Q:  How long does your program take?
A:  Ultimately this depends on the pace of the student. Some students catch on quickly and others move more slowly because of memory and recall issues. That said, the average timeline is 60 hours to complete the program.  Treatment (or instruction) must be intensive enough and continue long enough to have a positive effect that will endure.  This usually involves instruction that continues for at least a year, and often, longer.

What is a well-balanced literacy program?
A:  Intervention and remediation researchers report over and over that the most effective programs of instruction, at all ages, explicitly address multiple components of oral and written language learning in an integrated manner.  These components include:  phonological awareness; vocabulary development, reading comprehension skills and strategies; beginning and advanced decoding skills, with spelling included; reading fluency; handwriting, grammar, written composition; and strategies for learning.  Research validates that the strongest reading programs contain lesson formats in which these components are interrelated and taught in parallel strands.  Effective approaches must be explicit, systematic, multisensory, and cumulative.  This is what I do individually with each student I work with.

What do you mean there’s no contract?
A:  There is no legally binding document for you to sign, allowing you to stop the program whenever you need to. I do however have a courtesy policy that I have each client agree to before the first lesson.

Will you talk with my children’s teachers to develop a learning plan, or address my child’s learning issues
A:  Yes, I would be happy to communicate with your child’s teacher. But, I will do so only if you give permission.  I have also spent many hours as a literacy consultant and coach.  It would be wise for me to meet your child’s teacher.  That way, the work we are doing can be extended and connected to their classroom learning.  Overcoming most severe kinds of dyslexia may require many years of instruction, accommodation, and adaptation of educational programming and requirements.  Parents and other supporters of the individuals with learning disabilities must be prepared to expend considerable time, energy, and resources to access the most effective evaluation protocols and benefit from the types of treatment that provide individuals with dyslexia the best chances for successful outcomes in skill development and in academic settings.

Do you teach other subjects? 
A:  While I can refer you to colleagues for other subjects, my area of specialty lies in the language based subjects of reading, writing, spelling, and foundational math.

Q:   How many times a week do students attend sessions? 
A:   Usually twice a week.  The summer is a great time to fit in more time and do more intensive instruction with more hours a week.  For high school and college subjects, the frequency is determined by the students needs.

Do you have reading groups?
A:   No. I have found one-on-one instruction is more beneficial and efficient.

Do you work in the student’s home?
A:   No, I normally meet in my home office and/or the student's school setting.

How much do your sessions cost?
A:   Individualized sessions range from 30 - 45 minutes in length and range from $60 - $100 a session.  Payment plans can be arranged in the case of hardship. Remember that my initial meeting is always free.

Is this program just for students who need remediation or who have learning difficulties?
A:   No. Those who already excel will receive a welcome boost toward even greater success. Many students gain several additional grade-levels in their reading ability and their confidence soars.  It’s amazing how far advanced students can become with some extra hours spent in direct instruction from a highly trained professional.

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