Tutoring Services

Our goal is to provide specialized one-to-one instruction so SLD Read students will develop effective skills in reading, writing, and spelling.

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Initial Conference

The initial conference is a no-fee initial meeting which involves the parent or student, depending on whether or not the student is an adult or a minor. During this conference, Education Services Specialists gather the background information needed to determine next steps.

Assessment

This step includes review of existing testing data showing the student’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as either a Baseline or Comprehensive Assessment completed by an SLD Read Assessment Specialist. A learning profile including assessment results are reviewed with parents at an Evaluation Conference prior to finalizing a tutoring contract.

SLD Read Tutoring

SLD Read tutoring services are contracted based on a sliding scale fee based on family size and income. We provide individualized, one-to-one tutoring based on the Orton-Gillingham approach for students ages 5 years through adult. Tutorial Service Agreements are written for 50 sessions and each lesson. Lessons are scheduled for a minimum of two times per week for 45-60 minutes per session. SLD Read tutors and students meet at the student’s school, workplace, an SLD Read office or another neutral location such as a public library or conference room.

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Progress Monitoring

As part of the progress monitoring for our tutoring students, students/parents receive oral communication on a monthly basis and a written evaluation every 50 lessons. SLD Read standard practice is use of standardized assessments such as the Woodcock-Johnson III (WJ-III), Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing (CTOPP) and Gray Oral Reading Test (GORT-4) to determine an individual’s beginning reading skill level, and subsequently, reflect tutoring effectiveness and student progress.

After 50 Lessons

Students are retested using the Woodcock -Johnson III as well as the Phonics Fundamentals Reading and Spelling Inventory which is assessment based on SLD Read’s curriculum. Progress data is shared in writing with parents and/or school staff based on the contract structure and program enrollment.

After 100 Lessons

Students are re-tested with the full initial battery indicated above. Adult students/parents receive a full written report outlining comparison test scores, a graph and a Student Evaluation Summary sheet.

Tests are repeated on the cycle indicated above for the duration of 1:1 service through SLD.  For example, when a tuition-based student completes 150 lessons, the 50 lesson testing would be repeated.  After 200 lessons, the 100 lesson battery would be given.

IDA and IMSLEC Accredited Program

SLD Read is an IDA and IMSLEC Accredited Program which meets the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council Standards for Teachers of Reading. The Orton-Gillingham approach includes in each lesson: multisensory reinforcement; phonological awareness; structured phonics; rules of language structure; reading comprehension practice and strategies; and a sequential and cumulative approach.

For Schools Requesting More Information on Intervention Services

SLD Read can work with West Michigan schools to provide 1:1 tutoring services as part of a Title I or Tier 3 program. To learn more, contact Lori Goins in our Grand Rapids office at 616.361.1182, Lisa Gromaski in our Kalamazoo office at 269.345.2661, or Contact Us online.

Questions about our Tutoring Services?

Additional information about our tutoring services, including how we can help individuals with dyslexia, and SLD Read is available on our Resources page. You can also contact us at any time with questions.