PACE Academic Center is pleased to be able to offer Orton-Gillingham Instruction and Tutorial.
So what is Orton-Gillingham and how can it benefit your child?


Orton-Gillingham is a language-based, multisensory approach towards reading instruction.  The approach is structured, sequential, cumulative, cognitive and flexible, and uses three learning modalities through which people learn: visual, auditory and kinesthetic-tactile.

The implementation of instruction is tailored to meet each individual's needs. Orton-Gillingham focuses on teaching students to read at the word level. The Orton–Gillingham approach also puts a strong emphasis on understanding the virtue behind reading. Once they know consistent rules and patterns, students are better equipped to decode and encode on their own.

These characteristics can be easily extended and intensified as they are in the following attributes.


  • Language-Based  -  this component of the O-G lesson is an essential element for students so they may succeed with language skills.  This attribute incorporates spoken and written language, receptive or expressive, into the lessons.
  • Multi-Sensory - through the use of auditory, visual, and kinesthetic-tactile pathways, this attribute generates and fortifies strong memories that are more easily remembered.
  • Structured - the Structured attribute educates the student in the structure of language and aids the student in recognizing the predictability of patterns in the English language, specific to decoding and encoding.  The Structured attribute is a routine part of the lesson so students may become comfortable and confident in knowing what to expect.
  • Sequential - the Sequential attribute brings value to the O-G lesson as it introduces concepts in logical order.  Simple, foundational concepts are introduced, practiced, and reviewed for mastery before progressing on to more complex ones.
  • Cumulative - the Cumulative attribute reviews previously introduced skills and aids in building new skills.  The lessons are designed to proceed at the students' pace to ensure all concepts are mastered and retained.
  • Cognitive - the Cognitive attribute is at the core of the O-G lesson. Its aim is to empower the student with strategies which they can apply towards understanding the structure of  the English language.  In turn, it helps the student gain confidence so they may accurately think through encoding and decoding challenges, and be less likely to rely on guess-work.
  • Diagnostic and Prescriptive - the Diagnostic and Prescriptive attributes of the O-G lesson are vital and valuable components.  In order for any approach or intervention to be valid, there must be a manner of tracking progress. O-G trained instructors make specific symptomatic notes recording student successes and errors.  At this point, subsequent lessons are customized to acknowledge the core of the student’s misunderstanding of previous information and enhance areas to bring to the next skill level.
  • Personalized - the Personalized attribute of the lessons are extremely important because it is this value that makes the lessons uniquely individualized.  No two students learn at the same rate; thus no two lessons are the same.  All lessons are adaptable to accommodate individual strengths and weaknesses. Each student moves through the curriculum as quickly as they can, but as slowly as they need to in order to master the concepts.
  • Emotionally Sound - the Emotionally Sound attribute is a valuable part of the O-G lesson as the student progresses toward complete autonomy. A student's success will build upon itself.  The O-G lessons are scripted in a way so that, as the students apply the language tools with which they have been equipped, they will succeed. 

PACE prides itself on taking a holistic approach towards education and assisting students as they become successful lifelong learners.