Reading proficiently is an instrument for success, and it’s the most critical tool for learning the majority of a subject matter at school. And it doesn’t stop there either. As children grow into adults, proficient reading is a skill necessary in some professions.
There is always an increasing emphasis on the importance of education and literacy. More and more children and adults alike are needing help in their reading, spelling, and expressing their thoughts on paper in addition to acquiring competent use of grammar.
Dyslexic children can find the acquisition of these literacy skills quite difficult. Apart from that, they can also suffer from a lot of trauma and anguish when they might feel like they’re being mentally abused by their peers within their school and social environment — all because they have special needs and a bit of learning difficulty.
Help Through a Reading Tutor
Seeking outside help from an effective reading program and a competent reading tutor is not something to be ashamed of. It already helps that kids who have dyslexia do often get specialized reading instructions as a part of their Individualized Education Program. It’s very important in help them achieve reading prowess.
But sometimes, it’s not enough to ensure every child can read fluently at a certain grade level…
This is where help from outside sources come in.
As part of your personal research, here are 5 things you should be on the lookout for if your child has dyslexia and is in need of private reading instruction.
#1 The Orton-Gillingham Approach
Look for a tutor who does an Orton-Gillingham-based intervention. It should be noted that if your child has received a diagnosis of dyslexia (or if they exhibit signs of having dyslexia), it’s important to select a tutor that bases their approach on factual research, is highly-trained, and certified.
There are numerous renowned and effective Orton-Gillingham-based programs and approaches. If a tutor or a service doesn’t make use of this approach, tread carefully, or start looking for others who do.
#2 Seek Tutor Certification
Prospective reading tutors who will be working with your child must be highly-trained, and certified — as already mentioned. Different programs and different organizations will have varying methods for certifying reading tutorial service providers.
So don’t hesitate to do you own brand of background checks on your prospective reading tutors. Make sure the tutor you’re considering is certified in the method that they’re working on. It’s one of the keys for providing effective learning intervention.
Ask tutors if they’re certified, and if they are, by what organization and what process was required of them to earn the certification.
#3 Tutors with Experience
Ask your prospective tutor how much training and experience they’ve had. If they’re only in for a few weeks or months of actual training with no on-going supervision by the trainer, and has less than 2 years of experience in using the Orton-Gillingham approach, be wary and cautious.
There will be some newer tutors who might offer discounted rates to tutor your child and gain their own experience. It can be option, but remember to do your own personal research on the matter.
#4 One-on-one Tutoring
Group tutoring are often done in school and within classroom settings, where instructors find it easier to create effective groupings.
If you’re considering groups, the group size shouldn’t exceed the recommendations of specific reading programs. This will require skilled decision making. Because in order to effectively teach a child with dyslexia, the group can only move as fast as the child that needs the most practice.
Absences will lead to a child missing instruction. Instructors would have to postpone or review material. On the other hand, if one child learns fast, their progress can be stalled by slower or absent group members.
#5 Providing Homework Help
When your child learns something in school, it’s wonderful if your chosen reading tutor also touches upon and reinforce the same reading or spelling concept.
However, a lot of Orton-Gillingham-based interventions already have a general scope and sequence that already ensures basic sight words, phonics concepts, spelling rules, morphology, etc. Often, this is covered in a very explicit and systematic way.
So make sure your child and their tutor can strike a balance between personal reading intervention and homework help.