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IMSE brings multi-sensory approaches into the modern classroom

For over 30 years, IMSE has been bringing effective literacy approaches—including, Orton-Gillingham—to the modern classroom. We have seen that our Structured Literacy approach helps all children learn to read; not just those who are struggling. We aim to provide teachers with the knowledge and skills to make all children effective readers, writers, and spellers. And we're more than just a philosophy. IMSE has spent decades working on the practical implementation of Orton-Gillingham and the science of reading in the classroom.

The History of Orton-Gillingham

Orton-Gillingham was among the first teaching approaches designed to help struggling readers by explicitly teaching the connections between letters and sounds. In the 1930s, neuropsychiatrist and pathologist Dr. Samuel T. Orton and educator, psychologist Anna Gillingham developed the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading instruction for students with "word-blindness," which would later become known as dyslexia. Their approach combined direct, multi-sensory teaching strategies paired with systematic, sequential lessons focused on phonics.

IMSE has spent decades crafting its approach based on the Orton-Gillingham methodology, the science of reading, and practical implementation in the classroom. 

What Orton-Gillingham is all about

Orton-Gillingham is a highly structured approach that breaks reading and spelling down into smaller skills involving letters and sounds, and then building on these skills over time. It was the first approach to use explicit, direct, sequential, systematic, multi-sensory instruction to teach reading, which is not only effective for all students but essential for teaching students with dyslexia.