Orton-Gillingham Institute:

Associate Level Coursework

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Two-Week Course

July 25 through August 5

8:30am – 4:30pm

70 hours of instruction

(includes 10 hours of training beyond the required 60 hours)

The course does not include practicum.  

Topics to include the following:

  • Principles of Orton-Gillingham instruction
  • Nature and needs of dyslexic learners
  • Phonological awareness
  • Sound-symbol relationships
  • Syllable types and division patterns
  • Spelling rules and generalizations
  • Handwriting instruction
  • Reading fluency
  • Morphology
  • Integration of vocabulary & comprehension instruction
  • Structured, multi-sensory teaching techniques
  • Lesson plan development and delivery
  • Informal diagnostic-prescriptive assessment of reading, spelling, and handwriting

Cost: $1600.  The price includes all instructional material and fees.  A non-refundable deposit of $800 will be due with registration. 

Course Instructor: Susan Flaherty, Accredited Training Fellow, AOGPE

Contact:  Email Susan Flaherty (sflaherty@tridentacademy.com) or call 843-884-7046.

About the instructor

Susan Flaherty has taught students of all levels from 1st grade through college over her 38 years working with students with learning disabilities. She taught at Trident Academy for 18 years. During that time she taught in the remedial portion of the program, taught Spanish and Psychology. She became Trident’s first Fellow in the AOGPE and Director of the Language Enhancement and Development(LEAD) Department in 1996.

In 2001 Susan left Trident Academy and began working with college students at Johnson & Wales University as the Director of The Learning Center/ Center for Academic Support. There she applied the Orton Gillingham Approach to helping students with disabilities learn, receive accommodations and provided training to faculty and staff. During her career, Susan has presented at several national conferences on various topics. She retired to Sylva, NC in 2020 until she was invited to return to Trident Academy as their Fellow of Record in 2021.

Trident Academy admits students of any gender, sexual orientation and identity (including transgender status), race, color, religion, national and/or ethnic origin, and provides students with all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. In accordance with applicable law, it does not discriminate in the administration of its education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs. Similarly, Trident Academy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on disability. However, consistent with Trident Academy’s mission, it is the admission policy that to qualify for admission consideration, students must have diagnosed learning disabilities and/or certain communication disorders and meet certain threshold criteria as evidenced by their professional testing documents.