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Helen W.

Portland, OR


Dyslexia Reading teacher, Reading, Math, and Speech Pathology

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Background check passed as of 1/20/14
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104 Ratings
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Oregon State University
Speech Correction
University of Oregon College of Education


Oregon State University (Speech Correction)

University of Oregon College of Education (EdD)

About Helen

I teach dyslexic children with the Barton Reading and Spelling System. Dyslexia is the reason a bright child has a difficult time learning to read, spell, and write. After spending many years in the education field I found that some children, beyond first and second grade, still have difficulties learning to read. Some of these children are dyslexic. I developed an interest in teaching dyslexic students. Dyslexic students I tutor are becoming successful readers, spellers and writers.

I received my first degree at Oregon State in Speech Therapy. I went back to school later to earn my Teaching Degree at the University of Oregon. I have kept up with educational standards with university classes, seminars and workshops.

I am a part time reading and math teacher and a dyslexic teacher. I love working with children. I teach reading with a phonic based approach, and every lesson includes a phonic lesson, a comprehension skill, and a vocabulary lesson.

When I teach math I focus on computation, concept and problem solving skills.

I have been a speech therapist and work with children with speech articulation, fluency, voice, and language disabilities.

Using interesting and stimulating methods of teaching helps the student want to learn. I value each student and want to help them be successful.
I teach dyslexic children with the Barton Reading and Spelling System. Dyslexia is the reason a bright child has a difficult time learning to read, spell, and write. After… Read more

12 hours notice required

$35 per hour for Dyslexic students if they have two sessions a week. I will give parents a break.

Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Portland, OR 97223
Background Check: Passed

"Amazing Tutor"

- Mike, Batavia, OH on 5/7/13

"Outstanding teacher! "

- Arin, Portland, OR on 2/17/13
Bible Studies,
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Elementary (K-6th),
Reading, Study Skills,
Corporate Training:

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An ADD/ADHD student's learning is affected in the same way as a runner's ability to run would be by carrying a fifty pound backpack. The student with ADD/ADHD has difficulty concentrating on what he/she is trying to learn.
With or without Medication tutoring can be effective with the student because he/she has less distractions during the teaching and study time.
Quizzing and using questioning skills with the student can help the student learn the material studied.


I have had Asperger students in my classroom who have had learning difficulties. Most asperger students are very high in one or more subjects of study and may have a subject where they don't excel.

These children are best helped when their parents have sought the help of a psychologist to test their child. The results help the parents and teacher to be better informed about what may be causing a learning difficulty.

Tutoring the child after discerning where the problem may lie helps the tutor to determine a course of action. Tutoring can be much more successful knowing if the student has a learning problem or not.

Bible Studies

I have taken Bible classes in Old Testament and New Testament history, hermeneutics and classes on many books of the Bible. I have taught Bible in a 5th and a 5th-6th combination class and in a 2nd grade class. I read the Bible most everyday.


I have been a classroom teacher, a speech therapist and have specialized in reading and math. I use the Barton Reading and Spelling System to teach dyslexic students to read.
Dyslexia is the most common reason a bright child will struggle with spelling, writing, or reading. But it affects many other areas as well.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a current Elementary Teaching License. I have taught in a Kindergarten classroom, second grade classroom, and a fifth and sixth grade classroom. I have taught reading and math in all grades, Kindergarten through eighth grade.


I have taught phonemic awareness and phonic skills in reading with small groups for the past five years.
I have been a kindergarten teacher and a second grade teacher where I taught phonemic awareness and phonics. I was a second grade teacher for four years.
I taught phonics systematically in shared reading and guided reading. The phonic rules were taught along with the stories, vocabulary and comprehension skills.

Special Needs

I have worked with special needs in language as a Speech Therapist in the past. I have specialized training in reading and math and have worked with children with learning problems.
A special needs child, many times, has a different type of learning pattern. What is best in this case in reading, is to teach at a slower pace and use many ways to teach the same concept, such as, to learn new words, use phonetics, whole word, and another example is using context clues when they start reading.
Blending words can be quite a struggle for these students. Kinesthetic learning is used by feeling the shape of the letters and sounds and also associating these letters and sounds with pictures can also help the child to remember them because of association. With a language disability, saying the sounds by themselves, sounds isolated in words, blending the phonemes and morphemes, and learning affixes and whole words with repetition are very helpful. Practice with reading and understanding the meaning of the written language is the key to progress for a student with a language disability.


I am a speech pathologist. I taught in the public school for several years from preschool through high school. I have also worked privately with children.

I can work with children with all types of articulation problems, fluency issues, language development, and voice problems.

Study Skills

I have taught study skills at all grade levels I teach. The upper level students learn how to organize their daily homework planners. I teach outlining skills that go along with their reading. They receive study guides for each test and they are corrected in class to review the material covered.
In math sample problems are reviewed. Take home review tests for each chapter are assigned and checked in class. The buddy system is used for students struggling with a concept as part of a help system in class and, if needed, get a private tutor outside of class.
Younger children work with their parents at home to do work pages that reinforce what they are learning. Envelopes are sent home each week and expected to return signed.

Oregon State University
Speech Correction
University of Oregon College of Education


Oregon State University (Speech Correction)

University of Oregon College of Education (EdD)

Amazing Tutor — First off my 10 year old son LOVES Helen and I think that says as much as anything. Helen is patient, efficient and has tons of experience with teaching kids. We have noticed vast improvements in our sons reading and writing abilities. She knows how to keep our son engaged and on track during lessons and has been able to build up our sons confidence in how he learns and how to apply this at school ...

— Mike, Batavia, OH on 5/7/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

$35 per hour for Dyslexic students if they have two sessions a week. I will give parents a break.

Travel policy

Helen will travel within 5 miles of Portland, OR 97223.

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