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tutoring a dyslexic child

If you're an experienced dyslexia tutor or new to dyslexia, our reading programs will make your sessions more effective.
They require no training, are easy to use, and students love the games that go with them.

How to Help 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 with an app, you won't have to keep track of flash cards, letter tiles, readers, etc.  If you are working remotely, our programs have teachers' manuals with presentation slides to teach the lessons, which encourages participation, and our online tools will engage your student.

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.

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; 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 short story books that we recommend.

5 Minute Spiderman Stories
5 Minute Avengers Stories
5 Minute Batman Stories

working with a dyslexic child

Orton-Gillingham Reading Programs for Ages 5-7 Orton-Gillingham Reading Programs for Ages 7-13 Orton-Gillingham Reading Programs for Ages 13+

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