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tutoring a dyslexic child

Whether you're a seasoned dyslexia tutor or new to dyslexia, our programs are perfect for you.
They require no training, are easy to use, are step-by-step, are effective, and students love the games that go with them.

Helping Your Dyslexic Student

When you take on a student who is dyslexic, you need a good, structured Orton-Gillingham program (read here for why the Orton- Gillingham Approach is best for dyslexia). Our reading programs are ideal for tutoring. Since all lessons are nicely organized into a single book, you won't have to keep track of flash cards, teacher's guides, readers, etc. When you meet with your student, we recommend that you bring a tablet, or laptop, and a white board. Your student should bring their lesson book and their composition note-book (that they will do their dictations in).

Your reading session should go as follows: 1) review the flash cards, 2) review the dictations (not for the I Can Fly program), 3) do the lesson from the book, and 4) play the phonics games, either our physical games which are optional or the online games (the book will tell you what to play and when). For the I Can Fly program, the online game contains all of the lessons, you only need to select the lesson and choose a game. When your student has completed the lesson on long vowels, then he or she should begin reading (side-by-side) with you, for about 10 to 15 minutes. Be sure to read all of the instructions in the book before using the program. Also, sit next to your student, not across.

What should the student read?

When tutoring a student aged 7 or above, the time your student spends reading with you is very short (10-15 minutes a session). Because of this, it is not recommended that you choose a novel or something with long chapters. Short stories or magazine articles are ideal, since you can usually finish them in one sitting. If your student is reading a novel, then either he or she must also read (with a proficient reader) at home, otherwise it is very likely that it will take too long and interest will be lost and the book will never be finished.

Below are some books that are highly recommended (especially for boys):
5 Minute Spiderman Stories
5 Minute Avengers Stories
5 Minute Batman Stories

Session Length and Duration

Most tutors meet with their students for one hour twice a week; once a week will draw out the program and it will not be as effective as it should be. Once a week is not recommended. For younger students, sessions can be 45 minutes in length.

To estimate the number sessions to complete the program, take the total number of lessons for the program you're using, and then add an additional quantity that you think would be needed, which would depend on the child. Usually this is another 25%. For example, for our Blast Off to Reading Program, there are 50 lessons with 5 review lessons for a total of 55, thus resulting in an average of 70 sessions to complete the program.

After the Program

Once the program is complete, tutors often continue working with their students, doing more side-by-side reading, as well as concentrating more on spelling and writing.

working with a dyslexic child

To learn more about our program for your student, choose the age group below.

ages 5-7 ages 8-13 ages 14 +

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