A forty-five hour course in systematic, multi-sensory techniques for teaching the acquisition of the basic skills for reading, sponsored by The APPLE Group, Inc. of Jonesboro, Arkansas.

 The participants will learn a multisensory structured language approach to intervention strategies for children who exhibit different learning styles. The goal of the course is that the participants have a full understanding of multisensory intervention skills, and how to implement a science-based reading and spelling curriculum. They will have an understanding of current scientific research and brain studies involving dyslexia and effective, evidence-based reading programs.

CONNECTIONS: OG in 3D® is a, systematic, multi-sensory research-based approach to teaching the phonology, decoding, and reading skills of the English language.  The trainee will be well-versed in preparing, implementing, and conducting the components of an Orton-Gillingham based lesson which includes phonemic awareness (enabling the student to detect, segment, blend, and manipulate sounds in the spoken language); graphophonemic knowledge for teaching the letter-sound plan of English; and the structure of the English language that includes morphology, semantics, syntax, and pragmatics.

Participants will learn linguistic instruction directed toward proficiency and fluency with the patterns of language so that words and sentences are carriers of meaning. Connections: OG in 3D teaches strategies for decoding, encoding, word recognition, fluency, and comprehension.

 This workshop is for  ▪  teachers  ▪  special educators  ▪  counselors  ▪  principals  ▪  intervention specialists  ▪  reading specialists  ▪  parents or grandparents of dyslexics  ▪  tutors

One in five children has trouble learning to read in spite of having normal intelligence, adequate instruction, no emotional disturbances, and no sensory deficits.  These children need a different approach to learning language, the sounds and the letters that represent them, and how to put them together and take them apart.  Their hands, eyes, ears, and voices have to work together to retain what is being taught. This requires a structured, sequential, multisensory method of teaching.  Not only is this type of instruction essential for the 1 in 5 children who do not respond well to typical teaching methods, but it works for all children and can be used in any classroom.

Materials (estimated at $800) are included in the training at no extra cost: reference book, phonemic object kit, 3D movable alphabet, glass beads, Jailbird™️ puppet, index cards, Elmer’s Glue All, vowel song booklet and manipulatives kit, Lick the Lines program and starter kit, Magic E Spoon materials, printed Lesson 1-20 cards, set of Lesson 1-30 personalized readers and fluency charts, benchmarks, checklists, glass tracing board, plastic canvas, flying schwacer, h brothers manipulatives kit, manipulatives, notepad, highlighter, markers and more.  In addition, the trainee will receive the CONNECTIONS: OG in 3D® manual. The manual is gifted to the trainee, from The APPLE Group, and serves as a perpetual, exclusive, non-transferable license for permission to use CONNECTIONS: OG in 3D®. The manual is the property of the trainee.


Mary-Margaret Scholtens, Author of CONNECTIONS: OG in 3D®, Founder and Executive Director of The APPLE Group, Inc.      

Cherry Frierson, Author of CONNECTIONS: OG in 3D®, Founder and Director of The APPLE Group, Inc.

Kelly Fowler, CALT, QI, Trainer in CONNECTIONS: OG in 3D®