 10th Reader’s Theater: Ready, Set, READ! (1st-2nd, 3-5th, 6-8th):  Students are exposed to texts focusing on poetry, science, social studies, or other content-related topics and practice reading scripts in small groups.

Week of July 17th Math Facts Fluency Boot Camp (1st-2nd, 3-5th, 6-8th): Fine tune those math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication & division). Math games and manipulatives are incorporated into each day for an assortment of math activities and learning.

Week of July 24th Orton-Gillingham Reader’s Week (K, 1st-2nd, 3rd-5th): Students will work on phonological awareness (segmenting, rhyming, manipulating sounds), comprehension and spelling using the Orton-Gillingham hands-on, multi-sensory learning approach.

Week of July 31st Young Author’s Writing Workshop (K, 1st-2nd, 3-5th, 6-8th): Students will work on handwriting (manuscript & cursive) as well as create their own personal book of stories.  Middle school students will work on creating & perfecting 5 paragraph essays.

Week of August 7th Orton-Gillingham Reader’s Week (K, 1st-2nd, 3rd-5th): Students will work on phonological awareness (segmenting, rhyming, manipulating sounds), comprehension and spelling using the Orton Gillingham hands-on, multi-sensory learning approach.

Week of August 14th READ-A-Ton (K, 1st-2nd, 3-5th, 6-8th): Students will enjoy a week of reading their favorites while working on reading & listening comprehension, fluency, and written expression.

Week of August 14th Study Skills Workshop (ONLY available from 1pm-3pm for middle & high school students): Students will learn different ways to study, organizational skills and work collaboratively with their peers in the areas of reading, writing, and math.

To register call 980-299-4904 or e-mail leslie@thetutoringlink.com

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We ADMINISTER the WJ-IV Test of Achievement

What is it?

The Woodcock-Johnson IV (WJ-IV) is an individually administered assessment that thoroughly tests a person’s strengths and weaknesses with different subsets of tests. It includes about 20 tests that will cover reading, writing, math, oral language, processing, and more. Unlike other achievement tests that only test your child at their current grade level, the WJ-IV is for anyone from preschool up through college (and beyond).

How long does the test take and when will I get my child’s results?

The test takes 1.5-2 hours to administer, about 5 minutes per test. The format is engaging and changes so the student can remain focused and perform their best.  Results will be emailed within 24 hours and will be explained by phone or in person depending on which works best for the parent.

Who should be tested?

Anyone looking to improve his or her instructional outcome should take the WJ-IV. This test pinpoints individual strengths and weaknesses, which provides parents and educators precise information to better remediate in areas where students struggle and challenge them in areas they excel.

Where can I have my child tested?

The Tutoring Link offers the complete WJ-IV test for only $200. You can also choose just Reading and Writing for $115 or just the Math portion for $115. Mention this post when you call in and get $50 off!

By | October 25th, 2016|News|Comments Off on We ADMINISTER the WJ-IV Test of Achievement

Personalized Learning Programs

We live in a time where children are expected to start reading and solving complex math problems at an earlier age than previous generations. The problem is that some children’s brains have not yet reached that level of maturity and understanding. However, ready or not, they’re expected to be performing at such levels, which often leads to feelings of failure, insecurity, and behavior problems.

Here at The Tutoring Link, we create a personalized learning program for our students.  It is important to us that each child who comes through our door walks out feeling a little more confident than when he walked in. We start out by evaluating your child’s strengths and weaknesses using the Woodcock-Johnson Test of Abilities, which is the groundbreaking leader in individually administered assessments, and then create a personalized program to help your child achieve the learning goals necessary for their academic success. After working with your child for a few months, we administer a post-test to show learning gains and ultimately adjust their program for continued academic success. Our individualized programs may include, but are not limited to Common Core, Orton-Gillingham, homeschooling support, Study Skills, homework help, test preparation, math concepts and skills, reading comprehension, and writing skills.

Allow us to be the link your child needs to reach his or her goals!

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Writer’s Workshop

Working on spelling, grammar, paragraph development and organization. #thetutoringlink #blakeney #inspirecreativity #personalizedlearning #writing #reading #smallgroups

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Parents Night Out

Join us in discovering the world around us…creative writing, art, scavenger hunt, pizza more.

Kids will play, while parents are away!!

When: Saturday, October 1st from 5pm-8pm for ages 4-10 ($30 per child, $5 off each sibling)

Contact us for further information or to reserve your spot: leslie@thetutoringlink.com or call us at 980-299-2904

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Peer Pressure Workshop for Parents

Calling all PARENTS!!!

What REALLY is Peer Pressure and should I Be Worried???

1. Explanation of Peer Pressure
2. Positive side of Peer Pressure
3. Negative side of Peer Pressure
a. Drugs, sex, gangs, skipping class, choking game
4. Bullying/Cyber-bullying/Peer Pressure
5. Peer Pressure is a Part of Maturation/Identity Development
6. Parent influence vs. Peer influence
7. What can I do as a parent?
8. Resources
9. Q&A

This wonderful and informative workshop is for parents and will be conducted by Erica Kennedy, a Nationally Certified and Licensed School Counselor.

When: Wednesday, October 5th @ 7:30 p.m.

Fee: $10 per adult

Call 980-299-4904 or e-mail leslie@thetutoringlink.com to register.

By | September 16th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Peer Pressure Workshop for Parents

Study Habits

Rrrrrring!! It’s that time again….school is in session, which means tests, pop quizzeshomework, and lots of frustration! Developing good study habits is a skill that your child will use throughout his life both in school and in the work force. Studies have shown that people with consistently good study habits score higher on classroom tests and standardized tests than that of their peers. This is a result of two major factors:

1) These students truly understand and internalize the material as opposed to cramming and only remembering facts for the test.
2) They enter tests with confidence as opposed to their peers whom walk into testing with a lot of anxiety due to lack of preparation.

Developing these habits in the early school years paves the way for a brighter future. By definition, a habit is an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary. Think of the things in your life that have become daily habits (e.g. adding toothpaste to your toothbrush before brushing, looking both ways before crossing the street, tying your shoes). All of these were learned behaviors that were practiced repeatedly until they became second nature. Being organized and using time wisely will not happen overnight, but developing these habits sooner rather than later will yield a less stressed and more well-rounded person as they will have time to enjoy extracurricular activities and complete homework.

Children have a much greater chance of fully enjoying and succeeding in high school and college the sooner they master efficient study skills, creating habits of organization, and time management. We offer a special program for this exact reason. Do not hesitate to contact us to get your child enrolled in our Study Skills program, which will teach your child organizational skills, time management tips, and study skills.

By | September 8th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Study Habits