I work with students of all ages in a 1-on-1 setting on foundational reading skills like phonological awareness, decoding, vocabulary development, basic comprehension, spelling, and letter formation using the principles of Orton-Gillingham—an explicit, systematic, and multi-sensory approach to literacy development. Orton-Gillingham was originally developed to help students with dyslexia but has proven to be an effective intervention for all students.

So, what exactly does this mean?

    1. Your child gets my full attention in a 1-on-1 setting, which allows for greater growth through instruction tailored to their specific strengths and needs.
    2. I address gaps in the building blocks of literacy:
      • Phonological awareness – the ability to recognize and manipulate parts of spoken language. This is important because it sets the stage or lays the foundation for spelling, decoding, blending, and word reading.
      • Decoding – the use of one’s knowledge of sound-symbol (letter) correspondence to read words in print.
      • Vocabulary development – understanding the meaning of words that occur in texts and spoken language.
      • Basic comprehension – understanding and application of text through skills like compare/contrast, cause/effect, recall, inference, and development of background knowledge.
      • Spelling – using application of sound-symbol (letter) correspondence to write words and sentences.
      • Letter formation – the ability to write letters accurately with proper handwriting.
    3. I do this using an explicit, systematic, research-based, multi-sensory approach to literacy development. There are predictable routines that follow a prescribed, well-researched sequence in a way that is engaging to the student and uses all their senses. This forms brain pathways that make reading accessible to all learners. 

What you should expect:

      • We start with an initial setup period where I get to know your child through assessments and a fun interview! At the end of this period, I will generate a report outlining the results and my recommendations, including how many times per week we would meet and where we would start in the sequence.
      • Then, we will set up a conference to go through the report and decide together how to move forward.
      • After the initial period is complete, we will begin lessons at a set schedule and given monthly rate.

If you have any meetings with teachers or IEP teams, I will make it a point to be at the meetings, upon your request and depending on my availability.