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I am a passionate and knowledgeable teacher who is here to help students of all ages from children to adults, learn to be better readers/spellers, and reach their full potential. Whether or not diagnosed with dyslexia, multisensory, structured, language-based learning strategies work for students who struggle with reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary, comprehension, phonics and study skills. With over 25 years of experience having taught students from age four to seventy-four, I have never had a student who didn't learn, especially after trying other tutors and reading programs. Also, I am a qualified dyslexia screener who can identify dyslexia with 95% certainty. If you feel there is a huge discrepancy between knowledge and performance, then contact me! For the past ten years, I was also a Professional Development Consultant, training teachers all over this country, with great success, in the structure of our language and how to teach it to students with language-based learning disabilities.
ADD/ADHD is not a learning disability. However, ADD/ADHD does affect learning. Students with ADD/ADHD struggle with attention and staying on task. These students benefit from multisensory instruction because they use their whole brain and learn in steps which keep them on task. Distraction is their enemy. Working with students who are distracted easily can be challenging. However, learning through multisensory learning strategies keeps them focused and involved without frustration. I have been teaching ADD/ADHD students for more than 25 years. Keeping the lesson moving is critical for maximum success making the student feel self-confident and successful.
Students who struggle or have struggled with reading, writing, spelling, comprehension regardless of knowledge, may have dyslexia. They need to learn differently. Multisensory, structured, language-based learning strategies work. Dyslexic students often have many strengths such as art, music, athletics, etc., regardless of their academic struggles. Learning the structure of our language will help students understand the rules of language and become better readers/spellers. Dyslexia means difficulty with language. If affects more than just reading. Spelling, and math are also affected along with learning all subjects. With over 25 years of experience, if there is a discrepancy between knowledge and academic performance, then dyslexia may be the reason. I am also qualified to screen for dyslexia.
Most students who struggle with reading/spelling, and writing have difficulties with phonics. I have helped students learn to identify the letters and the sounds in isolation with help students to read, spell and write better using phonics. First, seeing the letters and identifying the sounds. Next, hearing the sounds and identifying the letters. Learning to blend and segment the sounds to form words helps to read and to spell. Once students learn the sounds, then they learn the rules of our language. Vowels are vital. Learning the vowels and what they say in a word will make all the difference. Learning the different syllable types is fun and gives the students back their confidence and self-esteem. I have over 25 years experience of teaching phonics with this method because it works. My experience with phonics is extensive. Children who were told they could not learn to read, now read with my method and experience of teaching phonics .
Special Needs students learn best with a patient, caring and knowledgeable teacher. My degree is in special needs and I have taught students with special needs, successfully, for the past 20 years. They need to learn in a different way so they will feel confident, progress and become successful. Whether they have been diagnosed with a language-based learning disability, dysgraphia, dyslexia, or not, multisensory, language-based learning strategies do work.
Study skills are essential to achieve success and reach a student's full potential. My extensive experience with study skills has proven to be an important component with helping struggling students. Using the Landmark School Study Skills Guide, students learn study skills from the best system I have found. Students actually have fun learning this way and increase their learning potential in all subjects when they equip themselves with the skills they need to study those subjects.
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