What is OG tutoring?

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What is the Orton-Gillingham Approach?

Rather than a method or a program, OG is considered an approach to learning. Orton-Gillingham was originally developed to help kids struggling with reading and writing (i.e. dyslexia). Its flexibility, personalization and effectiveness make the approach suitable for teaching a wide range of students with learning difficulties today. It has also been adapted for math instruction. The OG approach is named for Dr. Samuel Orton and Anna Gillingham, who together developed it beginning in the 1930s.

The Orton-Gillingham Method

Multisensory Learning

OG is a multisensory approach, meaning that concepts are presented and learned using the four main learning pathways: visual (eyes to see), auditory (ears to hear), tactile (hands to feel) and kinesthetic (body to move).

One-on-One Tutoring

Although it has been adapted for use in small-group lessons and in classrooms, at Symbols we strictly offer OG in its originally-intended one-to-one format.


Symbols' OG literacy lessons are based on phonics. Reading and writing are taught first from a speech perspective.  Students then learn to connect known units of sound to the phonograms (letter/letters) needed to represent them in print (reading and writing).


OG is inherently designed to be flexible. It can be used with a wide variety of students and broad range of topics.


The OG approach is applied in a personalized way, based on the unique needs, abilities, strengths and weaknesses present in each individual student.

Sequential & Cumulative

Concepts are taught in a specific order and build upon each other.

Book Your Child’s First Multisensory Lesson Today

Our well-trained Orton-Gillingham tutors in our Vancouver, Coquitlam, Richmond and Langley locations create and tailor a multi-modality experience for each lesson component by connecting sight, sound, touch and motion. This ensures that those with difficulties can experience, understand and master the material to their fullest potential.