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Why one-on-one tutoring?

If you’re exploring tutoring, you know your child is not getting enough of what they need from school. A classroom teacher follows a curriculum and is accountable to the school or district for teaching certain things in a certain order. But not all kids follow that plan. And that’s where an Orton-Gillingham certified tutor can make a big difference, if your child is struggling to read or write.

In fact, a struggling reader might need more time on one skill area, like sounding out words or reading fluently, and much less time in another area, like creative writing. With one-on-one online tutoring, we plan flexible lessons, based on the results of quick, informal, assessments, so we can get results faster.

Whether you are looking specifically for a reading tutor for dyslexia, or looking to help a child who has struggled to read for another reason (or for no clear reason!) you are in the right place.

Orton-Gillingham Tutoring

What is it and who needs it?

Multisensory, structured instruction in reading is one of the most important tools for teaching students with dyslexia or other specific learning disabilities how to become fluent and successful readers. The International Dyslexia Association recommends the Orton-Gillingham approach for students with dyslexia.

Developed in the early 20th century by Samuel Orton and Anna Gillingham, the OG approach is the foundation for many successful reading instruction methods, including Wilson Reading, Fundations, Barton, and Sonday. If you are looking for a reading tutor for dyslexia, one of the biggest decisions you will make is choosing a tutor with one of these qualifications. Each of these approaches can all have excellent results and are similar in many ways.

However, OG is not a curriculum. Orton-Gillingham instructors tailor each lesson to the individual student by identifying the next skill they need to learn, and practicing and reinforcing it until it is mastered. This is what is known as a “systematic and cumulative” approach and it’s part of what makes OG reading tutoring so successful.

Because it’s not a packaged curriculum, we can use OG principles to teach beginning readers who are still learning letter sounds, as well as to help older learners fill gaps in their phonics knowledge and develop strong vocabulary and spelling skills. OG’s diagnostic approach means we are always assessing students’ skills, identifying strengths and weaknesses, and adjusting instruction as needed to reinforce concepts or fill gaps.

Is Orton-Gillingham Tutoring Only for Young Children?

Nope! The great thing about the Orton-Gillingham approach is it is flexible. A certified OG tutor uses teaching that is “diagnostic and prescriptive” to target a student’s weak skills and teach exactly what they lack. Many Orton-Gillingham tutors focus on teaching young students, and that keeps them plenty busy!

But children don’t outgrow dyslexia when they leave primary school. In fact, in many cases, dyslexia is not diagnosed until 3rd or 4th grade. I have several recent students whose dyslexia was not recognized until they were in middle school, high school, or college! So Orton-Gillingham tutoring can be a great way to strengthen an older student’s basic reading skills, while linking to what they have already learned. Some Orton-Gillingham-based reading programs use materials that are babyish. Older students can be particularly sensitive to any hint that they are reading “baby books.” For that reason, it’s important to talk with a tutor about the materials they plan to use and make sure they have an age-appropriate plan.

Online or In Person Tutoring?

When most people think about hiring an Orton-Gillingham tutor, they imagine meeting someone at the library or having someone come to the house. But thanks to the technology tools available today, it’s possible to meet with a tutor online and take advantage of flexibility and efficiency. There are many advantages to online tutoring for busy families. Even younger students can enjoy the benefits of meeting with an online reading tutor for dyslexia, as long as they can point and click with the mouse or tap and drag on a touch screen.

Contact us today for a free 30-minute demo lesson to see how online tutoring can help your child succeed!

For some students, though, in-person tutoring is still the best option. These include the youngest students (usually second grade or younger) and some students who are highly distractible. Interestingly, some students with attention challenges actually find it easier to meet online with the help of headphones to block out distractions in their environment. 

The rate is $85 per session for one-on-one tutoring, with monthly billing. Sessions are typically 50 minutes, with options for shorter sessions on a case-by-case basis to best meet student needs.

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