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The mission of the Dyslexia Tutoring Program is to teach low-income children and adults with dyslexia or a language-based learning disability to read. This is accomplished through
a professional screening
assessment and
tutoring by volunteers
whom we have
trained in The
Orton-Gillingham
method of reading,
writing, and spelling.

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Prospective Students of the Dyslexia Tutoring Program

Prospective Students May Want To Know:

  1. WHAT TYPE OF TUTORING DO YOU PROVIDE?
    We provide one-on-one tutoring using the Orton-Gillingham method teaching reading, writing and spelling. Orton-Gillingham is a multi-sensory approach to language instruction.
  2. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
    Our services are free of charge provided you meet our income guidelines.
  3. HOW CAN I GET MY CHILD OR MYSELF SCREENED?
    The first step is to make a telephone call to our office. Our Education Coordinator will ask for some background information about the student, including questions about skills in reading, writing, spelling, and speech. You will also be asked about the student's medical history and educational setting. Our senior psychologist will review the student's file to determine whether he or she should come to our office for more formal screening. We conduct a partial screening, NOT a full battery of testing; therefore, we cannot give a formal diagnosis of dyslexia. We can, however, determine if the student shows a dyslexic style of learning.
  4. WHAT KIND OF PAPERWORK DO YOU NEED FROM ME?
    We will need financial documentation that you meet our income guidelines. This is best represented by a 1040 tax form or government assistance grant letter. We will also need copies of any academic and psychological testing that the student has already completed, either through school, a hospital, or a private clinician.
  5. DO I HAVE ACCESS TO THE TEST SCORES?
    You may have a copy of the academic test scores. If you request these scores, we will ask you to sign a release form first.
  6. DO YOU WORK WITH ADULTS?
    Yes, we do. We have students from the age of seven to senior citizens!
  7. HOW LONG WILL WE HAVE TO WAIT TO GET A TUTOR?
    If you are accepted, it usually takes two to three months from the time you make the initial telephone call. The faster you provide us with the required paperwork, the faster we can get you through the process of being screened and matched with a tutor if accepted in our program.
  8. HOW LONG AM I ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE TUTORING?
    You will receive 60 hours of tutoring. After 30 hours of tutoring, you will be re-screened to determine how much progress you have made. Tutoring does continue after re-screening.
  9. WHERE DOES THE TUTORING TAKE PLACE?
    Tutors and students can meet in a variety of places. Most work in a school, library, hospital, or local community center. Some people come to our office at The Rotunda Shopping Center for tutoring. Any public, quiet place, convenient to both student and tutor, is an appropriate location for tutoring. Tutoring does NOT take place in the home of the student or tutor.
  10. WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF DYSLEXIA?
    The problems displayed by individuals with dyslexia involve difficulties in acquiring and using language- reading and writing letters in the wrong order is just one manifestation of dyslexia and does not occur in all cases. Other problems experienced by dyslexics include:
  • Learning to speak
  • Organizing written and spoken language
  • Learning letters and their sounds
  • Memorizing number facts
  • Spelling
  • Reading
  • Learning a foreign language
  • Correctly doing math operations