Teaching reading and spelling in a multi-sensory and logical way for different learners
Our expertise is in eliminating the pain of your smart child being labeled as slow or lazy. Our 1-on-1 programs use advanced, research-based strategies that teachers don’t know and schools can’t teach. We’ve done this with thousands of students for over 40 years. We can help your child where nobody else has.
Reading, Writing and Spelling
Approximately 20% of students have difficulties with reading, spelling and comprehension. You may have tried different phonics and reading programs and gone through several tutors, and nothing has worked.
If your smart child had 2 or more of these symptoms in preschool:
- Delayed speech
- Misspells middle name
- Difficulty memorizing facts by repetition (phone number, math facts, alphabet)
- Late establishing a dominant hand
- Often confuses left and right
- Had difficulty learning to tie shoes
- Had ear infections and/or tubes
- Struggled with creating words that rhyme
AND is struggling in 3 or more of these areas currently, then traditional tutoring might NOT be the answer:
- Guesses words based on their shape
- Cannot sound out unknown words
- Dislikes reading books without pictures
- Consistently misspells and misreads sight words (word-wall words)
- Poor spelling (may pass spelling tests, but cannot spell the same words in a sentence)
- Skips or misreads smaller words (and, to, the, but)
- Skips over prefixes and suffixes (pre-, mis-, un-, -ing, -ed, -es)
- Letter or number reversals continuing past 1st grade
- Slow, sloppy handwriting; odd grip
- Avoids reading; yawns or fatigues easily when reading
- Dreads going to school; complains about headaches and/or stomach aches
How does this affect your child?
Phonemic awareness, the ability to identify and manipulate individual sounds in words, is the foundation for learning to read and spell. Weak phonemic awareness greatly affects your child’s ability to decode or sound out words. This is why it can be so difficult to learn phonics for reading and spelling.
Typically, students with weak phonemic awareness also have trouble memorizing sight words. These can’t be sounded out (words such as “said” and “could” and “where”). Memorizing words by their shapes is a common strategy in the early reading years, but as words get longer, this coping mechanism loses its effectiveness.
Having to put extra energy and attention on reading words correctly can make it difficult for your child to follow and comprehend what he is reading. This can be very frustrating; especially for otherwise intelligent children who can do many things well, but do not understand why that particular task is so hard for them.
This frustration leads to developing avoidance techniques to avoid reading tasks. Talking to her neighbors in class about any and every subject possible; yawning; getting up to go to the bathroom or to drink water every 5 minutes; complaining about headaches; saying “I’m tired!”; tears and yelling. Do any of these sound familiar?
Most parents who come to us are heartbroken because they see their child has begun to feel like she is not very smart.
Others see that he “gives up” on reading and mistake it for laziness or lack of motivation. Teachers might have told you not to worry. They say “he’s just immature”; “she’ll grow out if it”; “he’s just being a boy” or “she’s just being spoiled”. Here’s the honest truth:
Lazy is not a diagnosis. Just waiting for your child to grow will only increase the frustration. The real issue is a lack of skills, NOT lack of motivation.
Imagine that every time you open a book, the page looks something like this:
“Comeo n,” saidB et sy.”W eha vet opic kudth iscor n.W edon ‘thavea no therc anof boqc o rn.””A reweg oin gtoe atdo dcor ntha t’sbe enont heflo or,” askebS usan. “W ec answas hit” sai d Be tsy.T hech ilp rene nttow or k.Itto okalo ngti meto dic kubth ebopc orn.Th enth eyto okt hecor ntoth ek itche nan pwa she bit.
How motivated would you be to read? Would you still try your best, even if you know it will take you hours just to try to figure out what the words say?
We Can Help Your Family
A student’s self-esteem is affected when he or she faces this challenge every single day. He or she can’t keep up with classmates and is not getting the results hard work deserves. For that reason, the child may continue through school and life reluctant to pursue opportunities out of fear in facing more trouble.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way.
These issues can be changed. By developing the underlying skills and teaching language in a logical, multisensory and sequential way, your child can learn to read and spell as well (or better) than any other student in the classroom.
Our reading programs, based on more than 80 years of research, use an Orton-Gillingham based approach to help students reach their reading levels without having to play catch-up for the rest of their school careers.
And because every child is different, our clinically tested programs are customized for the individual student’s needs. Sessions are delivered by experienced, degreed specialists in a fun and caring 1-on-1 environment.
To learn more about why your smart child is struggling with reading, and what solutions are available for your family, call us at (210) 495-2626. Or attend our FREE Parent Information Seminar and finally get your questions answered.