Helping Students Overcome Dyslexia
One Student at a Time
Dyslexia is a brain-based (i.e., neurobiological) learning disability that inhibits a person’s ability to read. The primary areas of difficulty are:
With explicit, multisensory, structured language instruction with the Wilson Reading System by a Certified Dyslexia Practioner, your child can gain the knowledge and skills of the language system he/she needs to become an independent reader.
What is Dyslexia?
According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development:
"Dyslexia is a brain-based type of learning disability that specifically impairs a person’s ability to read. Individuals with dyslexia typically read at levels significantly lower than expected despite having normal intelligence. Although the disorder varies from person to person, common characteristics among people with dyslexia are difficulty with phonological processing (the manipulation of sounds), spelling, and/or rapid visual-verbal responding. Dyslexia can be inherited in some families, and recent studies have identified a number of genes that may predispose an individual to developing dyslexia.”
Wilson Reading System
From the Wilson Language Corporation:
The Wilson Reading System® (WRS) is an intensive Tier 3 program for students in grades 2-12 and adults with word-level deficits who are not making sufficient progress through their current intervention; have been unable to learn with other teaching strategies and require multisensory language instruction; or who require more intensive structured literacy instruction due to a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia.
As a structured literacy program based on phonological-coding research and Orton-Gillingham principles, WRS directly and systematically teaches the structure of the English language. Through the program, students learn fluent decoding and encoding skills to the level of mastery. From the beginning steps of the program, students receive instruction in:
Decoding and word study
Sight word recognition
Oral expressive language development
A Bit About Me
Certifications, Experience, Services
Finding the right tutor for your child can be difficult. I want families to feel confident that I have the experience it takes to provide children with the necessary expertise to help them become independent, lifelong readers.
I have 29 years of experience in education and tutoring students. My career began at SUNY Old Westbury with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. I taught 2 years of Pre-K Head Start in Brooklyn, NY and 3 years of second grade in North Carolina. During that time I developed a passion for teaching students with disabilities. I earned my Master's Degree in Reading and Special Education from NCSU in 1999. I have been a Literacy Intervention Teacher in Wake County since 1998 as well as a private tutor for students after school. I earned Level I Wilson Reading Certification and the title of Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner in 2018.
I provide one-on-one tutoring to students using the WRS program for 2-5 sessions per week.
I am also a parent of two children (ages 22-18) and I can relate to the concerns of finding the right services for children and the needs of families.
References are available upon request.
Location, Rates, and Cancellations
Explicit, systematic, individualized reading instruction for your child:
In my NW Raleigh Home
Intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Ebenezer Church Road/5 minutes from I-540 Leesville Rd. Exit
At the Leesville Community or Duraleigh Public Library
In student's home
$70 an hour in my home or online
$75 an hour in Leesville Community or Duraleigh Public Library or in student's home within 5-10 miles of my location.
$80 an hour outside of 10 miles of my home
Payment can be made through cash, check, or Paypal, or Venmo. Payment can be made after each session or weekly.
Advance Notice Cancellations
need to be made as far in advance as possible. Sessions can be cancelled without penalty or rescheduled if a mutually convenient date or time can be found.
Last Minute Cancellations
cancellations made without 24 hour notice and no rescheduled session will be charged the full session.
Emergencies and unexpected events do happen! Each student will be allowed one "free" last minute cancellation.