Yes, but better.
Orton-Gillingham was one of the first teaching approaches specifically designed to help struggling readers. Many dyslexia advocates recommend Orton-Gillingham based programs (Barton, Wilson, SPIRE, Neuhaus, etc). These programs can be effective, but they take a long time (2 or 3 years) and the child usually plateaus below grade level and still lacks true fluency. Many OG programs do not adequately address the root cause of reading problems (usually a deficit in phonological awareness).
Like Orton-Gillingham approaches, readXYZ:
– is explicit, highly structured, multi-sensory, sequential, diagnostic and prescriptive
– systematically teaches the connections between letters and sounds
– includes exercises in blending, segmenting, writing, spelling and fluency
Unlike Orton-Gillingham approaches, readXYZ:
– combines extensive phoneme awareness instruction with phonological blending and phonic decoding practice to address the root cause of reading failure
– is effective for students with and without intellectual disabilities
– is effective for ESL students who are struggling to read English
– is effective for students with receptive or expressive language disorders and other auditory processing and memory difficulties
– yields faster results than other Orton-Gillingham based programs (months instead of years)