Using the Orton-Gillingham approach, Karen Gordon works one-on-one with individuals who struggle with reading, writing and spelling, due to dyslexia or other related learning issues. Lessons are multisensory with visual, auditory and kinesthetic components. Session hours are convenient for families seeking daytime learning opportunities.
Following intake and assessment, instruction is designed accordingly to meet the student's individual learning needs, using targeted interventions. Sessions are 1 hour in length. Twice a week is beneficial but not essential. Sessions are available Monday - Friday from 9 am - 1:30 pm.
Karen is also available to consult with teaching parents who would like more information about how to effectively support their own children who may be experiencing a deficit in the areas of reading, writing or spelling.
The Orton-Gillingham approach is not a system or program but an approach to instruction that is exclusively based on the needs of each individual student. Components of a lesson may include but are not limited to the following:
- visual/auditory drills
- kinesthetic reinforcement
- phonemic awareness (focus on sounds)
- fluency (addressed at all levels)
- orthography (spelling)
- etymology (history of language)
- morphology (word structure)
- study skills and learning strategies
Karen Gordon is a former high school English and Dramatic Arts teacher, who stepped away from the classroom to pursue a family. She is qualified in special education, primary, junior, intermediate and senior divisions. Karen is a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT), a subscribing member of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioner and Educators (AOGPE), a professional member of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and holds an additional post-graduate Certificate in the Teaching of English as a Second Language (CTESL). In order to address the academic needs of her own son, Karen completed specialized structured multisensory literacy training, using the Orton-Gillingham approach, after his dyslexia identification. Now, as principal of Orton-Gillingham York Region, Karen also works with a variety of students in the instructional space located within her home.