Dyscover — An Orton-Gillingham approach inspired multi-sensory learning application for dyslexic children

S. Purkayastha, N. Nehete
The Orton-Gillingham (OG) instructional approach has been widely used in different pedagogical settings. This multi-sensory approach has been especially helpful in teaching children with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. In this paper, we show how due to modern-day innovation in ICT like touch-screens, accelerometers, gyroscopes, voice recognition, sound reproduction, powerful processing and wide availability of mobile devices, this approach can help more learners than ever. The paper presents personalization of OG using Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligence and demonstrates a software application suited for language learning by dyslexies and pre-school children. We propose that since OG is a one-to-one teacher-student approach, it has special characteristics that can allow ICT devices to become more than teaching aids, but to be used as tutors.

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