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About Hammond Bell

Best Orton-Gillingham Online tutoring

Offering high quality online dyslexia tutoring to students with reading and spelling challenges.

Our specialists bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to help students with dyslexia and reading/spelling difficulties to break past academic barriers. We develop relationships that build trust and produce confident learners through research and evidence based programs.

At Hammond Bell, we believe that every child deserves the gift of reading and spelling proficiency. If you're a parent who's watched your child battle dyslexia (or general reading and spelling difficulties) for too long, you're not alone. We understand the frustration and heartache that can come with this journey, and we're here to tell you that there's hope. Hammond Bell tutors take the guesswork and stress out of your hands. See how our individualized programs can help your child soar.

Program Details

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Barton Reading & Spelling System

An Orton-Gillingham Based Intervention​

Barton is a structured literacy program that is Orton-Gillingham influenced. It is effective for all students, but especially those who struggle with reading and spelling and who have dyslexia/ Specific Learning Disabilities. It teaches reading and spelling cohesively and in logical sequence that builds on previously learned rules and concepts.

It is: multisensory, structured, systematic and direct it its instruction, and sequential. 


Barton is not a "quick-fix program" and is intended to be completed in its entirety. Because it is considered an intensive intervention, it is required to be implemented at a minimum of twice per week. The program is broken into 10 levels:

Level 1: Phonemic awareness

Level 2: Consonants & Short Vowels

Level 3: Closed & Unit Syllables

Level 4: Multi-Syllable words and Vowel Teams

Level 5: Prefixes & Suffixes

Level 6: Six Reasons for Silent-E

Level 7: Vowel-R’s

Level 8: Advanced Vowel Teams

Level 9: Influence of Foreign Languages

Level 10: Latin Roots & Greek Combining Forms

Learn more about The Barton Reading & Spelling System here.

Areas of Expertise
Foundation in Sounds online tutoring
Foundation in Sounds Hammond Bell Educational Services
Phonemic awareness reading tutoring

Foundations in Sounds is a pre-reading program that is used to gain the foundational skills that are required prior to reading. Students who don't pass the Barton screener. FIS develops auditory discrimination, auditory memory size, and auditory sequencing skills. 

It is is structured similarly to Barton in that it is; multisensory, structured, systematic and direct it its instruction, and sequential. 

FIS is broken into 12 lessons with 9 procedures in each lesson. 

The sounds are taught in this order:

1. /m/ and /n/
2: /f/ and /v/
3: /th/
4: /k/ and /g/
5: /s/ and /sh/
6: /i/ and /e/
7: /u/
8: /a/ and /o/
9: /l/ and /r/
10: /d/ and /t/
11: /ch/ and /j/
12: /b/ and /p/  

 A pre-reading program for dyslexic children and adults, preschoolers, and struggling students.

Foundations in Sounds

Learn more about Foundations in Sounds here!

Lauren Bell, Hammond Bell Educational Services, LLC

Lauren Bell, M.Ed, Founder & Owner of

Hammond Bell Educational Services, LLC

Meet Lauren

Lauren Bell is the owner and founder of Hammond Bell Educational Services, LLC. After graduating from The Pennsylvania State University with an M.Ed in special education, Lauren taught for 10 years the public, charter, and private school settings with a focus on dyslexia and language based disabilities. Hammond Bell was created with a mission of matching passionate dyslexia specialists with students to develop strong and confident readers.The team has a combined total of  30+ years of experience in the field and works with families and schools to provide high-quality dyslexia intervention. Lauren and her team are committed to student success through The Barton Reading and Spelling System and personalized tutoring to fit the needs of all learners.

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