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Online Dyslexia Tutoring, Susan Barton Dyslexia
  • What sets Hammond Bell apart from other programs or services available?
    At Hammond Bell, our team is unlike any other because of our unwavering dedication to reading intervention, student-focused progress, and the restoration of confidence. What truly distinguishes us is our collective experience as specialists with years of proven success in traditional classroom settings. Our shared passion for change and a commitment to effective intervention brought us together. Empowering Student Success: We understand the struggles that students face when it comes to reading and spelling. Our mission is to be a beacon of hope and support, helping students rediscover the joy of learning. We are deeply compassionate and student-centered, going the extra mile to rebuild the confidence that can often be eroded after years of struggling. Effective Communication: We believe that collaboration is key to a student's success. That's why we value open and transparent communication. To keep everyone on the same page, we provide weekly lesson notes, which parents are encouraged to share with teachers and schools. This ensures that your child's educational team is working in harmony to achieve the best outcomes. A Holistic Approach: In addition to academic progress, we also address the emotional and social aspects of coping with reading difficulties. We're not just here to improve reading and spelling; we're here to empower your child's holistic development, ensuring they thrive both inside and outside the classroom. Results That Matter: Our commitment is to deliver results that truly matter. We measure success not just in terms of improved reading skills but in the renewed confidence, enthusiasm, and love for learning that your child will experience. At [Your Company Name], we are more than tutors; we are passionate advocates for your child's future, committed to making a real difference in their life.
  • What is the Orton-Gillingham approach, and why is it effective for dyslexic students?
    The Orton-Gillingham approach is a structured, multisensory, and phonics-based method designed to help individuals, especially those with dyslexia, improve their reading, spelling, and writing skills. Developed in the early 20th century, it has since become one of the most widely recognized and effective approaches for dyslexia intervention. Here's why it's so effective: Multisensory Techniques: Orton-Gillingham engages multiple senses, including visual, auditory, and kinesthetic, to reinforce learning. This multisensory approach helps individuals with dyslexia better grasp and remember language concepts. Structured and Sequential: The method follows a structured, step-by-step curriculum that introduces and builds on reading and spelling skills incrementally. This sequential approach is crucial for individuals who struggle with language processing. Individualized Instruction: Orton-Gillingham allows for highly personalized instruction. Tutors adapt the approach to the unique needs of each student, ensuring that lessons are tailored to address their specific challenges and strengths. Phonics Emphasis: Phonics, the relationship between sounds and written letters, is a central focus of Orton-Gillingham. By mastering phonics, students can decode words more effectively and become more confident readers. Consistent and Repetitive Learning: Orton-Gillingham lessons involve consistent and repetitive practice to reinforce skills, building a strong foundation for reading and spelling. Results-Driven: Research has shown that the Orton-Gillingham approach can significantly improve reading and writing skills in individuals with dyslexia. Its success is rooted in a deep understanding of how people learn to read and write. By incorporating these elements, the Orton-Gillingham approach is a powerful tool in helping dyslexic students overcome their challenges, develop strong literacy skills, and gain the confidence they need to succeed academically and in life.
  • My child doesn't have a dyslexia diagnosis but I suspect it. Will this program still work for him/her?
    Many of our students come to us with a dyslexia diagnosis, but it is NOT required! The Orton-Gillingham approach is highly effective for students who struggle with reading and spelling, not just those with a formal dyslexia diagnosis. While it was initially developed to address the specific needs of dyslexic individuals, its multisensory, structured, and individualized nature makes it a valuable tool for anyone who faces challenges in reading and spelling. Many students who struggle with reading and spelling may not have an official dyslexia diagnosis but can still benefit significantly from Orton-Gillingham-based instruction. This approach is known for its adaptability, allowing educators and tutors to customize lessons to address a wide range of learning difficulties related to language processing, phonics, and decoding. The key strength of the Orton-Gillingham approach is its ability to provide personalized, research-based instruction that meets students where they are and helps them progress in their literacy skills. It's not limited solely to dyslexic students and can be a valuable resource for anyone seeking to improve their reading and spelling abilities.
  • How do you monitor and measure my child's progress during the tutoring program?
    At Hammond Bell, we take a data-driven approach to ensure your child's progress is on the right track. We understand that each child's learning journey is unique, and we are committed to providing the most effective support at the right time. Baseline Data: Before your child's tutoring program begins, we conduct an initial screener to establish a baseline of their current skills and challenges. This baseline data helps us understand where your child is starting and what specific areas need attention. Monthly Progress Monitoring: Once your child is enrolled in our program, we don't stop at the initial assessment. We believe in continuous improvement, and that's why we conduct monthly progress monitoring to track your child's development. This ongoing assessment ensures that your child is making meaningful progress. Data-Driven Decision-Making: Our tutors use the data collected from monthly assessments to make informed, data-driven decisions about your child's instruction. This allows us to adjust and customize the tutoring program as needed, adapting to your child's evolving needs. By implementing a data-driven approach and regularly monitoring your child's progress, we can provide timely and tailored support, ensuring that your child's journey to improved reading and spelling skills is both effective and efficient. Our commitment is to make sure we are always moving in the right direction, and your child's success is our top priority.
  • What is the cost of your tutoring services, and do you offer any financial assistance or scholarships?
    At Hammond Bell, we understand that every family's financial situation is unique, and our goal is to make our high-quality Orton-Gillingham tutoring services accessible to as many students as possible. Our commitment to affordability is reflected in our payment structure. We offer a straightforward and convenient equal monthly payment plan based on the average number of lessons in the year. This approach makes budgeting predictable and hassle-free, allowing you to plan and manage your finances more easily. We're dedicated to finding a solution that suits your needs and budget, and we can provide you with an exact pricing estimate based on the specific requirements of your child. We encourage interested parents to contact us for a personalized assessment, so we can offer an accurate cost based on your child's needs and the services required. Additionally, for families seeking financial assistance or scholarship opportunities, we're happy to discuss available options and explore ways to make our services more accessible. Your child's education is our priority, and we're here to work with you to ensure they receive the support they need. Please reach out to us to discuss your individual circumstances, and we'll do our best to assist you in providing your child with the help they deserve.
  • How often are tutoring sessions, and how long does each session typically last?
    To ensure the best results, lessons are typically scheduled a minimum of twice per week, which is often the suggested starting point for most families. However, we also offer more intensive intervention options for families who wish to close gaps more quickly. Our package options include tutoring sessions for up to four days per week. Each tutoring session is 50 minutes in duration, which is considered a professional tutoring hour. This 50-minute timeframe allows our tutors to efficiently set up and break down lesson materials, provide focused instruction, and dedicate time to writing weekly lesson notes and progress updates. This level of detail ensures that your child receives the highest quality of instruction and personalized support as they work towards their reading and spelling goals.
  • I'm hesitant about online tutoring. Is it as effective as in-person tutoring?
    We understand that transitioning to online tutoring may raise some concerns. However, we want to assure you that online tutoring can be just as effective, if not more so, as in-person tutoring. Here's why: 1. Access to Extensive Resources: Our online platform has stood the test of time and was developed specifically for effective and engaging online use. We have access to a vast array of resources and digital tools that we could never physically bring to your home. This wealth of resources enhances your child's learning experience and ensures they have the support they need to succeed. No boring worksheets here! Request a free demo lesson to see how the program works. 2. Trusted Relationships: Once your child is matched with a tutor, they remain with that tutor for every lesson. This consistency allows them to develop a strong and trusting relationship with their tutor, creating an environment where your child can thrive and feel comfortable asking questions or seeking guidance. 3. Expert Tutors from Across the Country: Once your child is matched with a tutor, they remain with that tutor for every lesson. This consistency allows them to develop a strong and trusting relationship with their tutor, creating an environment where your child can thrive and feel comfortable asking questions or seeking guidance. With online tutoring, you're not restricted to the specialists in your local area. You have access to some of the best tutors in the country. This means that your child can benefit from the expertise of highly qualified educators who may not be geographically accessible in traditional in-person settings. It opens up a world of possibilities and ensures that your child receives top-notch instruction, regardless of their location. 4. Consistency: With online tutoring, you can maintain a consistent schedule. There's no disruption due to travel, weather, or unexpected circumstances, ensuring your child's learning plan remains on track. 5. Convenience and Flexibility: Online tutoring offers the flexibility to schedule sessions at times that work best for you and your child. No need to commute or worry about geographical constraints; you can access our services from the comfort of your home. 6. Interactive Learning: Online platforms often incorporate interactive tools, making learning engaging and fun. Your child can collaborate with the tutor through shared screens, chat, and various multimedia resources. 7. Safety and Comfort: During challenging times, online tutoring offers a safe and comfortable learning environment. It minimizes health concerns and allows your child to focus solely on their academic progress.
  • Do you assign additional homework in conjunction with the tutoring sessions?
    Absolutely not. We understand that your child already has homework assigned from school, and our services are designed to minimize any extra burden on your family. We believe in simplifying the process for you, not adding to it. Our intervention is highly effective and impactful through the time we spend working directly with your child during the tutoring sessions. You won't need to worry about additional assignments or tasks outside of our scheduled sessions. Your child's progress is our primary focus, and we aim to make the learning experience as straightforward and efficient as possible for your family. However, if you ever feel that your child would benefit from extra practice or supplemental resources, we're here to support you. We can provide access to additional practice materials and suggest appropriate reading materials that can further enhance their progress. Our goal is to be a flexible resource for your family, ensuring your child's educational journey is as productive and rewarding as possible.
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