Getting Started with Dyslexia Tutoring
Looking to hire a private tutor for one on one reading instruction?
Good idea. It's among the best ways to help your child
improve their reading, BUT before you hire one, here are three important
things to consider:
1. Be sure to have completed a psycho-educational assessment or dyslexia assessment before you seek a tutor. Don't put the horse ahead of the cart! If your child is not properly assessed how will you know if you have a suitably trained tutor using the proper materials?
2. Give some thought as to whether you might be the tutor! This can save a lot money and be very rewarding in itself as you see your child progress, but be honest with yourself, do you have the time, energy and expertise to do dyslexia tutoring right? You may have to spend several days or weeks just preparing/training to deliver the first tutoring lesson.
3. Do some research before selecting a
tutor, including an interview of any candidates. You could literally be
working with this person for years so be sure to carefully pick someone
you enjoy working with. See below for questions to ask the prospective
Too Many and Not Enough!
Here's the problem in a nutshell:
try 'Googling' or
'Binging' the phrase tutoring services! There are so many services that
there are now sites dedicated to reviewing tutoring sites.
despite there being lots of
online options, finding a good tutor is still not easy. Especially if you're outside of a major centre. Regardless
of where you live, here is our recommended path for finding a tutor:
A service like WyzAnt can help parents and students find the kinds of tutors best suited for a dyslexic student. Specifically, they supply in-person tutors and specific details on the teaching methods used. For example you can search for a tutor trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach. Finally, their tutors have been pre-screened; the company is certified by the Better Business Bureau and you can read tutor reviews written by students or parents. That's not bad. Full disclosure: we are now an affiliate of WyzAnt.
Even with such a service, there is no guarantee of finding a good tutor and you will have to do all the usual due dilligence in screening (see below for some suggestions). The Dyslexia Reading Well is not responsible for poor experiences or results from any tutoring.
Yes, but we've scoured all the best sites that contain lists including the International Dyslexia Association Provider Directory and concluded that they are totally inadequate for serving the huge need that exists. There just aren't enough tutors in those lists.
Remember, a dyslexic student needs intensive in-person tutoring, not someone on a phone or in a chat box! Wherever you search for dyslexia tutoring services, be sure to filter for in-person tutors with experience teaching dyslexic students with proven methods.
What's a Good, Qualified, Effective Tutor Look Like?
Someone with suitable education and knowledge and experience of both the content and instruction methods required for dyslexic students This includes multi-sensory, systematic methods, usually based on the Orton-Gillingham approach and content that includes teaching phonemes, comprehension, fluency and spelling. For more details see our Dyslexia Treatment page.
In some larger cities there are organizations that offer tutoring services for dyslexic students at a central location. In some cases they are even offered free of charge. Below are the Canadian, US and now UK list (at long last) as of February 2014.
Note: In assembling the lists below, we have endeavored to include only tutoring centres that include dyslexia
among the learning disabilities the centre accommodates in their
curriculum and teaching methods. But this does not mean the methods
used by any particular centre are evidence based or proven to work.
Not all centres included here are dedicated to dyslexic students and may not agree with the label 'dyslexia tutoring centre'. Some centres serve students with learning disabilities more broadly. Finally, the UK list includes tutoring centres that may not properly accommodate dyslexia. Be sure to inquire about methods.
The appearance of a tutoring centre in our list is not an endorsement by the Dyslexia Reading Well.
Dyslexia Tutoring Centres - Canada
|Alberta||Edmonton||Edmonton Rite to Learn Foundation|
|Alberta||Calgary||Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation Learning Centre|
|BC||Vancouver||BC Learning Centre for Children with Dyslexia (Scottish Rite)|
|Manitoba||Winnipeg||KC Dyslexic Learning Centre|
|New Brunswick||Moncton||Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation Learning Centre|
|Nova Scotia||Halifax||Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation Learning Centre|
|Ontario||Barrie||Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation Learning Centre|
|Ontario||London||Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation Learning Centre|
|Ontario||Windsor||Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation Learning Centre|
Dyslexia Tutoring Centres - United States
|Arkansas||Littlerock||All Children's Academy|
|California||Newark||Stellar Academy for Dyslexics|
|Connecticut||Glastonbury||Dyslexia Institutes of America|
|Connecticut||Waterbury||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|Hawaii||Mililani||The Dyslexia Tutoring Center of Hawaii|
|Indiana||Evansville||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|Indiana||Ft. Wayne||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|Indiana||Indianapolis||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|Indiana||South Bend||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|Indiana||Indianapolis||Dyslexia Institute of Indiana|
|Kansas||Topeka||The Center for Learning Disabilities|
|Kentucky||Louisville||Langsford Learning Center (2 locations)|
|Maine||Bangor||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|Maine||Portland||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|Massachusetts||Woburn||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|Massachusetts||Newtonville||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|Massachusetts||Worcester||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|Michigan||Bay City||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|Michigan||Dearborn||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|Michigan||Grand Rapids||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|Michigan||Lansing||The Michigan Dyslexia Institute|
|Michigan||Berkley||The Michigan Dyslexia Institute|
|Michigan||Wyandotte||The Michigan Dyslexia Institute|
|Michigan||Harbor Springs||The Michigan Dyslexia Institute|
|Michigan||Flint||The Michigan Dyslexia Institute|
|Michigan||St. Clair||The Michigan Dyslexia Institute|
|Michigan||Kalamazoo||The Specialized Language Development Center|
|Michigan||Grand Rapids||The Specialized Language Development Center|
|Minnesota||Rochester||The Reading Center/Dyslexia Institute of Minnesota|
|Missouri||St Louis||Churchill Center & School|
|Missouri||Parkville||Educational Therapy Center|
|New Hampshire||Nashua||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|New Hampshire||Rochester||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|New Jersey||Burlington||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|New Jersey||Hasbrouck Heights||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|New Jersey||Northfield||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|New Jersey||Scotch Plains||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|New Jersey||Tenafly||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|New York||Oriskany||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|New York||Rochester||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|Ohio||West Chester||Langsford Learning Acceleration Centers|
|Ohio||Cincinnati||Langsford Learning Acceleration Centers|
|Ohio||Cambridge||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|Ohio||Canton||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|Ohio||Cincinnati||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|Ohio||Cleveland||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|Ohio||Dublin||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|Pennsylvania||Allentown||Children's Dyslexia Centers, Inc.|
|Pennsylvania||Bloomsburg||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|Pennsylvania||Erie||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|Pennsylvania||Harrisburg||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|Pennsylvania||Lancaster||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|Rhode Island||Cranston||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|Texas||San Antonio||Learning Foundations|
|Utah||Highland||The Dyslexia Center of Utah|
|District of Columbia||Washington||Lindamood-Bell|
|Washington||Seattle||Hamlin Robinson School Seattle, WA|
|Wisconsin||Madison||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|Wisconsin||Milwaukee||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
|Wisconsin||Eau Claire||Children's Dyslexia Centers|
Dyslexia Tuition Centres - United Kingdom
Despite far greater awareness of dyslexia in the UK compared to Canada and the US, there are surprisingly few dyslexia oriented tuition centres - at least ones that we could locate. Most of the centres below do not specialize in dyslexia and some may not have dyslexia specialists on staff, but many do. Be sure to inquire with your specific centre.
Know of other centres that should be here? Let us know!
|England||Aldridge||Aldridge Tuition Centre|
|Solihull||Solihull Prof. Tuition Centre|
|Sutton Coldfield||Chrysaslis Learning Centre|
|Accrington||Target Tuition Centre|
|Altrincham||Step Up Tuition|
|Barrow in Furness||Furness Professional Tutors|
|Blackburn / Darwen||Target Tuition Centre|
|Blackpool||Tower Learning Centre|
|Clitheroe||Target Tuition Centre|
|Lancaster||Lancaster Tutoring Centre|
|Preston||Target Tuition Centre|
|Urmston / Stretford||Better Tuition|
|Clacton||Ace Tuition Centre|
|Colchester||Ace Tuition Centre|
|High Wycombe||Milestone Tutoring|
|Ipswich||Ipswich Tuition Centre|
|Storrington||Tip Top Tutors|
|Scotland||Airdrie / Coatbridge||Out to Learn Tutoring|
|Cumbernauld||Cumbernauld Education Centre|
|Dundee||The Dundee Tuition Centre|
|Perth||The Perth Tuition Centre|
|Wales||Swansea Morriston||Swansea Tuition Centre|
|Swansea Mumbles||The Learning Curve|
You should always interview a prospective tutor to make sure they will meet your needs. Here are some questions we suggest you ask:
Be very clear on the objective of your dyslexia tutoring: closing the gap between your child's current reading ability and the average ability of their age equivalent peers, while hopefully learning to like or love reading along the way.
If your child is able to successfully close the gap and read at or close to grade level in terms of speed, fluency and comprehension, and enjoys some reading, then you will have reached your goal.
At that point, you can reduce the number of weekly or monthly lessons or phase them out entirely.
The older the student, the longer tutoring will be required. This is why it's so important to catch reading problems early!
After training to be parent tutors, we taught the first Level of the Barton Reading and Spelling System (Orton-Gillingham based) to my stepson but our busy schedules (ok, and some procrastination guilt from not making the time for tutoring) lead us to hire a tutor in the fall of 2012. We were very lucky to find a wonderful teacher with a recent degree in education and a passion for helping kids read - she had been volunteering at our school - which is probably a good place to inquire once you start your search.
Lessons we have learned so far:
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