Frequently Asked Questions: Online Tutoring Services for Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia at 3D Learning Experts
Q. What is Dyslexia? A. Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability that refers to a cluster of symptoms, resulting in expansive struggles, particularly reading, spelling, writing, and correctly pronouncing words. This can make it very difficult for students to succeed academically in the typical instructional environment. Dyslexia is a neurological condition caused by different wiring of the brain. Individuals with Dyslexia are often highly intelligent. They tend to be creative problem solvers and experts in their chosen field. Particularly in the areas of the arts, athletics, sciences, and business ownership. Dyslexic students benefit from Orton-Gillingham methods of tutoring. Q. What is Orton-Gillingham Approach? A. Orton-Gillingham is a multi-sensory approach to teaching students to read, write, and spell. This approach alternate between reading and writing the same sound. This approach uses a systematic and cumulative method to review and improve memory. Learning to encode and decode simultaneously reinforces the information taught. Sounds are taught and reviewed until they become automatic.
Q. Will my child work with one tutor or different tutors? A. Our goal is to pair each child with a tutor that best suites his or her needs and schedule. After the intake evaluation we can better determine which tutor your child will work best with. We provide a close working relationship between all the tutors at 3D Learning Experts, providing coverage in the event that a tutor is out sick.
Q. Does my child need an official diagnosis? A. No, an official diagnosis is not necessary. We can usually tell based on a free phone consultation if your child sounds Dyslexic. Put the money you would spend on an official diagnosis, towards fixing the problem, through tutoring. Schedule a free call. Q. What is online tutoring? A. Our online tutoring option includes, one-on-one instruction in an online format, much like in person tutoring. The sessions are conducted with a live instructor in a video conference where instructor is able to share their computer screen and the student has control of the mouse and types rather than handwriting words and sentences. Our online curriculum includes activities such as building with tiles, working on sight words, and reading for fluency. We use Zoom.us, a free video conferencing services.
Q. Do you offer Dyslexia Screenings or assessments? A. We offer student intake screenings, as a way to guide our individualized student plan. We do not provide an official diagnosis or formal assessments; however, our screeners provide a gauge of a student’s current reading level or math skills.
Q. How do I schedule a student screening appointment? A. Simply Schedule a Student Intake Screening. The entire appointment takes 1 1/2 hours. The screening portion takes 1 hour, followed by a 30 minute parent consultation. If you do not want to discuss findings in front of your child, we can schedule the consult portion on zoom at a later time. No written report is provided, however you are welcome to take notes.
Q. What is the process to start tutoring? A. Step One: Schedule a phone call with Jess or email us to discuss you or your child’s struggles, needs and your goals for your child, to determine if our program is a good fit. Step Two: Your child will participate in a 1 hour Student Intake Screening to determine if our tutoring services will help, what program is ideal for you or your child and create a personalized tutoring plan.
Q. Am I too old for tutoring? A. We tutor students entering 1st grade to adulthood. It’s not too late to end your reading struggles. If you are an adult who reads slowly, has trouble putting your thoughts on paper or is a terrible speller, we can help. One of our favorite O-G programs is perfect for teaching teens and adult students how to read and spell, well. It is not childish.
Q. Do you give homework? A. No, we do not give homework, we do however provide strategies "rules" to help you support your child at home and it is beneficial when parents understand them to support their child at home.
Q. What curriculum do you recommend for homeschooling my child who has dyslexia, dyscalculia or dysgraphia? A. We recommend using multi-sensory, hands on curriculum and activities. We have compiled a list of resources and curriculum we recommend that we have found helpful to homeschooling families.Email Us for a copy of the list.
Q. Do you individualize? A. Yes, we individualize our program to fit each student’s needs based on the initial parent consultation, student screening and tutor's observations.
Q. How is online tutoring different from in person tutoring? A. We provide effective remote/online 1 on 1 personalized tutoring services in reading, spelling and foundational math to our students using a platform called zoom. Online tutoring is virtually the same as in person tutoring, we continue to use multi-sensory methods which are beneficial for students with Dyslexia and Dyscalculia. The main difference between online and in person is our online students practice developing their typing skills, rather than handwriting skills. We have found online tutoring to be highly successful for ADHD students.
Q. How long does it take to see progress? A. It varies from person to person, however most students will start to make progress within the first month of tutoring. A few students have reported improvement within the first week of tutoring! Crazy huh? The entire program takes approximately 2 -3 years for the most students to complete it. The entire program takes 2 to 3 years for most students to complete. Upon completion, our students read on a high school level, between 9th and 11th grade. That is higher than the average reading level of American high school students.
We believe that all students, regardless of the severity of their Dyslexia, can successfully become independent readers with the appropriate approach to learning. We are committed to ensuring that your child reaches their full potential.