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Barbara L.

Anyone can learn to read--and to read well.

Anyone can learn to read--and to read well.

$45/hour

  • 1,953 hours tutoring

  • Gilbert, AZ 85234

About Barbara


Bio

I graduated from Madison Area Technical College as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. After working several years in rehab, I retired to homeschool my six children for the next 30 years, developing a curriculum that integrated all subjects and learning modalities. During those years, I also worked as an educational consultant to parents and professionals of learning disabled students before retiring to serve local students and parents directly.

My background as a COTA, with its...

I graduated from Madison Area Technical College as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. After working several years in rehab, I retired to homeschool my six children for the next 30 years, developing a curriculum that integrated all subjects and learning modalities. During those years, I also worked as an educational consultant to parents and professionals of learning disabled students before retiring to serve local students and parents directly.

My background as a COTA, with its emphasis on developmental stages, sensory integration, and cognitive development, brings a unique perspective to the tutoring community. Rather than simply helping a student pass his courses, my specialty area of cognitive (brain) training helps get to the root of a student’s learning struggles and sets him on the path to future success.

During the ten years I worked as an educational consultant to parents and these last five years as a private tutor, I have perfected dozens of techniques to aid struggling students. My techniques are often the breakthrough that a student needs to unlock his mind. It isn’t uncommon for me to hear from parents and teachers alike saying, “Why hasn’t anyone explained these concepts to me before? These make so much sense.”

Although I can work with students of any age in major subject areas, my greatest desire is to help the non-reader gain access to the written word. For most students this can happen in 10-20 lessons. I am always excited to work with parents to implement these strategies themselves, if desired, saving them $100's. And, although I can not use online tutoring for cognitive training, I am eager to share these techniques online with parents around the country so that they can help their own children thrive. Why let your student struggle any longer?


Education

Madison Area Technical College
COTA

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $45
  • Rate details: Group rates: It is sometimes possible for more than one student to be tutored together if the students have similar abilities and needs. The cost is $30/hour/student.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 0 miles of Gilbert, AZ 85234
  • Lesson cancellation: 36 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 12/7/2013

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have consulted families from around the world with struggling elementary students for the past ten years. I also homeschooled my own six children from K-12. When I tutor, I try to get to the root of the difficulty. First I will look for learning disabilities that need to be addressed. Once those are addressed, we can get down to tutoring actual subject areas. If the parent wants, I will assess the foundational skills in specific subject areas to shore up any weaknesses while parallelly addressing the immediate school work in that subject. For math I am a firm believer in initiating study with manipulatives before moving to the concrete and using visualization to bridge between the two. I will use games to solidify the math facts once the concepts are learned. I also believe that mental math is very important and should be encouraged before paperwork. In Reading and Spelling, again the foundational skills need to be addressed before actually addressing the reading and spelling themselves. We need to build working memory before teaching phonics. We can also teach some of the common sight words right away to build confidence since many sight words do not follow the phonetic rules. For writing, I have specific techniques that help the child determine WHAT to write and then techniques for organizing the student's thoughts and finally presenting the material in a way that is interesting and not trite. Typically I utilize the techniques from the Institute in Excellence in Writing for both composition and spelling and the principles and activities from RightStart Math for mathematics.
Phonics,

Phonics

Teaching struggling students to read is my passion. I use the Barton Reading and Spelling program to teach phonics to my students. However, research has shown that a student can not learn phonics until he has a working memory (digit span) of at least five. Therefore, prior to teaching phonics, I will address working memory. I will also look for visual-spatial hypersensitivity and if found, I will help the student become grounded in their visual perceptions. Finally, I will look for, and address, if necessary, any auditory and language delays the student might have, so that he or she is better able to grasp the phonics training. I look forward to opening up the world of reading to your child through phonics and the underlying skills necessary for success.
Reading,

Reading

When a student struggles with reading, it is usually because he lacks the foundation skills that are necessary to succeed. With a quick assessment, I can usually identify what skills are lacking and hone in on them. For example, many students who struggle with reading, have a very low digit span. A student needs a digit span of at least five to catch on to reading and seven to master phonics. If a student lacks this ability to sequence, they will never succeed at reading. But the good news is that there are simple exercises to address this and other foundational skills that are weak. Helping kids and adults become great readers is my passion. Contact me today and I will send you an assessment via email. Once you have filled it out, we can discuss your student's needs to decide if I am the best tutor for your child. There is never any charge for this initial consultation.
Spelling

Spelling

There are a number of different reasons why a person might not be a good speller. I like to assess the student and see what the root cause of the spelling problem is. In just a few minutes, I can usually determine what area or areas need to be worked on to improve spelling. Surprisingly, it is not usually that the student is weak in phonics that causes the spelling problems but that there is some underlying skill that is weak, such as sequencing or visual memory. This weakness makes the student unable to retain the phonics that he or she has studied. Once we address these foundational skills the student is quickly able to improve his or her spelling.

English

Reading,

Reading

When a student struggles with reading, it is usually because he lacks the foundation skills that are necessary to succeed. With a quick assessment, I can usually identify what skills are lacking and hone in on them. For example, many students who struggle with reading, have a very low digit span. A student needs a digit span of at least five to catch on to reading and seven to master phonics. If a student lacks this ability to sequence, they will never succeed at reading. But the good news is that there are simple exercises to address this and other foundational skills that are weak. Helping kids and adults become great readers is my passion. Contact me today and I will send you an assessment via email. Once you have filled it out, we can discuss your student's needs to decide if I am the best tutor for your child. There is never any charge for this initial consultation.
Spelling

Spelling

There are a number of different reasons why a person might not be a good speller. I like to assess the student and see what the root cause of the spelling problem is. In just a few minutes, I can usually determine what area or areas need to be worked on to improve spelling. Surprisingly, it is not usually that the student is weak in phonics that causes the spelling problems but that there is some underlying skill that is weak, such as sequencing or visual memory. This weakness makes the student unable to retain the phonics that he or she has studied. Once we address these foundational skills the student is quickly able to improve his or her spelling.

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have consulted families from around the world with struggling elementary students for the past ten years. I also homeschooled my own six children from K-12. When I tutor, I try to get to the root of the difficulty. First I will look for learning disabilities that need to be addressed. Once those are addressed, we can get down to tutoring actual subject areas. If the parent wants, I will assess the foundational skills in specific subject areas to shore up any weaknesses while parallelly addressing the immediate school work in that subject. For math I am a firm believer in initiating study with manipulatives before moving to the concrete and using visualization to bridge between the two. I will use games to solidify the math facts once the concepts are learned. I also believe that mental math is very important and should be encouraged before paperwork. In Reading and Spelling, again the foundational skills need to be addressed before actually addressing the reading and spelling themselves. We need to build working memory before teaching phonics. We can also teach some of the common sight words right away to build confidence since many sight words do not follow the phonetic rules. For writing, I have specific techniques that help the child determine WHAT to write and then techniques for organizing the student's thoughts and finally presenting the material in a way that is interesting and not trite. Typically I utilize the techniques from the Institute in Excellence in Writing for both composition and spelling and the principles and activities from RightStart Math for mathematics.
Reading,

Reading

When a student struggles with reading, it is usually because he lacks the foundation skills that are necessary to succeed. With a quick assessment, I can usually identify what skills are lacking and hone in on them. For example, many students who struggle with reading, have a very low digit span. A student needs a digit span of at least five to catch on to reading and seven to master phonics. If a student lacks this ability to sequence, they will never succeed at reading. But the good news is that there are simple exercises to address this and other foundational skills that are weak. Helping kids and adults become great readers is my passion. Contact me today and I will send you an assessment via email. Once you have filled it out, we can discuss your student's needs to decide if I am the best tutor for your child. There is never any charge for this initial consultation.
Spelling

Spelling

There are a number of different reasons why a person might not be a good speller. I like to assess the student and see what the root cause of the spelling problem is. In just a few minutes, I can usually determine what area or areas need to be worked on to improve spelling. Surprisingly, it is not usually that the student is weak in phonics that causes the spelling problems but that there is some underlying skill that is weak, such as sequencing or visual memory. This weakness makes the student unable to retain the phonics that he or she has studied. Once we address these foundational skills the student is quickly able to improve his or her spelling.

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have consulted families from around the world with struggling elementary students for the past ten years. I also homeschooled my own six children from K-12. When I tutor, I try to get to the root of the difficulty. First I will look for learning disabilities that need to be addressed. Once those are addressed, we can get down to tutoring actual subject areas. If the parent wants, I will assess the foundational skills in specific subject areas to shore up any weaknesses while parallelly addressing the immediate school work in that subject. For math I am a firm believer in initiating study with manipulatives before moving to the concrete and using visualization to bridge between the two. I will use games to solidify the math facts once the concepts are learned. I also believe that mental math is very important and should be encouraged before paperwork. In Reading and Spelling, again the foundational skills need to be addressed before actually addressing the reading and spelling themselves. We need to build working memory before teaching phonics. We can also teach some of the common sight words right away to build confidence since many sight words do not follow the phonetic rules. For writing, I have specific techniques that help the child determine WHAT to write and then techniques for organizing the student's thoughts and finally presenting the material in a way that is interesting and not trite. Typically I utilize the techniques from the Institute in Excellence in Writing for both composition and spelling and the principles and activities from RightStart Math for mathematics.
Reading

Reading

When a student struggles with reading, it is usually because he lacks the foundation skills that are necessary to succeed. With a quick assessment, I can usually identify what skills are lacking and hone in on them. For example, many students who struggle with reading, have a very low digit span. A student needs a digit span of at least five to catch on to reading and seven to master phonics. If a student lacks this ability to sequence, they will never succeed at reading. But the good news is that there are simple exercises to address this and other foundational skills that are weak. Helping kids and adults become great readers is my passion. Contact me today and I will send you an assessment via email. Once you have filled it out, we can discuss your student's needs to decide if I am the best tutor for your child. There is never any charge for this initial consultation.

Special Needs

ADHD,

ADHD

The child with attention issues will only become more agitated the more we demand concentration. He literally can not force himself to stay attentive. We must incrementally teach the child to pay attention. The techniques I use can start with an attention span of only three seconds and incrementally build the focusing skills to an appropriate level. Once the child is able to focus other learning issues can be addressed if necessary. Another area that many students with ADD or ADHD struggle with is the inability to sort information. We can address this issue by teaching the brain to think more systematically through cognitive training exercises. Then the student will be able to choose what information to store and store it properly. When information is stored properly the student will be able to retrieve information as needed. Contact me for an assessment that will help to determine if I am the best tutor for your child. If we decide we are a good match for each other, I will choose the best combinations of techniques from Audiblox, Davis and PACE programs for your child.
Dyslexia,

Dyslexia

Dyslexia manifests itself with a variety of symptoms, however, the most common symptom is reversals—reversals in reading, writing, spelling, and math. Research has shown that a person needs a “digit span” or “working memory” of at least five digits to learn phonics. That means that a student must be able to sequence five items before he has the capacity to learn phonetically. So, if a person is weak sequentially he can study phonics forever but never catch on to reading. Its like the proverbial “beating your head against the wall.” The typical dyslexic struggles because his left brain, which is the side that sequences things, is weak. We must first build the student’s sequencing skills to at least five, preferably seven, before we can begin to teach phonics. I have the tools your child needs to build his sequential skills so he can succeed academically. Once the student’s sequencing skills are at the appropriate level, phonics—and reading—will become easy. A smaller portion of dyslexics do not struggle with reading. Through simple assessments, I can determine what areas of weakness need to be addressed and develop a customized program for your student. I will draw exercises from Audiblox, Davis and PACE programs as well as my training as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.
Phonics

Phonics

Teaching struggling students to read is my passion. I use the Barton Reading and Spelling program to teach phonics to my students. However, research has shown that a student can not learn phonics until he has a working memory (digit span) of at least five. Therefore, prior to teaching phonics, I will address working memory. I will also look for visual-spatial hypersensitivity and if found, I will help the student become grounded in their visual perceptions. Finally, I will look for, and address, if necessary, any auditory and language delays the student might have, so that he or she is better able to grasp the phonics training. I look forward to opening up the world of reading to your child through phonics and the underlying skills necessary for success.

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have consulted families from around the world with struggling elementary students for the past ten years. I also homeschooled my own six children from K-12. When I tutor, I try to get to the root of the difficulty. First I will look for learning disabilities that need to be addressed. Once those are addressed, we can get down to tutoring actual subject areas. If the parent wants, I will assess the foundational skills in specific subject areas to shore up any weaknesses while parallelly addressing the immediate school work in that subject. For math I am a firm believer in initiating study with manipulatives before moving to the concrete and using visualization to bridge between the two. I will use games to solidify the math facts once the concepts are learned. I also believe that mental math is very important and should be encouraged before paperwork. In Reading and Spelling, again the foundational skills need to be addressed before actually addressing the reading and spelling themselves. We need to build working memory before teaching phonics. We can also teach some of the common sight words right away to build confidence since many sight words do not follow the phonetic rules. For writing, I have specific techniques that help the child determine WHAT to write and then techniques for organizing the student's thoughts and finally presenting the material in a way that is interesting and not trite. Typically I utilize the techniques from the Institute in Excellence in Writing for both composition and spelling and the principles and activities from RightStart Math for mathematics.
Reading

Reading

When a student struggles with reading, it is usually because he lacks the foundation skills that are necessary to succeed. With a quick assessment, I can usually identify what skills are lacking and hone in on them. For example, many students who struggle with reading, have a very low digit span. A student needs a digit span of at least five to catch on to reading and seven to master phonics. If a student lacks this ability to sequence, they will never succeed at reading. But the good news is that there are simple exercises to address this and other foundational skills that are weak. Helping kids and adults become great readers is my passion. Contact me today and I will send you an assessment via email. Once you have filled it out, we can discuss your student's needs to decide if I am the best tutor for your child. There is never any charge for this initial consultation.

Ratings and Reviews


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So engaging

My son loves to go work with Ms. Barb which says a lot because he is not big on learning or doing any kind of academic activities. Highly recommended!

Kelli, 31 lessons with Barbara

Amazing!

Barbara was a perfect fit for my daughter Claire and helped her immensely. My wife and I are very thankful for finding her. Very reliable, friendly and compassionate.

Jason, 19 lessons with Barbara

Very knowledgeable and insightful

Barbara is very patient and calm. You can tell she truly wants to help my son learn and figure out exactly what it is that is holding him back and work through it. My son looks forward to each session and it is already giving him more confidence because he is able to see his progress with the exercises they do each session.

Brittany, 32 lessons with Barbara

Patient and Knowledgeable

We were looking a tutor for the summer to keep our son's brain fresh before the next school year started. Over the summer we worked with Miss Barb and she provided brain training for our 8 year old son for his ADHD and dyslexia. She was very patient and found different approaches to her teaching methods that would work for our son, he improved his skills in just a few weeks with her brain training methods. She is very kind and is genuine in wanting to help your child succeed.

Erin, 18 lessons with Barbara

Caring and Patient

She has a lot of patience with my child. She seems to be making good progress with her, as we are seeing improvements.

Chantie, 58 lessons with Barbara

THE ABSOLUTE BEST!!!

Mrs Barb is FANTASTIC! I had a 13 year old who was on an IEP and struggled with reading and math. Barb was patient, flexible, and truly cared about my sons success. Barb was thorough and also gave other suggestions to help improve my son's reading level and comprehension. Barb continues to reach out to check on his progress on a regular basis. I am SO very happy we found her!

Erika , 14 lessons with Barbara

Wonderful!

Barbara was very nice. Not in any hurry either. My son felt comfortable with her. Seem like a great teacher.

Leslie, 6 lessons with Barbara

Amazing!

Barb has made a big difference in my daughter. She's doing better in her school work and is continuing to remember a lot of things she could never seem to understand. Thank you Bard your amazing!!

Amy, 11 lessons with Barbara

Excellent and highly recommended.

Barb has been such a wonderful resource! She's been working with my son for almost a year, and during that time has developed a balance between being flexible and challenging that has encouraged and empowered him to give his best effort. I've seen both his ability and his confidence grow! I've been thrilled with her hard work and would strongly recommend her to anyone!

Jared, 128 lessons with Barbara

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