Hi, I’m Danielle! I’m a Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist and I provide private, online dyslexia tutoring using the Orton-Gillingham approach. I develop a customized plan for your struggling reader that involves auditory/visual processing activities, animation, video, online tools and games, and also an at-home kit for an interactive and engaging learning experience focused on phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. The kids I work with become skilled readers and excited learners!
Your child is one of a kind, and their Action Plan is determined by their unique needs and personality.
I develop a plan that includes auditory/visual processing activities, animated video, online manipulatives, games, and a hands-on kit that your child uses at home for a customized learning experience focused on these core areas:
As a Certified Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist, I understand that struggling readers require a multi-sensory, personalized, and hands-on approach with many opportunities for practice and feedback.
I also understand that children with dyslexia may also have ADHD, and they require interactive, stimulating, and fun learning experiences.
It is my goal to build a strong foundation and help your child read at or above grade level in the shortest amount of time possible.
Kids like games. When it comes to learning games, they like short ones. No overkill here. Your child will enjoy their independent practice 'games' 5 days of the week, and it will only take about 15 minutes a day to practice and master the foundational skills they've worked on in our live sessions.
I monitor this independent practice and adjust your child's games based on their performance so that they are successful with at least 90% accuracy for each game.
Dyslexia is a neurological condition that affects a person's ability to read and interpret written language. It's characterized by difficulty in recognizing and decoding words, as well as poor spelling and writing skills. It is not caused by a lack of intelligence or motivation, but rather by a difference in the way the brain processes language.
Dyslexia can be diagnosed by a specialist such as a neuropsychologist, educational psychologist, or speech-language pathologist and can be treated through various methods such as structured literacy therapy, special education programs, explicit tutoring, and assistive technology.
Unlike speech, children don't just "pick up" the ability to read from the environment, and about 5 kids in every class won't learn to read with standard instruction.
Research shows that about 80% of children will learn to read with some form of instruction, but the remaining 20% need structured, explicit instruction on the letter-sound correlations of the language.
It is critical to build a solid foundation for literacy. Grade 3 students who lack proficiency in reading are 4 times more likely to drop out of high school. In grade 4, children transition from learning to read to the more dominant, reading to learn form of instruction.
When children struggle with reading, they begin to dread going to school. Frequent stomach aches, behavioral issues, and poor self-esteem are often indicators of their struggle.
Early intervention with a structured literacy approach has dramatic results. Children become skilled readers when given the right tools - and with skilled reading comes increased confidence and academic success!