As far as running the business...
Foremost, excellence in the highest level of tutoring -
multi-sensory, one-to-one, remedial.
Secondly, treating others the way I'd like to be treated -
with honesty, respect & kindness.
Thirdly, going out of my way to educate and encourage
my clients and their loved ones.
Fourthly, keeping a clean, cozy office that my clients & I enjoy coming to!
As far as the tutoring itself...
The Orton-Gillingham method, developed by Dr. Samuel Orton & Dr. Anna Gillingham in the 1930s, is the only known & proven method of teaching those with Dyslexia how to read. Samuel Orton
was a physician who pioneered the study of learning disabilities.
Anna Gillingham was a psychologist and educator who organized and formalized
Orton's methods. There are several Orton-Gillingham methods that can teach
dyslexics how to read. I use the Barton Reading and Spelling System, by Susan Barton.
The Barton Reading and Spelling System is highly acclaimed. I believe it is the "cream of the crop." Susan Barton developed her own system, based on Orton-Gillingham principles, after becoming certified and proficient in many. I have been using her system successfully for years now,
first with my own children. It is explicit(extremely clear), multi-sensory,
sequential, and cumulative. It is amazing.
As far as the screening to detect Dyslexia...
I was trained by Susan Barton. The screening I do is according to that training. It is very thorough and accurate. I trained right alongside Special Ed teachers, School Psychologists, Reading Resource Teachers, and other professionals concerned with literacy. The training was absolutely top notch and the atmosphere was fantastic, because everyone seemed to be passionate about the great need to help the dyslexic community. I take my time screening and analyzing the results,
because each client is unique and needs specific help.
As far as the screening for Irlen Syndrome...
I was trained by Fred & Susan Youngman of the Greensboro/Winston-Salem area. Fred is a certified Irlen Diagnostician and retired long-time public school teacher. His wife, Susan, is a school psychologist and also a certified Irlen Diagnostician. The Youngmans are passionate and thorough about their training of screeners and I feel so privileged to have been trained by them. I am fortunate that they are nearby, so that I can refer clients to them with Irlen Syndrome. I always prescreen clients to see if they may have Irlen Syndrome, as it is often mistaken for Dyslexia.
References by previous & current clients available upon request.
My Philosophy and Training: