10 Must Haves for Orton-Gillingham Intervention


So I don't know about all of you, but when I started out delivering OG intervention privately I was on a tight budget to get all the supplies I needed for my students! And - I travel to see my students so I needed materials that were easy to take along with me! Many of you have been asking us - what are the materials I absolutely must have?!

Well, here are the things we take with us in our intervention bags, totes, kits ... we all physically transport our things differently but you get where we're going. Also, before we dive in, this post contains affiliate links, so if you buy these products from Amazon we get a tiny consolation for sending you there - it doesn't cost any extra for you, it just helps us continue bringing value to you compliments of Amazon :) We promise wouldn't recommend anything we don't use.

Alright, without further ado -

The 10 MUST HAVES for Orton-Gillingham Intervention

1. Phonogram Decks


This is an absolute MUST HAVE. We have a number of different decks depending on student needs, some have picture cues, some do not. But at a bare minimum to need a phonogram deck in your kit.

We also often bring an affix deck for more advanced students working on morphology. We laminate our decks and hold them together with a ring to keep them organized.

2. Whiteboard

This is another absolute MUST HAVE. We use the whiteboard for all kinds of things including writing our review words, marking words, building words with magnets, the auditory drill, spelling words. Basically, everything you don't want to continue printing paper for. Personally, I like the 11x14 board because it gives me a little extra space but you could go with an 8.5x11 if it fits better in your bag.


3. Colored Alphabet Magnets/Tiles

You can buy these premade like we have on our board above.

We also have these tiles you can use, laminate them and add magnet dots to the back. This is the cheapest way and is great because when you lose some, which you definitely will, you can just print more!

Another option here is using an iPad or electronic device and having all of your alphabet blocks housed on the Whizzimo app! This is a bit more expensive but can definitely be worth your sanity!


4. Pencil Pouch

We use our pencil pouch to house expo markers,pencils (red and regular), our red crayon for red words, and all of our extras that fit into the bag. Did you know that Amazon sells boxes of just red crayons?!? Amazing!

5. Sniffy Markers or Highlighters

Okay, so this is one of our students' favorite things! We use the scented markers or rainbow highlighters for marking all of our words. We allow them to pick their favorite color which allows for immediate engagement and buy-in. Sometimes, it's the little things!

6. Counter Chips or Unifix Cubes

We use these all the time for our Phonological Awareness drill and for spelling.


Color Counting Chips

Didax Educational Resources Unifix Cubes

7. Dice

We play tons of games in our sessions - even just using our regular old word lists. See what Gamifying the word list looks like here! Having a couple of dice ready to go allows you to turn anything into a game!


8. Games

We always have a set of a few favorite games with us that we keep in a filing envelope or just rubber banded together. Some of our favorites are the phonogram race (above) and the Syllable Type Sort. We like to keep them organized with these awesome folders!

9. Red Word Grid

This is a great way to get in that tactile learning component and makes learning Red Words (phonetically irregular or not yet introduced patterns at the time it would be necessary to know these words) more fun!


You can grab them at JoAnn's in the crafting section for a dollar, or if you need them in bulk grab them here!

10. Data Tracking Sheets

We also always have a folder or binder where we keep all of our student data to track their progress so we make sure we are providing diagnostic-prescriptive intervention. More on that to come but you can grab our data tracking sheets here!

If you are interested in knowing how we set up our student binders check out that blog here!

Those are our 10 Must Haves! Let us know what your Must Haves are!!!