How long and how often are sessions?
I offer 30 or 45 minute sessions, and students typically work with me at consistent times each week, anywhere from 1 to 5 days per week.
What methods do you use to teach students with Dyslexia?
An effective reading program for students with Dyslexia includes a structured sequence of lessons that systematically takes students through the concepts and skills needed for proficient reading. In contrast to more traditional methods, it helps students learn by engaging all of the senses - especially movement, touch, sight, and sound. The first program to use these methods was called Orton- Gillingham, which I use in conjunction with a variety of strategies to develop a customized program for each child, depending on their skill level, prior instruction, and learning style.
How do you teach struggling readers who don't have Dyslexia?
Many of the same methods that work for students with Dyslexia support all struggling readers. I use a phonics based approach to systematically teach students the spelling patterns they need to know to make sense of the English language, incorporating sight words, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary. To support motivation and engagement, I choose reading material, activities, and games that match well with each child's learning style and interests. In addition to the Orton-Gillingham Method, I also draw from my experience with various other phonics and reading curriculum and strategies.
Why is my child struggling in math?
Many students struggle in math because they lack the conceptual understanding that underlies what they are learning. Unfortunately, math is often taught abstractly in school, and so a child may be able to remember the formula, but not actually understand how or why it works. I work with students to develop number sense and deep conceptual understanding, as well as working on facts and procedural fluency, so that they can master their current math content and be more successful in math moving forward.
What Can I do to support my Child with Reading at Home?
Lots! The most important thing your child can do to become a better reader is read everyday. At least 20 minutes a day of reading should be "just right reading," which is not too easy and not too hard. A good guideline for this is that students should be able to read all but 3-5 words on the page easily. Reading aloud is a great way to practice fluency, and having conversations about the book supports comprehension.