Top 5 apps for learning with Orton Gillingham approach

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Last Updated on September 10, 2020 by Editorial Team

Orton Gillingham is widely regarded teaching approach designed for struggling readers, such as in case of dyslexia. Named after reading and language pioneers, Samuel Torrey Orton (1879-1948) and Anna Gillingham (1878-1963) , Orton Gillingham approach focuses on teaching connections between letters and sounds. It also uses multisensory approach to teach reading which involves using visualization, hearing, touch and movement to form connection. Other than that, it recognizes learning needs of an individual student as the pace, learning style, topic strength varies student to student.

Many reading programs designed for students with dyslexia are developed based on Orto Gillingham approach. Students with learning disabilities, like dyslexia and dyscalculia can take the help of various tools and apps that follows orton gillingham approach for self learning.

We curated a list of top 5 mobile apps for learning with Orton Gillingham approach. Our focus was on apps that satisfactorily utilizes the various components of Orton Gillingham model in one way or another for its prime functionality. Students can use these apps to support reading and writing, make learning more accessible and/or reinforce literacy skills and build confidence.



This app improves the reading abilities of a child by following ‘multi sensory’ approach. It focuses on learning the sounds of the letters which constitutes the foundation of reading. This widely popular app is recommended for imparting strong phonemic and letter awareness. The app involves 3 levels of sequential learning, namely Sounds to Images, Sounds to Lowercase Letters, Lowercase Letters to Images. This app features 4 words pictures for each letter. Each letter will repeat its sound when touched and each photo will say its name when touched. Developed by PRESCHOOL UNIVERSITY, ABC MAGIC PHONICS is used by more than 500,000 people worldwide.

Links : Appstore

4. ArtikPix

ArtikPix app uses flashcards and matching activities to help a child focus on specific sounds as they work on their language development. The app have nearly a 1000 brightly decorated cards separated into 21 different decks that are organized by what speech pathologists call phonemes, or individual sounds, such as: th, f, v, sh, etc. The sound of the phenome is played when a flashcard appears, encouraging the child’s ability to recognize the sound, attach it to an image, and see it written. In the flashcard activity, the sound groups are ordered and configured for shuffling to individualize practice for children using the words alone and in sentences. The flashcards are then practiced in an easy-to-use flick album. In the matching activity, the words are randomized in easy (3 pairs), medium (6 pairs), and hard (10 pairs) levels. The matching activity is a fun way for children to practice their speech sounds while data is still collected.

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3. Smartynote

Smartynote is a notepad app with powerful features like OCR, Voice recognition and Text to speech. Although the app is made specifically for dyslexics, people with dyscalculia can also take the benefit as it can read numbers as well.

It really makes note taking so much easier. All you have to do is click a photo of a page or some text, it will extract the text and save it to your note. You an use voice recognition if you want the app to write note while you speak. You can also let the app dictates the saved note to you. Different color combinations and fonts are available to suit your needs. Around 20k people use this app worldwide.

Links: Android Playstore

2. Art Of Glow

Art of Glow lets you create glowing artwork on display screen using your finger. It serves the prime goal of Orton Gillingham approach, i.e. using alternate pathways to learn. Kids can try out different words and alphabets using Art of Glow. The dynamics of app makes it really interestng and highly engaging. Kids can put forward their imagination on to screen. The ability to interact with the graphics make it more understandable and memorizable. Currently there are over 10 million users of this app worldwide.

Links: Appstore | Android Playstore

1. StoryKit

StoryKit  app

Storykit is a fun learning app that lets you create electronic storybook. Let your imagination flow and pull an awesome stroy out of it. Users can simply write some text, illustrate by drawing on the screen or upload photographs from existing albums, record sounds into the story, and lay out all the elements. StoryKit was designed by researchers at the University of Maryland’s Human-Computer Interaction Lab as a basis for studying how mobile devices can be a conduit for children to work with their family members doing creative and educational activities.

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