Children with auditory processing disorder struggle to hear the individual sounds in words.  This creates difficulties with rhyming, blending, segmenting, word patterns, and so much more.  If you have been researching specific ways to help your child learn best, you might have come across the Orton-Gillingham approach.  Will the Orton-Gillingham approach help with Auditory Processing? YES, it will…  and on today’s post I am going to explain to you why.  

What is Orton-Gillingham?

Orton-Gillingham is a personalized and comprehensive approach to teaching children with language processing disorders how to read, write and spell. This approach has been around for over 70 years and is based upon the research and work from Dr. Samuel Orton and Anna Gillingham.  Although the approach was developed primarily for children with dyslexia, it has been found to be applicable for all children learning to read. Orton-Gillingham uses a multisensory approach when teaching new concepts. This includes the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic/tactile learning pathways.  There is also a very strong emphasis on teaching phonemic awareness and systematic phonics.

  • Evidence-Based Instructional Strategies
  • Multisensory – children see it, say it, hear it, move with it and touch it
  • Structured, Sequential and Cumulative – every phoneme is taught in isolation.  Each lesson builds upon itself and is extremely repetitive

If you want to learn more about Orton-Gillingham, take my FREE Orton-Gillingham Training Course.  This course will take you around 1-2 hours to complete. After participating in this Orton-Gillingham training course, you will have a better understanding of the Orton-Gillingham approach and you can start using it with your child or with your students.  It is perfect for teachers, parents, tutors and therapists. It will help with auditory processing.

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What is Auditory Processing Disorder?

Auditory Processing is a language processing disorder.  Children with auditory processing disorder have significant trouble processing sounds, particularly with the sounds associated with speech. It is a very common learning disability and affects about 5% of school-age children.

How Does the Orton-Gillingham Approach Help with Auditory Processing Disorder?

Simultaneous Multisensory Instruction:

Children with auditory processing deficits who use all of their senses when they learn (visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic) are better able to store and retrieve the information. The child with APD might see the letter b, say its name and sound, and write it in the air all at the same time.

Intensive and Repetitive Instruction:

Reading instruction for children with auditory processing must be much more intense, and offer much more practice, than for regular readers.  

Direct, Explicit Instruction:

Children with auditory processing need to be taught directly and explicitly each and every phoneme (sound) of the English language. They must be taught one spelling rule at a time, and practice it until it is stable in both reading and spelling, before introducing a new rule.

Systematic and Cumulative:

Orton-Gillingham starts at the very beginning and creates a solid foundation with no holes. It is taught by presenting one rule at a time and practicing it until the child can automatically and fluently apply that rule both when reading and spelling. Previously learned material is constantly repeated into each new lesson and students progress forward in their reading and spelling with no gaps.

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Orton-Gillingham will help with auditory processing.  Children with Auditory Processing Disorder need more structure, repetition and differentiation in their reading instruction. They need to learn basic language sounds and the letters that make them, starting from the very beginning and moving forward in a gradual step by step process. This needs to be delivered in a systematic, sequential and cumulative approach. For all of this to “stick” the children will need to do this by using their eyes, ears, voices, and hands.  

Thank you for reading my post today.  You might also enjoy reading my previous post:

Homeschooling with Auditory Processing


Please don’t leave without checking out the PRIDE Reading Program.  The PRIDE Reading Program is an Orton-Gillingham curriculum that is used by teachers, tutors, and homeschooling parents worldwide with great success.

PRIDE Reading Program


Karina Richland, M.A., is the author of the PRIDE Reading Program, a multisensory Orton-Gillingham reading, writing and comprehension curriculum that is available worldwide for parents, tutors, teachers and homeschoolers of struggling readers. Karina has an extensive background in working with students of all ages and various learning modalities. She has spent many years researching learning differences and differentiated teaching practices. You can reach her by email at info@pridereadingprogram.com or visit the website at www.pridereadingprogram.com
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