Our school-wide, Orton-Gillingham based instructional approach combines multisensory activities with structured, personalized lessons to meet students where they are and help them connect with concepts they struggle to grasp.
Through engaging activities, Lawrence students collect information, make connections between new information and things they already know, learn to work through problems, and use nonverbal problem-solving skills.
Multisensory instruction was originally designed in 1935 by leading psychologists and researchers Samuel Orton and Anna Gillingham. They pioneered a program to help struggling readers by using multisensory activities to explicitly teach connections between letters and sounds along with the rules of phonics. This structured approach to literacy helped students break reading and spelling down into small lessons and then build upon their knowledge step by step. Learners mastered one skill before moving to the next and the philosophy strongly emphasized the how and why behind our language. Their students learned to identify consistent rules and patterns and eventually were able to decode words independently.
As schools around the globe found great success with Orton and Gillingham's techniques, many well-known language curriculums were developed based on their philosophy. A multisensory approach has even been proven effective in the instruction of mathematics and other subjects. Today, multisensory instruction is considered the gold standard for students with learning differences.
Our OG-based structured literacy approach Codebreakers, teaches students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disorders to read and read well. CodeBreakers was developed more than 25 years ago and uses multisensory activities to teach the rules of phonics in a step-by-step, explicit process. Each concept systematically builds upon another. Phonetic segmentation is stressed throughout each lesson, giving students exposure to a “part to whole” strategy. Our goal is to get struggling readers away from the guessing game.
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Our commitment to this style of teaching is rooted in decades of research on how students with learning differences best retain information.
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