We Provide instruction both in-person & Online to support reading struggles.
Working with us is different than working with a traditional tutor. Our interventionists are all skilled in working with evidence-based practices to get quantifiable results. We monitor student progress every session and take formal standardized data every four months to make sure your child is on track.
What does evidence-based reading support look like?
Evidence-based reading refers to approaches that have been supported by independent research studies. The most well known approach to reading intervention for dyslexic students is called Orton-Gillingham (OG). There are several programs that follow an OG approach but it is important to make sure that the program your child will be using his truly hitting all components of OG instruction.
It is also important to note that different "OG Programs" are better suited for different age groups or learning profiles. Orton-Gillingham can begin at a pre-K level but of course the instructional techniques and scope of the program would be quite different. The most important aspects of good OG intervention are:
- It’s systematic and sequential – It builds on itself from the basic concepts to more complex concepts and follows a logical order frequently revisiting previously taught concepts.
- It’s explicit – Every concept, sound pattern, and strategy is taught directly through specific procedures and it is not assumed that a child knows or will pick up on these concepts on their own.
- It’s diagnostic – Every child learns things at a different pace and needs more or less practice than another child to master specific concepts. This instruction meets each child in his or her own place by working with the strengths of the child to overcome the weaknesses. This requires a great deal of data collection in every session.
We have developed an Orton-Gillingham curriculum that aligns all of the best practices of reading intervention in a way that can be specifically customized and tailored to your child's difficulties. While we use our curriculum as a foundation and guide for our sessions we always specifically individualize our programming to meet your child's needs.
Additionally, we offer complete video lessons instructed by one of our educational therapists so that you can stay on top of your child's learning or work with him or her further at home. We tailor our home learning component to fit your family's individual needs.
We have three different levels of curricula that range from pre-reading and beginning literacy skills to advanced morphology.
Beginner - A 30-lesson program focusing on sound-symbol correspondence, foundational skills (phonological awareness), and beginning reading comprehension and writing composition skills.
Intermediate - A 30-lesson program focusing on the five core components of reading including phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, reading fluency, and comprehension as well as writing composition and spelling.
Advanced - A 30-lesson program focusing on advanced concepts and sound patterns, application skills, and morphology through the study of Greek and Latin roots.
We do have a home practice component that is incorporated into our lessons and while we have found significant growth in a once to twice per week model, we know that distributed practice is the key to long-term success.
Reading Fluency & Comprehension
We offer support for students needing additional work to develop fluency and the necessary reading comprehension skills to allow for academic success. Many of our students continue working with us after they have completed the dyslexia intervention program to gain further application skills.
We also support students that struggle with reading fluency and comprehension who do not struggle with decoding or spelling.
What type of results can we expect?
Students following our Dyslexia Intervention program have displayed remarkable gains given consistent follow-through on sessions, home practice activities, and parental guidance to support learning.
In our past research, we found that students increased their Standard Scores on norm-referenced assessments of single-word reading ability by 10-15 Standard Score points in 6-months. Which means that not only are students’ learning at the rate of their non-struggling peers but that in fact, they are closing the gap at significant levels (learning at a faster rate than their non-struggling peers) and often can move back into the average range for reading in 6-12 months.
Having a comprehensive educational evaluation can help us to determine the length of treatment that would likely be necessary for your child and what type of results you could expect.
For our reading fluency and comprehension students we are using a mix of norm-referenced and criterion-referenced assessments to make sure that your child is reaching grade level expectations. Because these skills are more individualized it doesn't follow a standard progression plan.
Hourly sessions for reading tutoring/therapy - $75.00/hour
- Both in-person and online sessions including all necessary materials
- We do travel on occasion and charge a fee based on the distance from our office.