Frequently Asked Questions
|What do you do?
Most of what we do consists of one to one teaching on
a totally individualized basis. Sometimes what is needed is a "filling
in" of some pre-reading skills, such as the ability to blend, to sequence
sounds, to rhyme, etc.
|Won't this become just one more
battle like homework?
No. Our program is usually quite different from anything
that the student has experienced. We are extremely sensitive to the
fact that your child may spend a good part of the day in frustration, failure
and confusion. Our goal, above all else, is to ensure that our sessions
provide a positive experience in which the child tastes success and feelings
of competence. We do whatever it takes to provide excitement and
joy in the learning process
|How long are we required to
You can stop at any time and are not obligated to sign
up for any set number of sessions. However, we do suggest that you
give us a trial of at least six weeks. By that point, you and your
child will very likely have seen a real difference. If not, we ought
to do something else. Most of our students continue to come for months
and some (severe dyslexics) for years. This is not a "quick fix"
|Will you work in coordination
with my child's school?
Yes. You will have to sign a release and we will
contact your childís teacher to help coordinate the two programs.
|Why can't my child's school
provide this help?
There are many children who need more help than even the
best schools and the most caring teachers can provide in a classroom setting.
|Won't extra help just make him
or her feel more inadequate, "stupid", and a failure?
Most kids love to come to our clinic. Initially,
we make it fun using games, computers, prizes and rewards. After
a short time, however, many of these can be phased out. As the child
develops decoding skills and automaticity, the reading itself becomes its
own reward. Many of the children we see CAN read, but reading is
no fun because they are operating on a basic level, sounding out virtually
everything. Our program is designed to increase speed and fluency,
so that the reading process itself becomes almost effortless, and the content
or story can emerge. When the student truly starts to experience
the grip of a story, there is nothing to equal this prize!
|You talk mostly of reading.
Don't you also work with spelling and written expression?
Yes. But our program coordinates it all so that
the student learns to read, write and spell all at the same time and using
the same materials.
|Do you employ methods that are
different from those of the school?
The problem with a lot of "tutoring" is that it simply
gives the student more of what he didn't "get" in the first place.
We employ highly specialized multi-sensory techniques such as the Orton-Gillingham
and Lindamood approaches. Scientifically valid research studies have
demonstrated that these methods work best for students with reading problems---whether
they are dyslexic or not.
|What age students do you work
We work with students of all ages, adults as well as children.
Success is greatest when problems are dealt with in the first three grades.
But it's never too late and we see many junior high and high school students
flourish as their reading and language skills improve.
|What about students whose reading
skills are adequate, but who still have problems with vocabulary development,
comprehension, note-taking, study skills or organization?
While these are not as common as reading problems, we
have been successful in dealing with all sorts of school related issues.
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