Frequently Asked Questions

The world of education is full of information and everyone has questions. Here are some answers to some of those questions that come up!

Each session typically starts with the THREE PART DRILL and a PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS warm-up activity, both of which aid in developing automaticity of skills. The Three Part Drill is a review activity that consists of three distinct parts (visual, auditory, and blending) and includes only those concepts taught previously. Each part is needed to improve reading and spelling skills because each one employs sensory pathways that are crucial to success. The phonological awareness warm-up activity strengthens underlying reading skills and contributes to the development of a skilled reader. Students then are introduced to a new concept or skill, practice dictation of words and sentences to focus on the target skill using a finger-tapping strategy, and review and learn new sight words using multisensory supports Sessions will be fun, engaging, and just the right amount of challenge.

I use the Orton-Gillingham approach to skills and concepts essential for foundational reading and writing. My curriculum is pulled from different evidence-based and accredited Orton-Gillingham programs including Brainspring’s Phonics First and Structures curriculum. It is further enriched by phonological awareness materials by David Kilpatrick’s Equipped for Reading Success: A Comprehensive Step-by-Step Program For Developing Phonemic Awareness, among others.

Each student has unique needs. Many families help their children log on the first few times, and then gradually fade their presence as the child becomes more comfortable and independent with the platform and online learning. This is especially helpful when expected technological glitches make an appearance! Some students require more frequent support to ensure they remain focused and able to maximize their learning time during remote sessions.

Your student will need at a minimum a quiet space for sessions that are free of distracting noises, have good lighting, and a screen that is moveable. Most students are able to make a laptop work well and lower and raise the screen at various times during the lesson so I can see them write and work. A plug-in document camera is very helpful for desktop computers during remote tutoring as it allows the student to easily see me as they are writing. Students will need a pencil, lined paper, a cookie sheet with a thin layer of rice for multisensory work, a whiteboard, and an erasable marker to start off.

Of course! Every child can learn to read! The duration of instruction is dependent on the child and involves many factors including age, previous instruction, and severity of the reading disorder. Most children need 2-3 years to complete the program.

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.

Monthly tuition payment is due in full on the first of the month or before the first class, whichever comes first. Payment can be made through Zelle, cash, check or money order.

Classes that are missed or canceled are non-refundable as that time has been reserved for your child.

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