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I can help your child improve their reading skills!
As a parent, I know exactly how you are feeling. I have experienced the worry and concern of a child who is struggling in school. I understand how it feels when your child needs help with reading and concerned that there may be more going on. This is unchartered territory for all of us, and only those who have been through the maze can empathize and provide guidance. With conviction, I can tell you that there is hope and promise for your child.
Given that my elementary school daughter was falling further behind in reading, we were struggling with what to do. Her South Charlotte school, a Charlotte-Mecklenberg Public School, tested her and established an IEP, or Individual Educational Plan. We knew our daughter was smart, yet she was having trouble with reading and remembering words that she had repeatedly read. After months of school modifications, therapies, and daily focus at home, we knew that there was more going on and just had to find the answers.
After a Psyche-Ed Evaluation, the recommendation was to have her tutored using an evidence-based reading approach called Orton-Gillingham. This approach is a multisensory, systematic, sequential and phonetic approach to reading, writing, and spelling. The Orton-Gillingham remediation philosophy is 70 years old, and is based on neurological research.
I recently attended the 2014 National Meeting of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. Having listened to and learned from those on the cutting edge of OG, I am excited about the added benefits for the students.
The Orton-Gilllingham methodology is a results-driven program
I have tutored children for over 8 years using the Orton-Gillingham Method. My training and experience have enabled me to help children to improve their reading skills and confidence.
Many parents have asked me why aren't all children taught to read and spell this way? To learn and blends sounds, which leads to decoding and spelling words. To increase sight word knowdedge, improve fluency (reading rate), which then results in higher reading comprehension scores. This type of approach to reading is often what is needed.
My Tutor Mission-Since 2005
After a 80 hour intensive Orton-Gillingham course, 60 hour practicum, plus additional training with 5 students with reading/cognitive deficits, I began private tutoring. I have been a referral source for multiple Psychologists, including their own children, substitute teacher at The Fletcher School, and tutored children Dyslexia, ADHD, Auditory Processing, Autism, Gifted, Double Deficit and Reading Comprehension issues. Reading Readiness and Emergent Readers are also my expertise. I have tutored children as young as 4 years old who have successfully become fluent readers.
With over 8 years of Orton Gillingham tutoring experience with Pubic School, Private School and Home School Students, I can assure you that your child will be engaged in evidence-based strategies, i.e. Orton-Gillingham fundamentals supported by a structured, planned lesson, fluency focus and reading comprehension strategies used to strengthen and supplement reading and spelling. Importantly, your child will enjoy coming to tutoring. The result, your child will build confidence, which improves reading skills. It is very exciting to watch the process take place.
Sessions are one hour in length.
An added bonus, my positive, energetic, and supportive personality ensures that your child will enjoy tutoring and be motivated to succeed.
Do any of these characteristics describe your struggling reader:
- Reads slowly and painfully
- Experiences decoding errors, especially with the order of letters
- Shows wide disparity between listening comprehension and reading comprehension of some text
- Has trouble with spelling
- May have difficulty with handwriting
- Exhibits difficulty recalling known words
- Has difficulty with written language
- May experience difficulty with math computations
- Decoding real words is better than nonsense words
- Substitutes one small sight word for another: a, I, he, the, there, was
My goal is to ensure that your child is tutored in a comfortable, Christian and positive environment for learning. I have a quiet office for tutoring in my smoke-free home. My Canine Reading Assistants can be present to listen, motivate and inspire success.
Why Pam's Reading in Charlotte?
I Partner with the Parent, and I Tutor the Student. Given commitment, experience and dedication to helping children with reading delays., I strive to provide you with the best return in terms of reading improvement and on-going services.
My excellent results have proven successful through extensive training from the leading national experts in Orton Gillingham. In addition, I am a parent who walks in your shoes, so I have been able to use this to better understand what your child is experiencing.
Given that I have been a parent who has paid for Orton tutoring myself, I understand just where you are in looking for a tutor to assist your child. I have compiled an extensive library of materials and continue to search for assistive tools to augment my tutor sessions. In addition, there are no pre-payment requirements or long term contracts.
I attend local, regional and national meetings in order to stay current. The highlight recently to was attend the National Academy of Orton-Gillingham Educators meeting, which enabled me to receive the most up-to-date training from the national and international experts in OG. Other meetings include the International Dyslexia Meetings and Children and Adults with Attention-Hyperactivity Disorders.
Homeschool children are welcoome.
My telephone number is (704)906-6097.
References available upon request.