Initial consultation and assessments to pinpoint instructional areas of need, get to know your child’s strengths and interests and to advise you on next steps*
Development of personalized scope and sequence for learning along with ongoing progress monitoring
Individualized 1-1 learning sessions that are engaging and motivating
Literacy acquisition is, in many ways, a personal process. While the endpoint may be the same for everyone, an individual’s strengths and weaknesses, developmental path and pace in the learning process can vary.
It can be very difficult as a parent to watch your child struggle, lack confidence, or not meet their full potential. This may have been heightened by the Covid-19 Pandemic and its impact on your child’s learning. Perhaps you are also faced with trying to understand all of the educational jargon and what it means for your child’s development or you are unsure about what steps you can take to build a stronger bridge between home and school.
Mindsets and perceptions about our capacity for literacy learning begin to solidify far before our skills do. This is why it is paramount that your child’s needs are addressed as well as fully supported so that they can develop a positive view of themselves that both propels them forward and leads to greater success in learning. As a certified Reading Specialist, Orton-Gillingham Teacher and Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist I work to meet your child’s needs based on their literacy learning profile.
*Please note: this is not an “psychological educational evaluation” rather it is a battery of assessment tools that target your child’s specific needs in the domains of literacy.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What are you looking for when you assess my child?
I conduct a chain of assessments in order to gain deeper insight into the areas of literacy that may either be impeding your child or where an added boost is needed, whether your child has an educational evaluation or not.
I begin with a fluency assessment that requires students to read words both in isolation and in the context of a passage. During our time, I also gauge comprehension and vocabulary knowledge. Depending on the results, I may recommend work that focuses on comprehension and/or vocabulary. If there are concerns with fluency, I continue the assessments to tap into your child’s knowledge at the phonological and phonemic levels. Often, a breakdown of fluency occurs due to gaps in these areas. Your child may need explicit instruction in or reinforcement of phonological concepts in order to move forward. With all assessments, brief writing samples are taken.
By determining your child’s literacy profile, I am able to design tailored 1-1 learning sessions that address your child’s specific needs.
How do your assessments help me as a parent?
Assessments allow me to provide you with guidance on how to best support your child at home and in communication with their school. Sometimes, despite our best intentions, our methods at home may actually be turning our child off rather than providing the encouragement that was intended. By understanding your child’s profile, you will be able to provide more effective and relevant feedback as well as find more joy and fun when engaged in literacy related activities.
You will also find it possible to build an even stronger relationship between home and school as you gain a more clear understanding of where your child falls within their literacy development. This will allow you to ask meaningful questions during conferences and to better understand your child’s progress at school.
How long are the 1-1 learning sessions and how many do we need?
Sessions are 50 minutes long and for many students, especially those who are younger, include brief brain and movement breaks during our time in order to keep your child engaged and ready to learn.
The duration of learning sessions depends on your child’s assessment results and literacy goals. Generally, in cases where a high level of remediation is needed, at least two times a week are recommended in order to promote retention of learning and acceleration of its pace. In other situations, one session a week may be adequate.
Learning sessions can be booked as a single lesson or there are also options for multi-session packages, especially for those who know that their child will attend lessons more frequently.