A major goal of education for teachers trained in Orton-Gillingham approach is to provide dyslexic students with the opportunity to understand, appreciate and use the English language efficiently in order to attain their full potential. Few are able to argue with this goal, and Orton-Gillingham Training has been long recognized as a successful methodology for the successful teaching of dyslexic students with language difficulties, as well as for all students who are desirous of studying and fully understanding the English Language. The same methodology used in teaching Mathematics is an adjunct to the language training, by allowing dyslexic students to succeed where the difficulties in Mathematics are due to the unique blend of deficits they exhibit through their dyslexia.
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About the Author
Doctor Steeves has been a language therapist as well as chair of the Math Department and Interim Director of The Jemicy School, a private school for children with dyslexia in Maryland. Recognizing the mathematical thinking ability of some youngsters with dyslexia, she studied for a second Master's Degree in the area of the Gifted Child at The John's Hopkins University in Baltimore. Her doctoral studies at Hopkins concerned the high abstract reasoning abilities and computational inefficiency of some dyslexic students. Dr Steeves has held positions of Treasurer and Vice President of IDA, and is a nationally and internationally known presenter at conferences. Her most recent employment was as a Staff Developer and Consultant at The Johns Hopkins University in the department of Education and Teacher Training, and in retirement she is still happy to promulgate the Orton-Gillingham Approach for individuals with dyslexia.