The Orton-Gillingham Approach
Every camper is paired up with an Orton-Gillingham tutor. Students meet with their tutor for Language Training every day for a one-on-one, individualized one-hour session.
Students who haven't progressed under ordinary classroom methods must be taught, not by repetition of techniques that have failed, but by new ones, carefully planned to capitalize on innate strengths and to overcome weaknesses. Teaching techniques used at Camp Dunnabeck are based on the Orton-Gillingham approach—the soundest and most thorough of those in current use.
All tutors at Camp Dunnabeck are trained in an accredited, Associate-Level course that exceeds the guidelines of The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners & Educators (AOGPE). Following the course, tutors participate in a practicum that includes observations and ongoing training by Fellows of the Academy. Both the camp and the training program are accredited by The Academy.
Standardized diagnostic tests are given at the beginning of the season in order to enable us to plan the student's program, and at the end of the summer, in order to assess progress. From their tutor, the student learns to set high standards, work confidently, and take pride in their own achievements.