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Barbara F.

I can help you overcome obstacles to reading.

Elm Grove, WI (53122)

Travel radius
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Hourly fee
$50.00
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Reading is my specialty and my passion. Children and adults benefit from one on one tutoring using Orton-Gillingham methods. This is the most effective approach for those who learn differently. Whether someone is officially diagnosed with dyslexia or simply has difficulty cracking the code of reading, I can help.

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Barbara’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ASVAB, SAT Reading
Homeschool:
English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Special Needs:
Business:
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Language:
English:
ACT English, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing

Dyslexia

My primary interest is assisting dyslexics. Through my own family's experience with a dyslexic child I have come to understand the needs of dyslexics and how to teach reading in a way that works! Using Orton-Gillingham based materials, including Wilson Reading System, I tutor those who struggle with traditional methods. My tutoring, correct materials and the student's desire to succeed comprise the winning formula! I teach Orton-Gillingham methods part-time at a Milwaukee Charter School and tutor dyslexic children at a local nonprofit agency. I am motivated to help you; I feel confident you can succeed!

ESL/ESOL

I teach the English language in a systematic way, based on the Orton-Gillingham approach. This method begins at the beginning, stressing letter/sound correspondence and building to word and sentence level. Every aspect of language usage is addressed - reading, writing and speaking. My credentials include an M.A. degree in speech communication, 7 years directing ESL programming for an adult literacy center, and CALP (Certified Academic Language Practitioner) status.

Phonics

I have eight years professional experience using multisensory phonics methods to teach struggling readers. For seven years I managed the state's oldest and largest volunteer literacy agency, which provided phonics instruction to hundreds of adult students per year. I personally tutored students, and arranged for staff and volunteers to be trained in multisensory phonics tutoring methods. I now tutor dyslexic children at the Masonic Childrens' Learning Center where I am part way through a one year credentialing process. I hold a license from the State of Wisconsin to teach multisensory phonics at a Milwaukee Charter School. I am an active member of the Orton-Gillingham Academy, the International Dyslexia Association, and the Wisconsin Reading Coalition.

Proofreading

Your written work should reflect your highest standards. Rules of grammar, punctuation and spelling are the essential guidelines for quality text. In addition, you want to convey your precise meaning in a way that engages your reader. I can help you to do that.

Public Speaking

I hold a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Communication, and have taught public speaking professionally as well as at the college level. I have held numerous leadership positions which required me to speak to groups of all sizes. As a corporate training director I provided coaching and instruction to high level managers to improve their public speaking skills. I can help you to craft your message, prepare an effective presentation, and polish your professional appearance and image. I enjoy public speaking, and can help you to enjoy it too!

Reading

For those who struggle to read, learning is frustrating and discouraging. I specialize in teaching those students with the method that is most effective. I use multisensory methods to make reading possible for all students, especially those with dyslexia or a related reading disability. Learning to decode language is the key to becoming a life-long self-sufficient reader. Everyone deserves to be a reader!

Special Needs

Students with dyslexia and other language processing disorders benefit from multisensory tutoring methods. I am trained in Orton-Gillingham, certified by IMSLEC (International Multisensory Language Education Council)and ALTA (Academic Language Therapy Association). I hold a license in Special Ed (aide)from Wisconsin DPI and taught K-12 students in a charter school for students with special needs.

Study Skills

Some students seem to learn easily but most of us need a method to boost our understanding of new material. I can show you how to study so that you learn what's important and don't waste your time reading over and over again without really grasping what is needed. Logic, organization and multisensory methods make all the difference!

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Education

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (Speech)

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Grad School (Master's)

Excellent, the very best My nephew did long term tutoring with Barb. She is outstanding. She was there with him in each moment, catching the difficulties and continually breaking down the learning process into smaller and smaller pieces until he could find the part he could do, gradually building more and more confidence and skill. Barb is kind, generous, positive, and fun. She presented good challenges all along the way. ...

— John from Highwood, IL on 6/22/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

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Barbara will travel within 15 miles of Elm Grove, WI 53122.

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