top of page


Orton-Gillingham (O-G) is the grandfather of multisensory structured language programs. It has been proven to be effective for more than 80 years. While other phonics and basal programs may impact decoding skills, O-G is structured to support spelling, vocabulary, and comprehension. O-G recognizes that reading and spelling are interrelated and works to connect reading, spelling, writing and oral language.


Based on the best teaching practices, O-G provides a structured and sequential format moving from concrete to abstract and from simple to complex. There is sufficient repetition to achieve automaticity and considerable scaffolding techniques to support students at any level. These characteristics make the Orton-Gillingham method applicable to ALL students including those with dyslexia and English Language Learners as well as ALL subjects — science, math, social studies, etc. 

YOSHIMOTO Orton-Gillingham

The Yoshimoto O-G approach works!

We prepare participants to be able to fully implement this program upon completion of the training. And while expertise comes with practice and continued training, data has proven that Ron Yoshimoto has developed a hugely successful program that works for students and teachers. Yoshimoto O-G is appropriate for classrooms, small groups, and teaching individuals. Yoshimoto O-G works at any level; primary, elementary, intermediate, secondary, college, and beyond. Originally designed to be implemented as a one on one intervention for students with dyslexia, Yoshimoto builds on the O-G approach creating a solid method for teaching all kids to read, write and spell with an effective data-driven, time tested approach.  Now we can successfully meet the needs of all students while our struggling readers and students with dyslexia thrive. These classes are designed specifically for classroom teachers, tutors, reading specialists, special education teachers and home-school parents. All our Orton Gillingham classes are limited in size to provide personal attention and direct support.


Extensive Materials

O-GI training includes all materials required for full implementation which are included in the cost of the course: multiple sound decks, scope and sequence, specific and clear correction procedures, lesson plans and much more. Further, there will be extensive support materials provided including thumb drives which include approximately 6,000 worksheets covering the concepts of syllabication, sounds, rules, and generalizations.



Yoshimoto O-G teaching sessions are action-oriented with auditory, visual, and kinesthetic elements reinforcing each other; spelling is simultaneously taught with reading.


Structured, Sequential, Cumulative

Teaching proceeds from phonemic awareness, phonics, syllable types, syllable division rules, spelling, vocabulary, sentence structure, composition, and reading comprehension.  This connects the instruction and creates a seamless result for students.


Data-Driven, Flexible, Cognitive

Yoshimoto O-G is data-driven, diagnostic-prescriptive teaching at it’s best. The teacher designs and implements lessons based on the data gathered from the individual student and/or the classroom group. The instruction is targeted to the needs of the students and paced to ensure the level of mastery that supports ongoing success for all students.  Further, the method includes targeted interventions for students who require more repetitions or intensity. The teacher always seeks to understand how an individual learns and devises appropriate teaching strategies using students' strengths while accommodating their weaknesses.



Orton-Gillingham International (O-GI) is an organization that places effective Yoshimoto Orton-Gillingham methods into the hands of teachers. O-GI provides training, certification, resources, and consultation to ensure successful outcomes for educators and their students.


Co-director Ron Yoshimoto’s acclaimed, classroom and time-tested approach, takes the Orton-Gillingham method and applies it to a classroom, small group and/or individual instruction. Utilizing Yoshimoto’s unique tools, every teacher can become Yoshimoto O-G qualified and provide essential reading instruction to each child.

Co-director Elenn Steinberg is committed to ensuring that teachers receive the education they need to teach all children to become literate and productive in school and in life.  She is committed to students with dyslexia and knows that O-GI provides the tools that are lifesaving for those students as well as any struggling reader.  Even the best readers learn to spell well. She has seen the results of this quality instruction in action and believes every child deserves to have the best instruction. 


O-GI trained teachers are similar to doctors who assess symptoms, prescribe a treatment and adjust it based on a patient’s response. O-GI teachers use data to guide instruction and continuously understand the needs of their students then adjust their lessons as needed to continually achieve success.


While phonics or other O-G programs tend to have a “one size fits all” approach, O-GI is inherently customizable according to each student’s individual needs. Teachers can easily produce effective, individualized lesson plans in a variety of subjects, which can be used as follows:


  • Tier One — designed for all children

  • Tier Two — tailored to address specific needs for small groups

  • Tier Three — further customized for smaller groups or one-on-one applications for those who need more intensive help


Furthermore, O-GI lessons are structured, sequential and cumulative so that instruction uses data and multisensory procedures to reinforce information. These procedures, which are varied to prevent boredom and improve reading fluency and comprehension, include:

  • Card drills

  • Decoding of words

  • Spelling, introduction of concepts

  • Dictation of sentences

  • Structured and sequential learning experiences

  • Repetition to enhance automaticity

  • Improved vocabulary

  • Oral reading - passages, books, and other written material

  • Writing

After implementing and varying the use of these procedures the ultimate result will be comprehension



The principles of instruction and content of a multisensory structured language program are essential for effective teaching methodologies.



The dyslexic brain is normal and often very “intelligent” but with strengths in areas other than language.

Yoshimoto O-G
O-G International
The Approac
Multisensory & Dyslexia
bottom of page