Literacy Assessment 


Individualized Mulitisensory Structured Language Teaching

Free Initial Consultation Includes:

Initial meeting with client and parent

Review school records client or parent provided

Parent Surveys / Questionnaires 

Student Reading Assessment


Mrs. Ricca has built a great reputation presenting around Chittenden County.  She is highly energetic, and holds great credibility with teachers because she is one of them.

Mrs. Ricca has also received extensive education through workshops and presentations from Lucy Calkins, Debbie Miller, and other skilled Literacy Specialists.

Her ideas and presentations help teachers make the best practice of Balanced Literacy happen successfully in their classroom.  She is knowledgeable, creative, and passionate about helping teachers do their very best job every day for every student.

Mrs. Ricca provides expert instruction, assessment, and leadership for school’s reading programs.  

Please contact Mrs. Ricca to discuss the literacy needs of your school.

Literacy Instruction

Mrs. Ricca delivers an individualized well-balanced literacy program in a one-on-one setting with students in order to build the foundation for literacy by using best practices in reading and writing instruction.

Each literacy plan that Mrs. Ricca designs is highly individualized and her curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of each of her students. All differentiated lessons are chosen from an extensive assortment of resources, from years of experience, and from ongoing professional development.  All lessons are always taught in one-on-one sessions, and students work at their own pace.

All instruction is explicit and systematic.  Multiple practice opportunities are built into the program to allow for mastery of the targeted skills.

Based on Their Individual Needs, Students Work On:

Phomemic Awarenes
Study and Executive Functioning Skills

Programs Used:


Orton-Gillingham Foundation with elements of Wilson and Academic Associates

Fluency and Automaticity
Read Naturally, Repeated Readings from Controlled Texts with Progress Tracking, Fountas and Pinnell, authentic texts are used daily to promote fluency and other aspects of reading

Nanci Bell's Visualizing and Verbalizing, Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review (SQ3R), Read, Cover, Retell, Check (RCRC), Think Aloud, Oral Summarizing, Columbia Teachers College Reading and Writing Project

Spelling and Reading Unfamiliar Words
Multi-sensory tracing and reciting of rules and words (rough board, sand, small rug), tapping, and other VAKT programs such as the Fernald Method

Modeling and shared reading on student's instructional level are a part of every lesson.

All Instruction Is:

Synthetic AND Analytic
Direct AND Explicit
Systematic AND Cumulative
Simultaneously Multisensory