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Pat D.

Phoenix, AZ

$55/hour

EXPERT, EFFECTIVE Phonics instructor= Improved comprehension/spelling.

In-person lessons
20+ Hours
5.0 average from 12 ratings
Pat is amazing!
— Rosa, Tolleson, AZ on 12/18/16

$55/Hour


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About Pat

ASK YOURSELF:
Is your child struggling with reading. Have you been told your child has ADD/ADHD and your child also struggles with reading and/or comprehension? Does your child have an IEP or is in special education classes where he/she is learning to read by memorizing lists of "sight" words or "high frequency" words?
ASK YOUR CHILD (if he/she is struggling with reading in primary or elementary grades) Even older students may misread the second sentence.

Have your child who read the two following sentences. Take note of any words the child misreads.

1. Mother will not like me to play games in my big red hat.

2. Mike fed some nuts and figs to his tame rat.

Logic of the assessment:
The first sentence is composed entirely of primer sight-words. Key words: like, games, big, red, and hat.

The second is composed of simple, phonetically regular words, not usually taught as sight-words.
Key words: Mike, fed, figs, tame and rat. They rhyme with the key words in the first sentences.

Student who can read the first sentences but have problems with the second are reading by whole word configuration with a minimum of phonetic clues. They need IMMEDIATE instruction in decoding English words with phonics.

ASK YOUR CHILD'S TEACHER:
Ask your child's teacher(s) to explain to you what decoding and encoding means when it comes to reading. (Decoding = READING by pronouncing the sounds of the letters of words, left to right, across the word, from beginning to end. Encoding = SPELLING by saying the sounds and writing the letters.

ASK ME:
Ask me about my approach to teaching struggling students. My program, PHONICS STEPS TO READING SUCCESS [PSRS] is a systematic program to teach reading (decoding) and spelling (encoding) skills and strategies to students of all ages. My other book of information for parents and teachers, THE SECRET CLUB: Why and How We Must Teach Phoncis and Essential Literacy Skills to Readers of All Ages addresses the difference between physiological dyslexia and educationally-caused dyslexia symptoms.

Students whom I have taught who exhibited dyslexia symptoms were able to focus on decoding (reading) across the word, one sound at a time to achieve accuracy and fluency. Recently, Georgetown University did research supporting this theory: "The value of training with explicit phonics was shown in modern research in the field of the study of dyslexia. For example, a recent "brain imaging study of dyslexia shows that differences in the visual system do not cause the disorder but instead are likely a consequence." They compared older students with dyslexia to peers without, and also to younger students without dyslexia who were at the older students' reading level. While their visual systems were, in fact, different from their peers, but they were similar to younger students at the same reading level. This means that reading itself produces neurological changes needed for effective processing of written material, something we want for dyslexics regardless of the cause of their reading difficulties. "

If you or someone you know ages 9-99 is struggling to spell, read or comprehend with success, I will be able to help. I use my fast-paced, fun phonics approach that can be completed (or at least enable you and your child to advance in reading skills) in 10-15 hours. As a former highly successful elementary school teacher, school librarian, college-course author and instructor as well as a current author and developer of effective phonics, vocabulary, and spelling strategies, I have a track record of helping students of all ages to improve 1-6 reading levels (grade levels) in a matter of hours. My approach will provide you with immediate success and transferable, life-long skills.

Following, is a comment about my teaching:
"I have highly recommended this class and its methods to all of my reading teacher colleagues."
ASK YOURSELF:
Is your child struggling with reading. Have you been told your child has ADD/ADHD and your child also struggles with reading and/or comprehension? Does your child have an IEP or is in special education classes where he/she is learning to read by memorizing lists of "sight" words or "high frequency" words?
ASK YOUR CHILD
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Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 0 miles of Phoenix, AZ 85016
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Pat is amazing!"

- Rosa, Tolleson, AZ on 12/18/16

"Excellent Phonics Tutor"

- Randi, Phoenix, AZ on 1/20/16

"Expert, Patient and Motivational"

- Alan, Phoenix, AZ on 12/9/15

"Wonderful tutor"

- Cornelia, Phoenix, AZ on 4/22/15
English:
Grammar, Reading,
Vocabulary
Language:
Reading
Special Needs:
Dyslexia,
Phonics,
Reading,
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Study Skills, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Dyslexia

My book, on phonics and literacy addresses the difference between physiological dyslexia and educationally-caused dyslexia symptoms. Students whom I have taught who exhibited dyslexia symptoms were able to focus on decoding (reading) across the word, one sound at a time to achieve accuracy and fluency. Recently, Georgetwon University did research supporting this theory:

"The value of training with explicit phonics was shown in modern research in the field of the study of dyslexia. For example, a recent "brain imaging study of dyslexia shows that differences in the visual system do not cause the disorder, but instead are likely a consequence." They compared older students with dyslexia to peers without, and also to younger students without dyslexia who were at the older students' reading level. While their visual systems were, in fact, different from their peers, but they were similar to younger students at the same reading level. This means that reading itself produces neurological changes needed for effective processing of written material, something we want for dyslexics regardless of the cause of their reading difficulties. "

Phonics

I am the author of a phonics learning program which uses a fast-paced, word-attack system for improving and developing reading skills. I have co-authored and written two literacy teacher-training courses for Rio Salado College and taught both for approximately 13 years. I use my materials and strategies in my tutoring. Depending on variables such as a student's age, reading background, and general current skill level, students increase 1-6 years based on a pre and post test.

Reading

I have a passion and the skills for guiding students to reading success. I have been a successful classroom teacher and school librarian. My phonics reading program and textbooks are used in schools and in college courses to teach teachers how to teach phonics and reading strategies to students from kindergarten through high school.

Pat is amazing!

Pat is working with our son who was diagnosed with ADHD and developmental delay since age 3. He has been receiving special ed services since preschool with little progress, he is now in 4th grade and reads at kindergarten level at best. Pat has been the answer we searched for a long time, nothing was more frustrating to us than the hopelessness of not being be able to teach our son. Finding Pat an

— Rosa, Tolleson, AZ on 12/18/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Pat will travel within 0 miles of Phoenix, AZ 85016.